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Elmer S. Best Award

The Elmer S. Best Memorial Award, named in memory of the founder of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, was established by the Board of Trustees in 1962. It is awarded when the occasion is deemed proper by the Board and to no more than one recipient in any year. Recipients must be members of the dental profession from outside the United States who have made distinguished contributions of international significance to dentistry. This award is presented at a time and place mutually agreed upon by the recipient and the presenter. 

President Feder with the Elmer S. Best Award Recipient Dr. Mahesh Verma and Region 1 Trustee Dr. Samireh Nikolakakos, award was presnted to Dr. Verma at the PFA International indution in Madrid

2017 Elmer Best Recipient:

Dr. Mahesh Verma

Professor Mark Bartold received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Adelaide in 1979.  In 1980 he received his Bachelor of Science in Dentistry with First Class Honours and in 1983 graduated Doctor of Philosophy.  He qualified for Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in the Special Stream of Periodontics in 1991.  In 1996 Professor Bartold qualified for the degree of Doctor of Dental Science on this basis of a collection of his published research papers.  He is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the Academy of Dentistry International and the International College of Dentists.

After completing his PhD in 1983 he spent two years as a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Washington, Seattle and then returned to Adelaide, Australia in 1985 to completed his specialty training in Periodontology.  In 1992 he moved to Queensland to take up the Chair in Periodontology at the University of Queensland and remained in that position until 2002 when he returned to Adelaide to take up an appointment as Professor of Periodontics and Director of the Colgate Australian Clinical Dental Research Centre at the University of Adelaide. Professor Bartold is the immediate Past-President of the International Academy of Periodontology and a past president of many professional organizations including the ANZ Division of the IADR, the Asian Pacific Society of Periodontology, the IADR Periodontal Research Group and the Division of Periodontics of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.  He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Australian Periodontology Research Foundation, a Board member of the International Academy of Periodontology, and Honorary Editor and Board Member of the Asian Pacific Society of Periodontology. In 2004 he was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for his contributions to periodontal research and education.

He is a member of the editorial board of 8 international dental journals, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Periodontal Research and Editor of the Australian Dental Journal.

Professor Bartold’s research interests are focused on the use of periodontal stem cells and fabrication of bioactive scaffolds for periodontal regeneration, the relationship between rheumatoid arthritis and periodontal inflammation.  Professor Bartold has authored over 250 scientific articles, and holds four patents arising from his research work.

He has received numerous awards for his education and research contributions including membership of the Order of Australia, Honorary Life Membership of the American Academy of Periodontology (2014), the Straumann/IADR Award for Periodontal Regenerative Medicine (2014) and the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Periodontal Disease (2015).

He also has a life outside of dentistry where he has been married to his wife, Mary for 37 years and has three adult children.  His interests include travelling and gardening and he still enjoys waterskiing at age 60! 


To Nominate A Dentist for the Elmer S. Best Award Click here for the Elmer S. Best Award Nomination Form

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