PFA Section Fellow Reginald Hession has been elected to the position of ADI Vice President (Finance and Administration) at their Board of Regents Meeting during the recent gathering in Las Vegas.
Fellow Burton Conrod, past President of the Canadian Dental Association, has been selected as President-elect of the FDI for this year.
Dr. Philippe Gateau addressed their December Scientific Meeting on "l'etape incontournable en prothese fixee: l'empreinte" ["The most important step in prosthodontics--taking the impression"] held at the Club of Entretiens de Garanciere.
Dr. Anne du Sorbier is the Section Secretary. International PFA President William Winspear of Australia will attend Paris next June to hold a Wall of Fame Ceremony to place two more plaques at the Conseil National de l'Ordre. An Induction Ceremony for new Fellows is also planned at that time.
Our International Trustee Hubert Ouvrard is also the Editor for de l'Academie Nationale de Chirurgie Dentaire, and Editor of their four-color dental journal "Actualites Odonto Stomatologiques/ l'encyclopedie du praticien."
Their PFA Section also publishes a newsletter "La Lettre de la Pierre Fauchard Academy." What an opportunity to read about our Section's activities in the very language that Pierre Fauchard spoke himself!
Chair of Japan Toshio Morioka hosted their 37th Section Annual Meeting in Yaizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture last November with 67 Fellows from Japan in attendance and five Fellows from Korea. Our Korean Fellows included Chair of Korea Kim Jong-Won and past Chair Kim Hong-Ki.
The honored guest speakers were Dr. Mitsuo Ohkubo, President of the Japan Dental Association, who spoke on "Strategy on Health Care in Japan"; Dr. Tasuo Kawamura of Osake, Director of the Institute of Holistic Dentistry, who spoke on "Comprehensive Oral Health Care"; and Mr. Yoshihide Sugiyama, a Town Headman, who spoke on "Four Seasons of Country Life in the Mountain Area."
The PFA Award of Honor plaque, along with congratulatory letters from International President William Winspear of Australia and from International immediate past President Howard Mark of Connecticut, were conferred on Dr. Mitsuo Ohkubo, President of the Japan Dental Association, by Dr. Toshio Morioka, Japan Section Chair and by PFA International Trustee Dr. Mamoru Sakuda. Dr. Mitsuo Ohkubo was so recognized for this prestigious honor due to his meritorious service to the Japan Dental Association and his many years of dedication to the dental profession and its members in many ways.
Section Fellow Yasuo Suga was the event's Organizing Committee Chairman.
The four new members inducted into Fellowship were Drs. Hisao Imai, Yasuo Kawamura, Toshiichi Kannari and Yoshio Tomoyama.
The Japan Section Meeting
L-R PFA Trustee Mamoru Sakuda with new fellows Hisao Imai, Yasuo Kawamura, Toshiichi Kannari, Yoshio Tomoyama, and Chair Toshio Morioka and Chair-elect Hirokazu Hashimoto
Chair Diampo J. Lim reported holding their midyear Meeting at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Manila to design the PFA Outreach Program on Oral and Health Care Community Awareness, as well as plan for the Annual Meeting and Induction Ceremony held last May at the Hyatt Regency Hotel during the 98th annual Convention & Scientific Meeting of the Philippine Dental Association.
Seven new Fellows were inducted at their annual Meeting. Dr. Alfonso T. Lagaya, an expert on acupuncture for dental pain management presented his paper with a demonstration as part of their PFA Continuing Professional Education program.
The Section also published their first annual newsletter The Quill.
PFA Section Fellows at their annual Meeting
L-R, Section Secretary Norma Ayap, Chair Diampo Lim, CPE Speaker Alfonso Lagaya, and Dr. Roberto Tajonera
California, northern Section
Fellow Marc Geissberger was selected by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) as a Fellow in their Leadership Institute, a distinctive year-long program of intensive leadership development, organizational theory, higher education management, team and network building coupled with other aspects of personal and professional growth. The ADEA selects promising dental faculty from across the country for this elite training program. Dr.Geissberger is Chairman of the Restorative Dentistry Department at UOP's Art Dugoni School of Dentistry. He is Treasurer of the Dugoni School of Dentistry Alumni Association, President of OKU Supreme Chapter, and a PFA Fellow (Dental World, Sept/Oct issue, p. 11).
This is the seventh year of the ADEA program, which has accepted 17 faculty for the 2006-2007 class. They will meet four times during the year in Maine, California, Washington, DC, and at the ADEA Annual Session.
Past PFA President Heber Simmons reported that past PFA Vice President Jay McCaslin has passed away from cancer. Dr. McCaslin was a dynamic PFA Trustee from Region III who gave up his PFA rise to our Presidency to become President of the American College of Dentists.
PFA Fellow Cal Akal passed away last November. He was a 1950 graduate of Northwestern University Dental School before entering the Army and serving in Nuremberg, Germany. He then practiced for 38 years in Bensonville, Illinois. Besides being a Fellow in PFA and ICD, he also served in the Lions and the American Legion. Dr. Akal had designed, equipped, and implemented the first nursing home dental clinic in the Chicagoland area. He introduced the "Cad Cam" to use in the Chicago MidWinter Meeting. He was an insurance consultant to Delta Dental.
This February 7, the University of Illinois School of Dentistry hosted their 20th annual Clinic and Research Day. PFA Fellow USC Dean Harold Slavkin gave the keynote speech on "Emerging Opportunities for Dental Research and Education." Over 80 oral and poster presentations by the students and faculty were on exhibit or presented.
International Trustee Joseph Harris (Region IV) reported holding their annual Michigan Dental Association Meeting last January at the Marplex Hotel in Lansing. The PFA Section held their meeting at this time and presented their Instructor of the Year Award to the University of Detroit-Mercy's Dr. Walter Lim. Dr. Lim is a clinical assistant professor in Restorative Dentistry at UDM. Born and raised in the Philippines, he received his DDM degree from the University of the Philippines College of Dentistry in 1995. He then earned his Certificate in Prosthodontics (2001) and his Master of Science in Dentistry (2002) from the University of Indiana School of Dentistry. He completed his dental program and was mentored into a teaching position at UDM in 2004.
The Section also hosted their annual Breakfast Meeting during the Detroit District Dental Review last year in Dearborn at the Hyatt Hotel; 52 Fellows attended. Six new members were inducted into Fellowship and our PFA International President-elect, James A. Englander, was honored with their "PFA Man of the Century" Award. The Section sponsored the lecture given by Dr. Jack Turbyfill at the Detroit Dental Review entitled "The Wonderful World of Prosthodontics."
The Michigan Section has published their second 4-color Section newsletter under Chair Joseph Harris, who also serves as PFA Region IV Trustee. Their Spring Breakfast Meeting will be held during the Michigan Dental Association's Annual Session in Detroit on Saturday, 5 May, at 7 a.m. The Section will also be sponsoring the Oral pathology lecture by Dr. John Svirsky during the MDA Session.
Past PFA President Michael Perpich was honored last year by the Minnesota Dental Society with their Dentist of the Year Award.
The Community Coalition for Oral Health (CCOH) of Nevada announced their 2006 Award recipients at the Art of the Smile Gala at the Las Vegas Art Museum last October. UNLV Professor Raymond D. Rawson received the Oral Health Advocate of the Year Award, which recognizes significant achievement in advancing oral health policy or legislation in Nevada during the year.
Fifteen new members were inducted into Fellowship at the annual PFA Awards Banquet held in Las Vegas. Also honored with the Nevada Section's Dentist of the Year Award was Dr. George McAlpine, a Loyola University School of Dentistry graduate as are Nevada Chair William Rohel, PFA Secretary General Richard Kozal, and Editor James Brophy.
Past President Nicholas Saccone has had to undergo leg and then knee surgery. He is doing well in recovery at Mercy Hospital of Scranton as of this date. Dr. Judith McFadden, General Chairman of the Philadelphia ADA Session, received the PFA 2006 Dentist of the Year Award presented by PFA Chair Frank A. DiNioa at the Pennsylvania Delegates and Alternates Luncheon last April during the 138th Annual Session of the Pennsylvania Dental Association. This was reported in their Pennsylvania Dental Journal, vol. 73, #4, July/August issue, p. 35.
Fellow Eva Dahl of Onalaska was elected President of the 2900-member Wisconsin Dental Association. Dr. Dahl, a fourth generation dentist, maintains an endodontic practice after earning her dental degree at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1976 and her Certificate in Endodontics there in 1982. She has served on the Wisconsin Dental Examining Board and currently serves on the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure. She has received awards from the WDA and the University of Iowa Alumni Association as well as The American Association of Women Dentists' Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award in 1997 for her lifetime service.
Dr. Monica Hebl of Milwaukee was selected as the WDA's President-elect. She earned her dental degree from Marquette University, was the only private-practice dentist to serve on the Governor's Task Force to Improve Access to Oral Health Care in 2004-05. Dr. Hebl has served as President of the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association, Trustee for WDA's Region 3, and has been a seven-time ADA Delegate. She has been honored with two WDA Pyramid of Pride Awards.
Dr. H. Michael Kaske of Twin Lakes is to serve as WDA Vice President. He, too, is a graduate of Marquette Dental School, past President of the Burlington Dental Society, and WDA Trustee for Region 4. Dr. Kaske is a Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Dr. Michael Donohoo, a general dentist in Milwaukee, was re-elected WDA Speaker of the House of Delegates. Also a graduate of Marquette Dental School, he has served as 1994-95 GMDA President, 2002-03 WDA President, seven times ADA Delegate.
Dr. Dennis Engel, a general practitioner from Mequon, was elected to a third term as WDA Editor with time off (2002-03) to be WDA President. He is past President of the AADE (2004). He is currently the ICD Wisconsin Editor.
Dr. Constantine Stamatelakys, a periodontist in Greenfield, is immediate past WDA President and a graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry.
The December 2006 issue of the Wisconsin Dental Journal (p. 6) lauded the outstanding contributions the Mentoring Program has been making in the Wisconsin dental profession. Fellow Gene Shoemaker was particularly cited for soliciting corporate sponsorships for student participation in the program. Braden Dental Center, Dr. Neil Peterson, Dr. Ahmad Eslami, Dr. Bob Karczewski, Dr. Richard Tonelli, Dr. Gene Shoemaker, Dr. Ron Stifter and Dr. Bryan Gapson were thanked for being this year's program sponsors. Fellow John Moser, Chairan of the Mentor Advisory Group was mentioned for continuing to make the program so viable to the students. This is the 12th year of the programs success that currently has 80% of all the Marquette University School of Dentistry students involved.
On the Lookout
by President William Winspear
The many and varied accomplishments of the Fellowship of our Academy has always been impressive.
From traditional clinical settings and research laboratories to theatres of combat and remote environs, Fellows have demonstrated their tireless commitments in addressing the world's incessant oral health needs. Others have brought honour to dentistry through their contributions within their local and national communities as civic leaders, sporting champions, and administrators, as volunteer workers, patrons, and practitioners of the performing, literary, and visual arts, adventurers, and philanthropists. They all serve in their own unique fashions--and the Pierre Fauchard Academy is proud to acknowledge them as Fellows.
Sections of the Academy are constantly on the lookout for colleagues who have brought kudos to the Profession, who have distinguished themselves either in the practice of dentistry or in pursuits that have enhanced its reputation. The Academy wishes to recognise their achievements by inviting them to share in the inspiration of Pierre Fauchard.
Information regarding the nomination process for Fellowship in the Academy may be obtained from your Section Chair or the Secretary General Richard Kozal at Rkozal@aol.com" Rkozal@aol.com.