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Learn more about our previous Elmer S. Best Award recepients....
2015 Elmer Best Recipient:
Dr. John O'Keefe
Dr. John O’Keefe is the current Chairman of the Board for the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) and has been serving on the board since 2012. Based in Ontario, Canada, he is a licensed dentist and provides care on a part-time basis to people with limited access to dental care. Dr. O’Keefe is also an active member of the board of AboutFace, an advocacy group for persons touched by facial difference.
Dr. O’Keefe has held a variety of positions with the Canadian Dental Association (CDA). Since 2011 he has been the Director of Knowledge Networks for the organization and serves as an ambassador for the
organization. His responsibilities include evolving the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association (JCDA) into a clinical decision support system for the dental offce by introducing the “Oasis” online information channels. Between 1997 and 2010 Dr. O’Keefe held the position of Editor-in-Chief for the CDA and oversaw the content of the JCDA and the Association’s website.
He graduated as a dentist from the University of Dublin, Ireland, in 1980, and obtained a research-based M.Dent.Sc. degree from the same university in 1990. From 1991 to 1993, Dr. O’Keefe participated in a professional MBA program in Montreal, which provided general management training. He obtained a certificate from the National Dental Examining Board of Canada in 1995. He has taught at both the University of Toronto and the McGill University dental schools.
He has Honorary Fellowships with the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, the Academy of Dentistry International, the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the OKU Dental Honor Society, the Finnish Dental Society and the Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Association. He has also been chair of the communications committee of the FDI World Dental Federation and served as president of the American Association of Dental Editors.
The Pierre Fauchard Academy is pleased to add Dr. John O'Keefe to the list of distinguished recipients of the Elmer S. Best Memorial Award.
2014 Elmer Best Recipient:
Dr. Mamoru Sakuda
Dr. Mamoru Sakuda has had a very distinguished career in dentistry since graduating Summa Cum Laude from Japan’s Osaka University School of Dentistry in 1957. After graduating from the orthodontic program at Osaka University he took advantage of the opportunity to become a research associate at the Eastman Dental Dispensary in Rochester, NY in 1963 where he learned the edgewise technique and published his research findings.
Upon his return to Osaka University, he received his Ph.D. and was later appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthodontics where he developed a three-year postgraduate course in orthodontics that helped disseminate the indispensable edgewise technique in Japan. He was named Professor Emeritus upon his retirement from Osaka University in 1996.
Dr. Sakuda is currently serving as Visiting Professor at both Tohoku and Kagoshima Universities as well as serving as the Dean of both the Shin-Osaka College of Dental Hygiene and the Shin-Osaka College of Dental Technology. He continues to serve the Japan Section of PFA as an advisor.
Dr. Sakuda’s influence has been felt internationally through his publication of over 200 scientific papers and as editor and/or chapter author of several books on orthodontics. He held leadership roles in numerous academic and research organizations during his career. He served as the President of the International Association for Dental Research and Chair of the 1st Asian Pacific Orthodontic Conference. He is a past Chair of the Japan Section of the PFA and served as the Region 9 International Trustee representing Asia from 2001-2008.
During his distinguished career, Dr. Sakuda has received numerous honors and awards including the Presidential Award from the Japanese Association for Dental Science for his contributions toward the promotion of dental science in Japan, and he was the 2008 Pierre Fauchard Academy Presidential Award of Excellence recipient.
2013 Elmer Best Recipient:
Dr. Diampo Lim
Dr. Diampo Lim served as the Dean of the University of the East College Dentistry (UECD) in the Philippines. Under his leadership the school modernized from it’s then circa 1955 equipment to the most modern of the 27 dental schools in the Philippines. He also established international relationships with dental schools in Japan, New York and France before retiring in 2006.
Active in organized dentistry, chairing the Committee for Continuing Education and being elected to the Board of Trustees for four consecutive terms, Dr. Lim also served an unprecedented two terms as the President of the Philippine Dental Association in 1982 and again in 1996.
Dr. Lim’s influence has been felt internationally through his participation as a member of the Philippine Delegation to the Federation Dentaire Internationale (FDI). He was elected as the first chairman of the Commission on Dental Education and chaired the Commission on Dental Education of the Asian Pacific Dental Federation/Asia Pacific Regional Organization (APDF/APRO), and subsequently served as APDF/APRO President. He is a past president of the International College of Dentists Philippine Section, past Philippine Section Chair of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, former International Regent of the Philippine Section of the Academy of Dentistry International (ADI) and Past President of the Academy of Dentistry International.
During his distinguished career, Dr. Lim has received numerous honors and awards including being named a Fellow of the Philippine College and International Association of Oral & Maxillo-facial Surgeons, the Council of Professional Association’s Most Outstanding Health Professional in Dentistry Award, a Master Fellow of the International College of Dentistry and is a Pierre Fauchard Academy Presidential Award of Excellence recipient.
2012 Elmer Best Recipient:
Dr. Burton Conrod
PFA President Dr. Joseph Harris (right) presenting the 2012 Elmer Best Award to Dr. Burton Conrod (left) during the Canadian Section Awards and Installation Ceremony in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Dr. Conrod was recognized for his many contributions to dentistry including serving as President of the Nova Scotia Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Association and the World Dental Federation. He holds Fellowships in the PFA, ICD, ACD and ADI.
Dr. Conrod's commitment and dedication to the profession is reflected by his many prestigious recognitions which include being the recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award Dalhousie University, The Philip S. Christie Award for Distinguished Service from the Nova Scotia Dental Association, The Distinguished Service Award Pierre Fauchard Academy, The Canadian Dental Association Medal of Honor, and The American Dental Association Honorary Membership.
All Past Recipients
PETER MARK BARTOLD - Austrailia (2016) MICHAEL SCHAFHAUSER
JOHN O'KEEFE - Canada (2015) KARYN STOCKWELL
MAMORU SAKUDA - Japan (2014) DANIEL CASTAGNA
DIAMPO LIM - Philippines (2013) DANIEL CASTAGNA
BURTON CONROD –Canada (2012) JOSEPH HARRIS
JOSÉ FONT-BUXÓ -Spain (2011) HUBERT OUVRARD
JOSÉ CARLOS ELGOYHEN-Argentina (2010) STEVE HEDLUND
ZBIGNIEW JANCZUK-Poland (2009) CHARLES ELLER
CARLO P. MARINELLO-Switzerland (2008) JAMES ENGLANDER
DR. PATRICK HENRY-Australia (2007) WILLIAM WINSPEAR
DR. PIERRE MACHTOU-France (2006) HOWARD MARK
GEORGE ZARB-Canada (2005) KEVIN ROACH
ZHEN-KANG ZHANG-China (2004) FRANK BRAUN
GUNNAR CARLSSON- Sweden (2003) PIERRE MAROIS
RUFINO ACHACOSO-Philippines (2002) GARY LOWDER
MICHAEL CRIPTON-Canada (2001) KEVIN ROACH
JACQUES MONET-France (2000) PIERRE MAROIS
FRANCISCO RAUL MIRANDA-Mexico (1999) ERNESTO ACUNA
ROBERT WEILL-France (1998) PIERRE MAROIS
CHANG-DUK KEE-Korea (1997) AHMED S. MEER
JOHN W. McLEAN O.B.E.-United Kingdom (1996) MICHAEL HABIB
CLIVE B. ROSS-New Zealand (1995) JEFFERY Y. S. TSANG
NICHOLAS A. MANCINI-Canada (1994) MICHAEL J. CRIPTON
ALFREDO BERGUIDO GARRIDO-Panama (1994) JOSEPH P. CAPPUCCIO
PROFESSOR PER-INGVAR BRANEMARK-Sweden (1993) RUNO CRONSTROM
HORST-WOLFGANG HAASE-Germany (1992) FRANK BRAUN
HAMISH THOMSON-England (1991) RONALD D. CLIFTON
PRIMO S. GONZALES-Philippines (1990) ROBERT ORR
RUPERTO GONZALEZ-GIRALDA-Spain (1989) FRANK BRAUN
ROBERT HARRIS-Australia (1988) A. GORDON ROWELL
RONALD E. JORDAN-Canada (1987) DONALD E. WILLLAMS
PIERRE MAROIS-France (1986) JOE M. RODGERS
A. GORDON ROWELL-Australia (1985) WILLIAM R. ALSTADT
FERNANDO J. BRENES-ESPINACH-Costa Rica (1984) CURTIN WINSOR
YOJIRO KAWAMURA-Japan (1983) EUGENE A. NOJEK
ROBERTO M. RUFF-Mexico (1982) JOHN FERCH
EDWARD O'BRIEN-MORAN-Ireland(1981) CHARLES E. RUSHING
WILLIAM G. McINTOCH-Canada (1980) KENNETH M. CURTIS
SEIJI KAWABE-Japan (1979) ALBERT L. SELIGMAN
ROLF BRAUN-Germany (1978) ALEXANDER KLIEFORTH
GERALD LEATHERMAN-England (1977) RONALD SPIRES
JACQUES FOURE-France (1976) KENNETH RUSH
HANS FRIEHOFER-Switzerland (1975) PETER DOMINICK
FEDERICO SINGER-Italy (1974) JOHN P. VOLPE
CYRIL DEVERE-GREEN -England (1973) WALTER ANNENBERG
JENS J. PINDBORG-Denmark (1972) FRED RUSSELL
LOUIS J. BAUME-Switzerland (1971) IDAR RIMESTAD
DONALD W. GULLET-Canada (1970) ADOLPH W. SCHMIDT
CHARLES F. L. NORD-Netherlands (1969) WILLIAM R. TYLER
EWALD HARNDT-Germany (1968) GEORGE C. McGHEE
MARTIN RUSHTON-England (1967) DAVID BRUCE
MARIO M. CHAVES-Brazil (1966) ROGER W. TUBBY
C. H. M. WILLIAMS-Canada (1965) W. WALTON BUTTERWORTH
JENS WAERHAUG-Norway (1964) CLIFTON R. L. WHARTON
N. N. BERY-India (1963) J. KENNETH GALBRAITH