The 2011 Pierre Fauchard Academy Annual Meeting took place at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel near Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Highlights of the meeting were celebrating the 75th Anniversary of PFA, the ADA Opening Session, the Annual Awards Ceremony, the President's Reception, and the Dinner Party on the last day. Both the Academy and the Foundation held business meetings during which many tasks were accomplished. The Grants Committee of the Foundation made the final decisions for 2011 grant recipients. The Section Chairs attended a productive Section Caucus to discuss ideas and learn more about the Foundation application process for PFA Sections to receive funding for Grant projects. New Officers were sworn in and new Fellows were inducted into the Academy. We hope that many of you will be able to attend the next Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California in October 2012.
Annual Business Meeting
The 2011 Board Meeting opened with an invocation by Region 10 Trustee Dr. Michael Schafhauser. The meeting minutes from the 2010 meeting were approved and Dr. Daniel Castagna from California was voted in as the new Vice President for 2012. The passing in the last year of three important Fellows who all served as PFA Past Presidents were noted: Dr. Leo Bongers, Dr. George Higué, and Dr. C.F. Larry Barrett. Officers gave updates to their reports, which were printed in the Meeting Booklet. Executive Director Judith Kozal presented her research into the feasibility of adding of State/Section dues as an option for Section Chairs in the 2013 national dues payment statements that are mailed out from the Central Office. She also updated the Board on current membership status worldwide and Dental Abstracts subscriptions. Motions were passed to hire a firm to perform the search for a new PFA Executive Director and also hopefully to locate the next Central Office in the Chicago, Illinois, area. PFA Accountant Dan Jonker presented a report on the current financial situation and the projected budget for next year.
Everyone noted that the PFA 75th Anniversary events and unveiling of the newly installed Hall of Fame were all very successful. Ms. Jennifer Teale, Executive Director of the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, made a presentation about Foundation activities and plans; Foundation President James Long also was in attendance. The next 2012 Annual Board Meeting will be held in San Francisco, California.
PFA Section Chair Caucus Meeting - Las Vegas, Nevada, October 9, 2011
In conjunction with the Pierre Fauchard Academy's Annual Meeting, the Board of Trustees of the Academy held the Section Chair Caucus Meeting on October 9, with more 30 participants. The following Section Chairs attended from different regions: Dr. Christiaan Colpaert, Belgium Section; Dr. Laurie Moeller, Lousiana section; Dr. Amarilis Jacobo, New York Section; Dr. Matt Edmund Cohlmia, Oklahoma Section; Dr. Richard O. Petty, Utah Section; Dr. Robin Reich, Georgia Section; Dr. Cynthia Bolton, North Carolina Section; Dr. Aldo Boccia, Canada, Ontario, Section; Dr. Bruce Ward, Canada, British Columbia, Section; Dr. Ashur Chavoor, Washington, DC, Section; Dr. Barry Feder, former Washington State Chair and new Region 5 Trustee; and Dr. Terry Brewick, Colorado Section. The overall Caucus Meeting was coordinated by Vice President Dr. Ernesto Acuña.
The session started with a slide presentation by Dr. Acuña on the history of the Academy. It was followed by a presentation by Ms. Jennifer Teale, Executive Director of the PFA Foundation, which clarified the PFA Section application process for Foundation grants. Next a review of new Web site Member Services features was provided by Mr. Mark Stanley, PFA Dental World Editor and Web Site Manager. Dr. Keishi Matsumoto, Japan Section Chair, later gave a brief report on activities in his Section. Dr. Terry Brewick, Colorado Section Chair, served as facilitator and moderator to lead the Caucus session's open discussion format, where Chairs were able to bring up topics of importance to their Sections and Regions and share insights. Some proposed suggestions were adding the collection of state dues to the national dues statements, providing an electronic version of the Leadership Manual online along with supporting documents and templates, and adding an online Web blog that Fellows can use to share ideas and discuss topics of importance.
PFA Officers and Trustees from different Regions were also present, including Dr. Hubert Ouvrard, President; Dr. Joe Harris. President- Elect; Dr. Steve Hedlund, Immediate Past President; Dr. José Dahan, Region 1; Dr. Lynne Halik, Region 2; Dr. Karyn Stockwell, Region 3; Dr. Cheri Newman, Region 4; Dr. Dan Castagna, Region 5; Dr. Tom Breneman, Region 6; Dr. Omar Campos, Region 7; Dr. Mark Sinclair, Region 8; Dr. Kiyoshi Ohura, Region 9; Dr. Mike Schafhauser, Region 10; Mrs. Judith Kozal, Executive Director; and Dan Jonkers, PFA Accountant.
Representing the PFA Foundation were the Foundation President Dr. James Long and Foundation Executive Director Ms. Jennifer Teale. Also present were Foundation Board members Dr. Kevin Roach, Dr. Gary Lowder, Dr. Howard Mark, Dr. Charles Eller, Dr. James Englander, and Dr. Malcom David Campbell.
--PFA Vice President Ernesto Acuña
PFA Vice President Ernesto Acuña gives an overview of the history of the Academy at the Section Chair Caucus.
Planning for the 2012 Section Chair Caucus
The Section Caucus in San Francisco 2012 will have a new look and feel. Preparations are underway to ensure the Caucus will be both informative and enjoyable. Hopefully the Caucus will be scheduled following the Awards Luncheon when there is a free afternoon for anyone who is an ADA delegate. Scheduling of the Caucus has been problematic in the past in that there were conflicts with ACD, ICD, or ADA events. Such conflicts will not occur in San Francisco. I am in the process of developing a committee composed of Section Chairs internationally to determine everyone's concerns and to set an agenda for next year's Section Caucus. The committee will first construct a survey that will be sent to all Section Chairs of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Once the surveys are returned they will be reviewed and concerns will be outlined. It is hoped that many of the concerns can be addressed before the Annual Meeting. As of the writing of this article, I have seven enthusiastic Section Chairs who have agreed to serve on this committee. In the interest of fairness, I am not publishing the names of the full committee in this article because I want to extend the opportunity for all Section Chairs to participate, and I have not had the opportunity to contact everyone yet. The full committee will be posted in the March/April issue of Dental World.
--Colorado Section Chair Terry L. Brewick, DDS
PFA 75th Anniversary Honored at the ADA Opening Session
On the morning of October 10, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the PFA's 75th Anniversary was recognized at the ADA Opening Session. Forty Fellows and friends of the Pierre Fauchard Academy were invited to attend the opening session as guests and were seated in a reserved section in the front row. The PFA logo was displayed on the big screen as the ADA President spoke about the unique contributions of this dental honor society, and all the PFA Fellows stood before the assembled ADA attendees and were in the spotlight to be seen by all. Thanks to Colorado Section Chair Terry Brewick, who helped bring about this special event for the Fellows. Those who attended enjoyed the entertainment provided, and the highlight of the morning was a presentation and interview with the ADA Keynote Speaker Dr. Condoleezza Rice, who was 66th United States Secretary of State under President George W. Bush. Dr. Rice is now a faculty member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a director of its Global Center for Business and the Economy. What a great way to celebrate PFA's 75th Anniversary.
Awards Luncheon in Las Vegas
The 75th Anniversary of the Pierre Fauchard Academy (1936-2011) was celebrated at the Annual PFA Awards Luncheon on Monday, October 10, 2011, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, with 2011 Vice President Ernesto Acuña presiding. As they arrived, attendees were treated to an ongoing visual slide show set to music that showed PFA Fellows from around the world at 75th Anniversary celebrations and at gatherings in their local areas.
After the opening greeting by President Hubert Ouvrard, a fine meal was shared by all the Officers and Trustees of the Academy, the Section Chairs, PFA Fellows, and international guests. Two new Fellows were inducted into the PFA Arizona section: Dr. Vijay P. Parashar, an oral and maxillofacial radiologist and an Associate Professor at Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona, and Dr. Robert D. Carpenter, Assistant Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Midwestern University, Glendale campus.
The Awards Chairman Dr. Ernesto Acuña then called forward each of the Awards Recipients: Dr. Jed J. Jacobson, Senior Vice President for Professional Services and Chief Science Officer, Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, for the Gold Medal Award; Ms. Julie Charlestein from Premier Dental Products Company, Inc., for the Dental Trade & Industry Award; Ms. Jane Ryley, Senior Publisher at Elsevier Inc, for an Honorary Fellowship; and Dr. Christian S. Stohler, Dean of the Dental School of Maryland, for the Special Appreciation Award.
Also mentioned were 2011 Awards that already had been presented in France on the occasion of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Academy. The Elmer Best Award was received by Dr. José Font-Buxó, from Valencia, Spain; the Certificate of Merit was received by Dr. Patrick Missika from France; and the Presidential Award was given to Dr. Euneniusz Spiechowicz from Poland.
A final award was presented by the Foundation to honor the memory of PFA Fellow Dr. Thomas Grams. The Special PFA Foundation Humanitarian Award was received by Dr. Hubert Ouvrard in absentia for the family of Dr. Grams, who could not attend the Awards Luncheon.
At the end of the luncheon, the officers for 2011-2012 were installed: Dr. Joseph C. Harris, President; Dr. Ernesto Acuña, President-Elect; and Dr. Daniel Castagna, Vice President. Dr. Barry Feder of the PFA Washington Section was sworn in as the new Region 5 Trustee. Dr. Francisco Omar Campos of the PFA Chile Section was sworn in as the new Region 7 Trustee. A plaque and pin were presented to the Immediate Past President Dr. Hubert Ouvrard by newly installed President Dr. Joseph C. Harris.
--Dr. Ernesto Acuña, 2012 PFA President-Elect
PFA 2011 Awards Recipients
75th Pierre Fauchard Academy Gold Medal
Jed J. Jacobson, DDS, MS, MPH Chief Science Officer and Senior Vice President, Professional Services; Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana
Dr. Jed J. Jacobson is Chief Science Officer and Senior Vice President of Professional Services of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. In this position, Dr. Jacobson oversees the administration of Professional Review and Professional Relations and directs Delta Dental's Research and Data Institute, which is dedicated to the application of scientific evidence to improve dental plan design. Dr. Jacobson is an expert in dental research whose areas of focus include the linkage between oral and systemic health and the cost- effectiveness of dental services. Before joining Delta Dental in 2001, Dr. Jacobson was an Associate Professor, Assistant Dean for Community and Outreach Programs, and Interim Chair of Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Oncology at The University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He also served The University of Michigan School of Dentistry in a variety of academic appointments. He believes that with one small gesture, you can change your life and the lives of others for the better!
Dr. Jacobson has been selected by the American Dental Association (ADA) to serve as a course coordinator and instructor for the ADA's 5-year continuing education program for dentists, which is aimed at increasing their role in the prevention and detection of oral cancer. He serves as a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Journal of the American Dental Association. Dr. Jacobson is also a member of the American and International Associations of Dental Research, the American Dental Association, the Washtenaw District Dental Society, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists. He serves as an advisor (the voice of oral health) to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. Dr. Jacobson was appointed in 2005 as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor and a member of the Dean's Faculty at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
Dr. Jacobson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan Technological University, a DDS degree from The University of Michigan, a master's degree (MS) in oral diagnosis radiology from The University of Michigan, and a master's degree (MPH) in health service administration from the University of California, Los Angeles. He operated general dentistry practices in Livonia and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Elmer S. Best Memorial Award
Dr. José Font-Buxó Madrid, Spain
Born in Valencia, Spain, on March 11, 1933, Dr. Font-Buxó is a thirdgeneration dentist, with seven dentists in his family. He has a long list of degrees and accomplishments, including an MD from Valencia University in 1956, a DMD from Madrid University in 1958, and a Restorative Dentistry Specialist designation from Tufts University, Boston, in 1960, along with eight awards, the publication of 70 articles, the dictation of 35 courses, the presentation of 80 lectures, and the simultaneous translation from English to Spanish of 62 postgraduate courses. He is a consultant to seven professional journals.
Dr. Font-Buxó is a member of six Spanish National Dental Scientific Societies and is a member of the American Dental Association, American Equilibration Society, Pankey Foundation, Societe Odontologique de Paris, International Dental Federation, International College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He was Secretary, Treasurer, and International Relations of the Spanish Dental Council from 1995-2007 and President of the ERO-FDI and FDI Councillor from 2004-2007. Publications include his Testament, "The Ten Commandments for the Dentist."
Dr. José Font-Buxó received the Elmer Best Award in person at the PFA 75th Anniversary Celebration on June 16, 2011, in Paris, France.
Dental Trade & Industry Award
Julie Charlestein Premier Dental Products Company Premier Dental Products Company develops and manufactures innovative materials, instrumentation, and products to meet the needs of the dental, hygiene, and medical communities. Family owned and operated for nearly 100 years, Premier has delivered many prominent brands to the global marketplace, including RC-Prep, Triple Tray, Enamel Pro, and Traxodent.
Premier was founded by Julius Charlestein, and in 1965 his son Morton (Mr. M.) took over the Presidency. In 2011, at 95 years of age, Mr. M. passed away. His personal and affable manner won the hearts of all who knew him, and his vast experience had made him a leader in the industry and a role model for community involvement.
Premier's philosophy of cultivating and actualizing novel products to be brought through the dealer network is largely driven by Mr. M.'s legacy. Premier and its talented team, led by third- and fourth-generation family members Gary and Julie Charlestein, continue to pioneer inventive products and technologies for better oral health.
Certificate of Merit Award
Professor Patrick Missika Paris 7 University Dental School, France
Dr. Patrick Missika graduated in 1971 from Paris 7 University Dental School. In 1972 he earned a certificate of Anthropology, and in 1973 he earned a Certificate of Oral Surgery. His doctoral thesis in 1975 was on vitreous carbon implants. Since 1971 he has taught at Paris 7 University Dental School. He became an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Oral Surgery Department in 1976 and Professor in 1982. He created the first postgraduate program in implantology in France in 1984.
Dr. Missika is currently Director of the Postgraduate Program in Implantology, Surgery, and Prosthetics, Head of the Implantology Department, and Vice Dean of the Paris 7 University Dental School in charge of the continuing education program and communication. He also serves in a variety of capacities as Clinical Professor at Paris 7 University Dental School, Director of the Implant Postgraduate Program, Oral Surgeon of Paris Hospital, Associate Professor of Tufts University, Boston, USA, and Law Expert for the Paris Law Court and National Law Supreme Court.
Dr. Missika is a member of many scientific associations such as the Société Odontologique of Paris, the French Dental Association, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He was Scientific President of the French Dental Association in 1999. He is the founder and President of the French Association of Implantology and President of the Law Experts of France. Since 2009, he has been Director of Entretiens de Garancière, a main scientific meeting.
Dr. Missika is the author of 12 books and more than 500 communications and publications. His most recent publications are Bone Augmentation in Oral Implantology in collaboration with Fouad Khoury and Hadi Antoun for Quintessence International (in English) and Keys of Success in Implantology in collaboration with Marc Bert, CDP Editor.
Professor Eugeniusz Spiechowicz Professor Eugeniusz Spiechowicz was born on June 10, 1929, in Marki, near Warsaw. He was a Boy Scout in Grey Ranks (Polish: Szare Szeregi, a code name for the underground Polish Scouting Association during World War II) and a soldier for Home Army (Polish: Armia Krajowa).
He studied dentistry at the Medical Academy in Warsaw (now called the Medical University of Warsaw). He graduated in 1952. In 1963 he obtained a doctoral degree in Medical Sciences, and in 1968 he obtained his Polish Habilitation degree. In 1975 he obtained the title of Associate Professor, and in 1984 became a Professor.
From 1970 to 1973 Professor Spiechowicz was the director of the Institute of Dental Propedeutics and Prophylaxis. For 27 years, from 1973 to 1999, he was the Director of the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry at the Dental Institute of the Medical Academy in Warsaw.
As a Visiting Professor, he gave lectures and seminars in academic centers in Amsterdam, Bagdad, Arhus, Budapest, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Kuopio, Lipsk, London, Mainz, Malmo, Munster, New York, Portland, Quebec, and Tiibingen.
He was the Vice-Rector of the Medical Academy in Warsaw and the President of the National Board for Prosthetic Dentistry. Professor Spiechowicz also was a member of the Board of the Scientific Council of the Ministry of Health and a World Health Organization expert; the Dental Prosthetics Society of the German Democratic Republic; and the Dental Prosthetics Society of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since 1975 he has been the editor-in-chief of Dental Prosthetics magazine.
Professor Spiechowicz is a Member of the Polish Stomatological Association (Vice President for four terms of office), the British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry, and the European Prosthodontic Association (Co-founder and President). Professor Spiechowicz is also an Honorary Member of scientific associations in Poland, including the Polish Stomatological Association, the National Association of Oral Implantology, and OSIS. Abroad he belongs to the European Prosthodontic Association (EPA), the German Society for Dental Prosthetics and Technology, and the Slovenian Dental Association.
The Professor's scientific and journalistic achievements include 230 works published in national and foreign magazines, 16 textbooks, several monographs and didactic films, and eight research projects for Medical Academy in Warsaw, KBN (State Committee for Scientific Research) and the Ministry of Health. He has Tempus Phare Participation in more than 300 conferences, symposia, and congresses of Polish and foreign scientific associations, was a promoter of 15 dissertations, a supervisor of two habilitations, performed 23 reviews of dissertations, habilitations, and professorial theses, and received 27 awards for scientific and didactic activity.
In addition, he has received 15 State decorations, including the Gold Cross of Merit. In 1999 he was granted the Knight's Cross and Officer's Cross in the Order of Rebirth of Poland, and in 2011 he was awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of Rebirth of Poland, one of Poland's highest Orders.
In the years 1991-2003, Professor Spiechowicz was Vice-Chair of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Poland Section (the Section was created in 1991). From 2003 until now he has been the Section's Chair.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of his work in the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry at the Dental Institute of the Medical Academy in Warsaw, now called the Medical University of Warsaw.
Professor Eugeniusz Spiechowicz was recognized for the Presidential Award at the PFA 75th Anniversary celebration on June 16, 2011, in Paris, France.
Honorary Fellowship Award
Jane Ryley, Senior Publisher Mosby Inc. (Elsevier)
Jane Ryley, a native of Canada, has more than 33 years of experience in the publishing profession, working in the areas of sales, editorial, marketing, advertising, and administration. Her portfolio at Elsevier consists exclusively of dental journals, which allows her to completely focus on the specialties contained within the profession. Several of the journals for which she is responsible are Dental Abstracts, the Journal of Endodontics, the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontology.
Special Appreciation Award
Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent Dean, University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Dean Christian S. Stohler, DMD, has led the University of Maryland School of Dentistry since 2003. During his tenure, Dr. Stohler has enhanced the curriculum, expanded the school's global presence, and cut the ribbon on state-of-the-art dental facilities in Baltimore and Perryville, MD.
A recognized clinician and researcher, he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Bern, Switzerland, in 1974 and earned his Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DrMedDent) from the same institution in 1975. Dr. Stohler also received certificates in oral surgery and prosthodontics. Before joining the dental school, he held several positions at the University of Michigan, including Professor, Research Scientist, Director of Research, and Chairman of the Department of Biologic and Material Sciences.
Dr. Stohler has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the William R. Mann and Roy & Natalie Roberts Endowed Professorships. He also served as President of the Neuroscience Group of the International Association of Dental Research and chaired the Board of Scientific Councilors at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Dr. Stohler has made frequent contributions to the body of dental research, authoring more than 100 articles and book chapters.
Special PFA Foundation Humanitarian Award
Given Posthumously to Thomas L. Grams, DDS Thomas L.
Grams was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, to Paul and Irene Grams on February 7, 1959. He grew up in various towns in Minnesota including Annandale, Chisholm, and Park Rapids, and he graduated from Parks High School in 1977.
In high school he was a member of the National Honor Society for 2 years and lettered in football and track. He then attended the University of Minnesota at Duluth, graduating in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He next attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1985.
After dental school he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to work as an associate in a dental practice. About 2 years later he moved to Durango, Colorado, and became a partner with Dr. Greg Brown's practice. Dr. Grams eventually bought the practice and acquired several partners of his own before selling his share of the practice and retiring in December 2007.
Dr. Grams loved the outdoor opportunities in Durango--telemark skiing, hiking, mountain biking, white water kayaking, and rafting. He thoroughly enjoyed going to Utah to hike in the slot canyons or for mountain biking. Well before Dr. Grams retired, he worked with Charity Ground to provide free dental care in Third World countries. He was inspired to help the less fortunate after listening to a gentleman from Afghanistan tell of his life while fighting the Russians. The torture and beating from Russian forces and the Taliban left him with a number of injuries and severely damaged teeth. After this conversation, Dr. Grams arranged to repair the man's teeth for free, which led to a long-term friendship. As a result, other Afghans who lived in the Four Comers area also became his good friends. These friends, in conjunction with several charity groups established in Afghanistan following the U.S. invasion in 2001, led Dr. Grams to eight different humanitarian trips to the country.
Dr. Grams worked with a number of organizations in Afghanistan, but primarily the Afghan Relief Organization (ARO). With the assistance of the ARO, he spent several months on different trips, living in a village in the south central part of the country. He also helped to establish a dental clinic in Kabul and assisted the local dentist with additional training, as well as providing dental services to the students at the school. After his retirement, Tom was spending 5 or more months abroad at a time helping with dental clinics in Nepal, India, Myanmar, and Central America. He loved helping people with his skills, especially kids, and he loved traveling to remote regions.
Dr. Grams was killed in an ambush in Afghanistan on August 5, 2010, at age 51, while on a dental care mission doing what he cared about the most. He is survived by his parents, Paul and Irene Grams, his older brother Craig, and his twin brother Tim. He was preceded in death by his older sister Lynette.
PFA President Dr. Hubert Ouvrard receives the special plaque for the family of Dr. Grams from PFA Foundation President Dr. James Long
PFA Past President Steve Hedlund, New PFA President Joseph C. Harris, and Immediate PFA Past President Hubert Ouvrard.
Section Chair Ashur Chavoor, Past President Chuck Eller, Foundation Trustee Bill Kort, and Region 7 Trustee Omar Campos.
The President's medallion is bestowed upon new President Joseph Harris by Immediate Past President Hubert Ouvrard.