2017 Master Clinician - Dr. Jack Caton

This award is sponsored by Hu-Friedy.

The Master Clinician Award is presented to an Academy member who demonstrates clinical excellence in the periodontal specialty and willingly passes his wisdom and experience on to others. Dr. Jack Caton, researcher, educator, and practitioner, is the 2017 Master Clinician honoree, adding to his previous recognitions for Distinguished Service (2016), as an Outstanding Periodontal Educator (2009), and as an AAP Gold Medalist (2004).

In a periodontics career that spans nearly 45 years, Dr. Caton has made an indelible impact on the scientific advancement of the specialty, with extensive research that has been published in more than 110 scientific articles and book chapters. “His pioneering research work in periodontal wound healing provided the clinical as well as histological basis for evaluating and understanding periodontal regenerative procedures,” says AAP Secretary/Treasurer Dr. Bryan Frantz, citing Dr. Caton’s contributions to the development of the first biodegradable barrier membrane and of Periostat, the first dentistry drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Caton’s service to the AAP includes more than 30 years of participation on various committees, task forces, and on the Board of Trustees, including as the Academy’s president from 1999 to 2000. He has also served as president of the AAP Foundation and chairman of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Caton is currently the co-chair of the 2017 World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases. For five years, he was active on the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation, which sets and administers the standards of dental training programs across the country.

In addition to maintaining a private practice in Rochester, N.Y., Dr. Caton is a clinical dentistry professor, periodontics program director, and periodontics chair at the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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