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NAVIGATING LEADERSHIP The Academy salutes its 2017 award winners One of the American Academy of Periodontology’s (AAP’s) yearly highlights is the presentation of its Academy Awards, which salutes members whose leadership, contributions, and dedication have transformed the specialty and made an impact on the broader dental community. Get to know 2017’s Academy honorees, who will be recognized at a special ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 9., during the AAP’s 103 rd Annual Meeting in Boston. David Cochran, DDS, PhD – Gold Medal Award For more than 40 years of service and an enduring imprint on the Academy and the specialty of periodontics, the AAP bestows the Gold Medal Award, its highest honor, on Dr. David Cochran. This devoted educator has held various academic appointments, most recently as the professor and chair of the department of periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, a position he’s held for 25 years. Prior to this, he ascended the ranks at the Medical College of Virginia (now known as the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine) from teaching assistant in 1975, to clinical instructor in 1981, to assistant professor in 1985, and finally to director of postgraduate periodontics from 1989 to 1992. “Dr. Cochran has mentored many clinicians, researchers, and educators who have contributed greatly to our profession,” says Dr. Pamela K. McClain, one of 30 AAP members to nominate him for this award. “He also generously shares his expertise through continuing education courses at the AAP Annual Meeting as well as numerous national and international programs every year. Many individuals have benefitted from his shared knowledge and expertise.” With more than 360 publications to his credit, Dr. Cochran has also had an illustrious career in research, which includes landmark reports on morphogenetic proteins and osseous regeneration. “His stellar accomplishments continue to this day as he uses his biochemical and clinical backgrounds to unlock the nature of peri-implantitis with the development of evidence-based treatment modalities,” Dr. McClain says. A past president of the AAP, Dr. Cochran is also a longtime member of the American Association for Dental Research, the Texas Dental Association, and the Academy of Osseointegration (for which he is a past president), in addition to many other groups where he has served on numerous committees and task forces. He adds his Gold Medal decoration to his 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award, 2007 William J. Gies Periodontology Award, four R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Awards, and a 1999 Special Citation Award. Dr. Cochran is a 1981 dental graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, where he completed his doctoral degree in biochemistry the following year. In 1985, he earned a Master of Science degree in oral biology and a certificate in periodontology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. A board-certified periodontist, Dr. Cochran also earned a Master of Science degree in biochemistry in 1977 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern in Switzerland in 2010. Jack Caton, DDS – Master Clinician Award 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 the Outstanding Periodontal Educator (2009), and as the AAP Gold Medalist (2004) and the William J. Gies Award (1993). 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 120 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. In 2008, he was awarded the Norton M. Ross Award for excellence in clinical research. AAP Perio spectives | 12

The Academy Salutes Its 2017 Award Winners

The Academy salutes its 2017

award winners

One of the American Academy of Periodontology’s (AAP’s) yearly highlights is the presentation of its Academy Awards, which salutes members whose leadership, contributions, and dedication have transformed the specialty and made an impact on the broader dental community. Get to know 2017’s Academy honorees, who will be recognized at a special ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 9., during the AAP’s 103rd Annual Meeting in Boston.

David Cochran, DDS, PhD – Gold Medal Award

For more than 40 years of service and an enduring imprint on the Academy and the specialty of periodontics, the AAP bestows the Gold Medal Award, its highest honor, on Dr. David Cochran. This devoted educator has held various academic appointments, most recently as the professor and chair of the department of periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, a position he’s held for 25 years. Prior to this, he ascended the ranks at the Medical College of Virginia (now known as the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine) from teaching assistant in 1975, to clinical instructor in 1981, to assistant professor in 1985, and finally to director of postgraduate periodontics from 1989 to 1992.

“Dr. Cochran has mentored many clinicians, researchers, and educators who have contributed greatly to our profession,” says Dr. Pamela K. McClain, one of 30 AAP members to nominate him for this award. “He also generously shares his expertise through continuing education courses at the AAP Annual Meeting as well as numerous national and international programs every year. Many individuals have benefitted from his shared knowledge and expertise.”

With more than 360 publications to his credit, Dr. Cochran has also had an illustrious career in research, which includes landmark reports on morphogenetic proteins and osseous regeneration. “His stellar accomplishments continue to this day as he uses his biochemical and clinical backgrounds to unlock the nature of peri-implantitis with the development of evidence-based treatment modalities,” Dr. McClain says.

A past president of the AAP, Dr. Cochran is also a longtime member of the American Association for Dental Research, the Texas Dental Association, and the Academy of Osseointegration (for which he is a past president), in addition to many other groups where he has served on numerous committees and task forces. He adds his Gold Medal decoration to his 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award, 2007 William J. Gies Periodontology Award, four R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Awards, and a 1999 Special Citation Award.

Dr. Cochran is a 1981 dental graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, where he completed his doctoral degree in biochemistry the following year. In 1985, he earned a Master of Science degree in oral biology and a certificate in periodontology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. A board-certified periodontist, Dr. Cochran also earned a Master of Science degree in biochemistry in 1977 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern in Switzerland in 2010.

Jack Caton, DDS – Master Clinician Award

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 the Outstanding Periodontal Educator (2009), and as the AAP Gold Medalist (2004) and the William J. Gies Award (1993).

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 120 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. In 2008, he was awarded the Norton M. Ross Award for excellence in clinical research.

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 professor, periodontics program director, and periodontics chair at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Eastman Institute for Oral Health.

Hom-Lay Wang, DDS, MS, PhD – Distinguished Scientist and Outstanding Periodontal Educator Awards

The Outstanding Periodontal Educator Award is sponsored by Hu-Friedy

This year, the Academy is pleased to present two awards to one esteemed honoree, a man whose nomination was brought forth by 12 of his colleagues and former students: Dr. Hom-Lay Wang is the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Periodontal Educator Award and the Distinguished Scientist Award. Dr. Wang is the endowed collegiate professor of periodontology at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where he has served as the director of the Graduate Periodontal Program for more than 20 years.

Dr. Wang, whose research interests include oral plastic surgery, regeneration, tissue engineering, and other implant-related topics, has published more than 130 scientific abstracts, 25 book chapters, and more than 500 scientific articles. With over 25,000 citations to his work, Dr. Wang has proven himself as a veritable authority in the specialty. “He is one of the most prolific authors in the profession,” says Dr. Henry Greenwell professor and director of graduate periodontics at the University of Louisville. “His extensive knowledge of periodontal and implant literature gives him a unique, perspicacious command of the state of the art,” he says. Because of this clinical acumen, more than 30 scientific publications (including the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, the Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry, the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, Clinical Oral Implants Research, International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, and the AAP’s Journal of Periodontology) have invited Dr. Wang to serve on their editorial boards. He has also given more than 650 lectures around the world.

Dr. Wang’s knack for research is not independent of his love for teaching. In fact, his students often have a front-row seat to his clinical investigations and presentations of his work. Says colleague Dr. William Giannobile, Najjar endowed professor and chair at the University of Michigan’s Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine: “Through all these efforts he includes students in integral learning experiences of clinical research. As a result, graduates of the University of Michigan periodontics program typically have multiple publications and a sincere appreciation of the evidence base in clinical periodontics.”

As an educator, he has trained more than 85 graduate students from all over the world, with many of them entering private practice or becoming educators themselves. His students have also gone on to attain fellowships, training grants from the National Institutes of Health, and research awards. Five of his students have won the Balint Orban Memorial Competition, and 11 have been named as finalists.

Of the many qualities that make Dr. Wang an outstanding educator, his students consistently note his generosity, mentorship, and enthusiasm. “Dr. Wang exudes passion and excitement for periodontics, encouraging his students to appreciate, master, and contribute to the field. Every discussion is an opportunity to weave classic and current literature into the equation, emphasizing important themes so they become second nature to students,” says former trainee Dr. Alexandra Plonka. “During classroom discussion and rigorous oral exams, he stresses we understand, not memorize. The knowledge is ours to apply to clinical practice and unexpected scenarios in our future careers.”

Dr. Wang is also active in organized dentistry, holding presidencies at the Midwest Society of Periodontology and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and acting on a number of committees, commissions, and task forces for the AAP, American Dental Association, and the Academy of Osseointegration.

John Kobs, DDS, MS – Distinguished Service Award

This award is sponsored by Kittleman & Associates

The Distinguished Service Award is conferred to those who have spent more than 20 years of their membership in service to the Academy and the specialty. Michigan periodontist Dr. John Kobs is the 2017 Distinguished Service honoree.

Dr. Kobs’ work with the AAP began in 1987 as the vice chairman of the New Practitioner Committee, continuing with participation on the Public and Professional Communications Committee, District IV Nomination Committee, Executive Director Review Committee, Nominating Committee, and Finance Committee. For three consecutive years, he was the AAP’s representative at the American Dental Association’s Leadership Conference. He served two stints as the liaison to the Task Force on Dental Hygiene Education in 2000 and 2004, and in 2003, he became the chairman of the Task Force to Review the Annual Meeting. In 1998, he began the first of two three-year terms on the Board of Trustees, culminating in service on the Executive Committee in 2004.

In 2013, Dr. Kobs served as the president of the AAP Foundation (AAPF) after many years of contribution to its committees and Board of Directors.

“Dr. Kobs has been, and continues to be, a dedicated friend of the AAPF. His service as committee member, director, and president of the Foundation has demonstrated his commitment to the specialty, and he is also a generous benefactor,” says Dana Camacho, the AAPF’s director of development. “Dr. Kobs’ willingness to work hard, his kindness, and his sense of humor have helped the AAP Foundation succeed in carrying out its mission for the past two decades,” she says.

Dr. Kobs’ work with the AAP coincides with many years of involvement with the Midwest Society of Periodontology, eventually rising through the ranks to become its president in 1996. A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, he completed his postdoctoral residency at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Kobs has maintained a private practice in Holland, Mich., since 1977.

Hiromasa Yoshie, DDS – Honorary Membership

The AAP presents its Honorary Membership Award to a practitioner who does not qualify for active Academy membership, but has made notable contributions to the art and science of periodontology. This year’s recipient, Dr. Hiromasa Yoshie, has been instrumental as a recognized educator and researcher whose contributions on such topics as regeneration, tissue engineering, and systemic relationships have enhanced the canon of periodontal research. Dr. Yoshie is currently a professor at Niigata University’s Institute of Medicine and Dentistry in Niigata, Japan.

In addition to his extensive background in teaching and investigation, Dr. Yoshie has been an instrumental leader at the Japanese Society of Periodontology (JSP), helping to foster the group’s long-standing collaboration with the AAP. “Dr. Yoshie attended his first AAP Annual Meeting in 1984, and I always knew that I would see him even if he was not speaking at that specific event,” says Dr. Ken Kornman, editor-in-chief of the AAP’s Journal of Periodontology, for which Dr. Yoshie sits on the editorial advisory board. “He has worked tirelessly for many years to promote the close partnership between the AAP and the Japanese Society of Periodontology,“ he says.

Dr. Yoshie has presented at a number of AAP Annual Meetings over the years, including the first AAP-JSP meeting in 2000 and most recently at the 2016 Annual Meeting in San Diego. Dr. Yoshie is a recent recipient of the President’s Research Award from the Japanese Association for Dental Science. He served as president of the JSP from 2011 to 2013.

Michael Perry, DMD, MS – Humanitarian Award

The 2017 AAP Humanitarian Award is awarded posthumously to Dr. Michael Perry, an Oxford, Miss., periodontist who passed away on Aug. 14, 2016. Dr. Perry, who earned his Master of Science in Periodontics at Baylor College of Dentistry after graduating from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, opened his first periodontics office in 2002. The practice expanded to include four more locations throughout northern Mississippi and southern Tennessee.

“As his practice grew, he remembered to give back, providing periodontal and implant care at reduced or no cost for many patients who needed a break,” says Dr. Perry’s longtime mentor and friend Dr. Francis Serio, recipient of the 2004 AAP Humanitarian Award. “One story spoke of his many kindnesses for a widow with nine children, creating Christmas for them when it would otherwise have not been possible.”

Dr. Perry’s benevolence extended into the community when he invested millions into the 2013 construction of the Oxford- Lafayette Sportsplex, a 73-acre athletic complex complete with baseball, softball, football, and lacrosse fields. “He told me more than once that it did not matter whether he made a dime from this endeavor because it was the right thing to do for the kids of the Oxford area,” Dr. Serio says.

Dr. Perry was also a three-time participant of the Dominican Dental Mission Project, which was created by Dr. Serio and has provided more than $18 million in dental treatment to underserved patients in the Dominican Republic since 1982. On Dr. Perry’s final trips with the project in 2015 and 2016, he brought along his two eldest children instilling within them the importance of giving back. “Sarah and John West were able to show the kids how to brush their teeth, hand out toothbrushes, and were able to interact with the kids by playing baseball and other games,” Dr. Perry told a Mississippi newspaper shortly after returning from the 10-day mission in 2015. That year, the Dominican Dental Mission Project provided nearly $400,000 in preventative dental care, extractions, and dentures to locals.

Dr. Perry, his wife Kim (a nurse practitioner at the University of Mississippi Health Center), and two other Oxford couples perished in a plane crash as they were returning home from a dental event in Florida last year. In addition to Sarah and John West, now 14 and 13 respectively, the Perrys are survived by eight-year-old daughter Anna Reed.

“This is a great loss in so many ways,” Dr. Serio says. “Remember Michael as a great periodontist, not because of what he contributed to the literature, but because of what he contributed to humanity,” he says.

R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Award

This award is presented by the AAP Foundation

This award recognizes an outstanding recent scientific article about periodontal regeneration in the basic and clinical sciences. For their article, “A Randomized Clinical Trial Evaluating rh-FGF-2/ TCP in Periodontal Defects,” published in the May 2016 issue of the Journal of Dental Research, the Academy recognizes the following members:

• David Cochran, DDS, PhD

• Tae-Ju Oh, DDS, MS

• Michael Mills, DMD

• Donald Clem, III, DDS

• Pamela McClain, DDS

• Rachel Schallhorn, DDS, MS

• Michael McGuire, DDS

• E. Todd Scheyer, DDS, MS

• William Giannobile, DDS, DMSc

• Michael Reddy, DMD

• Ramzi Abou-Arraj, DDS, MS

• Philip Vassilopoulos, DMD, FACD

• Robert Genco, DDS, PhD

• Nico Geurs, DDS

• Akane Takemura

Clinical Research Award

This award is presented by Quintessence Publishing This award is presented to an outstanding recently published scientific article with direct clinical relevance to periodontics. The 2017 recipients of this award, authors of “A randomized, controlled, multicenter clinical trial of post-extraction alveolar ridge preservation,” published in the December 2016 issue of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, are as follows:

• E. Todd Scheyer, DDS, MS

• Rick Heard, III, DDS, MS

• Jim Janakievski, DDS, MSD

• George Mandelaris, DDS, MS

• Marc Nevins, DMD, MMSc

• Stephen Pickering, DDS

• Christopher Richardson, DMD, MS

• Bryan Pope, DMD, MSD

• Gregory Toback, DMD, MS

• Diego Velasquez, DDS

• Heiner Nagursky, PhD

Special Citation Award

This award is presented to members for outstanding work on an Academy committee or special project. Among this year’s recipients is Allan Charles, DDS, a Pasadena, Calif., periodontist who has served on numerous AAP committees. His participation includes 16 years on the Academy’s Patient Benefits and Advocacy Committee (which he chaired from 2012 to 2016) and the Board of Trustees. “Dr. Charles is very dedicated to his practice, patients, colleagues, and the Academy,” says Dr. Cary Shapoff, AAP Trustee and friend of Dr. Allan for more than 25 years. In addition to his service to the AAP, Dr. Allan is a past president of the California Society of Periodontists and the Western Society of Periodontology.

This year’s special citation honorees also include Academy Trustees David Okano, DDS, MS, Christopher Richardson, DMD, MS, and Secretary/Treasurer Elect James Wilson, DMD, who comprised the AAP Task Force on General Assembly Voting. Together, the group implemented procedures that enabled members to vote on Constitution and Bylaws amendments without having to be present at the General Assembly held during each AAP Annual Meeting. “This group went above and beyond to develop a protocol that now allows all eligible members to be involved in the voting process,” says Dr. Benjamin Duval, AAP Trustee. “This has created an incredible member benefit worthy of a special citation.”

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