American College of Prosthodontists Announces 2015 Awards of Distinction

Posted on September 18, 2015

CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), through its awards program, formally recognizes individuals whose contributions to the specialty or to the college are outstanding and substantial. These individuals will be honored on Friday, Oct. 23, at ACP's Annual Awards & President's Dinner. The event is held during the 45th Annual Session of the American College of Prosthodontists in Orlando from Oct. 21-24, 2015.

The ACP is proud to announce the following recipients:

Dan Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Nancy S. Arbree

Dr. Nancy S. Arbree was ACP's first female president in 2004 and has played an integral role in the field of Prosthodontic academics. She introduced overdentures and overdenture attachments into the predoctoral curriculum and clinic. She also established the denture recall system and managed a special access program for geriatric denture patients. Dr. Arbree was the associate dean of academic affairs at Tufts University for 16 years, where she chaired the Curriculum Committee, managed predoctoral student schedules and served as director of the biomedical sciences courses.

Clinician/Researcher Award – Dr. Cortino Sukotjo

Dr. Cortino Sukotjo is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board Certified Prosthodontics, Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, Associate Fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics, the ADEA Policy Center Educational Research and Analysis Committee member, ADEA/William J. Gies Foundation Education Fellow, and Past President of the IADR/AADR Prosthodontic Research Group. He was recently awarded as the Best Research Mentor of the year by UIC-COD, and was the past recipient of the ACP Young Prosthodontist Innovator Award. Dr. Sukotjo has co-authored 90 peer-reviewed articles and 4 book chapters. He has mentored 65 predoctoral, resident, master, and PhD students as well as junior faculty members.

Dental Technician Leadership Award – Mr. Steven Pigliacelli

Mr. Steven Pigliacelli is a Certified Dental Technician with the National Board for Certification and has an MDT, Master of Dental Technology, from the ASMDT Certificate program at NYU. Steven is a Faculty Instructor in Post-Graduate Prosthodontics at New York University, College of Dentistry, Department of Prosthodontics in New York, NY. He manages Marotta Dental Studio and is the technical liaison between the dentist and the laboratory for case planning, telephone support, and quality control.

Distinguished Lecturer Award – Dr. Dennis Tarnow

Dr. Dennis Tarnow is currently Clinical Professor of Periodontology and Director of Implant Education at Columbia School of Dental Medicine. He is the former Professor and Chairman of the Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Tarnow has a private practice in New York City, has published over one hundred articles on perio-prosthodontics and implant dentistry, has coauthored three textbooks, and has lecture extensively in the United States and internationally in over thirty countries.

Educator of the Year Award – Dr. Heather Conrad

Dr. Heather Conrad was appointed the Director of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics and promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2012. Dr. Conrad was voted Professor of the Year by the dental students for three consecutive years from 2009-2011, has served on the Council for the American Board of Prosthodontics and Prosthodontic Section of ADEA, and is currently serving on the administrative board of the ADEA Council for Hospitals and Advanced Education Programs.

Major General Bill B. Lefler Federal Services Award – Capt. Servando Ramos

Capt. Servando Ramos is a Colonel in the United States Army Dental Corps and is the Program Director for the U.S. Army Prosthodontic Residency Program at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He is also the U.S. Army Prosthodontic Consultant to The Surgeon General. He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Prosthodontics, a Fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists and the International College of Dentists.

Prosthodontists are specialized dentists with advanced training in oral health issues, who are committed to improving patient outcomes. From implants, crowns, veneers and tooth whitening, to full-mouth reconstruction, Prosthodontists specialize in digital dentistrycosmetic dentistry, and sleep apnea solutions.

The ACP is the only prosthodontic specialty organization whose membership is based solely on education credentials. ACP members must be in or have completed an ADA-accredited advanced education program in Prosthodontics.

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