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President's Message

Steven K. Hedlund, DDS

I bring you greetings from the Officers and Trustees of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Trustee from Canada, Dr. Tom Breneman. Dr. Breneman is from Brandon, Manitoba, and comes highly recommended. We look forward to working with him on the Board.

This year I have asked many of the Trustees to work on projects for the Academy. Dr. Karyn Stockwell, Georgia, and Dr. Mike Schafhauser, Minnesota, are working on a rewrite of our Policy Manual. This revision is necessary to be in line with the new bylaws that were passed by the Trustees at our Annual Meeting last year in Hawaii. Dr. Schafhauser is also working with Joe Harris on our Editorial Board.

Dr. Dan Castagna, California, and Dr. Mark Sinclair, Australia, have been assigned the large task of reviewing our Strategic Plan. A review has not been done for 5 years. The Strategic Plan sets the goals for the Academy and is an important document for our group.

Dr. Lynne Halik, New York, with help from Dr. Howard Mark, Connecticut, are working with the University of Maryland Dental School to display our Wall of Fame plaques. This impressive display has been without a home since we lost our display area at the National Dental Museum. It will be great to see our Wall of Fame in its new home.

Dr. Kiyoshi Ohura, Japan, has assisted in the selection of our Awards candidates. Dr. José Dahan, Belgium, and Dr. Ernesto Acuña, Mexico, are working very hard to foster a working relationship with FDI, as both organizations work for the worldwide promotion of oral health. A meeting between our two groups was held in Chicago. Discussions included the possibility of holding a luncheon and induction ceremony in conjunction with the FDI Annual Congress. The meeting ended with an agreement that we should continue to work together on common goals.

In my last presidential message I said that busy hands are happy hands, and as you can see by all that the Trustees have been doing, we should have some very happy hands!

I have attended two Section meetings since my last message. I attended the Georgia Section meeting, which was a magnificent affair. Drs. Karyn Stockwell and Jay Harrington showed my wife, Chris, and I what true Southern hospitality is all about. Thirteen new fellows were inducted at this meeting. I also was pleased to attend the Illinois Section luncheon and see some old friends. Past President William Kort was there and said that he plans to be in Orlando. Section Chair Dr. Christos Baboulos presented the Distinguished Dentist of the Year Award, and I was able to help induct two new members into the Academy.

I have asked Past President Dr. Charles Eller to get in touch with our Section Chair in Chile to see if any of the PFA Fellows have been affected by earthquake damage. It would be prudent for the Pierre Fauchard Academy to see if we could help in any way.

The Central Office has informed me that our recent computer problems should be over. We apologize for any inconvenience these problems may have caused. Executive Director Judith Kozal has been working to cut costs and streamline the office. Plans are being made for the Executive Board Meeting in Chicago and our Annual Meeting in Orlando with the American Dental Association.

My year as President is almost half over, and I find that I still have much to do and very little time left in which to do it. I appreciate all of the help and effort that you Fellows provide to make PFA an organization we can be proud of.

Steven K. Hedlund, DDS
President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy


Vice President's Message


Joe Harris, DDS

Education, philanthropy, and mentorship are the foundations on which our Academy stands. Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy is a testament in itself to one's own standing in the most honorable of professions. Acceptance to the Academy is by invitation only, and those invited have demonstrated a true dedication to maintaining the highest of professional standards. But membership in the PFA is not just an affirmation of one's achievements; it is also a vehicle by which we can accomplish and fulfill the duties expected of us as health care professionals.

As health care providers, we are obliged to perform philanthropic endeavors in our communities. A certain percentage of our work should be performed pro bono publico for those who truly deserve our assistance.

As self-regulated professionals, we are obliged to take an interest in guiding the neophytes of dentistry. By mentoring dental students and recent graduates, we strengthen our profession. We all benefit from the flow of information. Many times the "Old Guard" learns as much if not more from interacting with these young mavericks.

As doctors, we are obliged to advance the science of our specialty and to pass on our findings to our colleagues. Continuing education is not a luxury; it is truly an obligation.

The beauty of the Pierre Fauchard Academy is that every Region and every Section operates in an autonomous fashion. The aforementioned goals are developed, initiated, directed, and accomplished by the Fellows in their particular locales. Any particulars that may be influenced by cultural factors are easily dealt with by those who know best.

Even though, for many Fellows, the strength of the Academy is found at the local level, I encourage you to reach out to PFA members around the world. We are truly an international organization with almost 8000 members worldwide. In my travels as a PFA representative I have been amazed by the Fellows I have met. The quality of our members is equaled by no other organization. Their dedication to dentistry is boundless, and their service to their patients and community is the purist example of altruism.

Please take advantage of our wonderful organization and its benefits, which can be reaped both near and far.

Joe Harris, DDS
Vice President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy


From the Desk of the Executive Director of the Academy

I hope everyone is enjoying warmer days after our very long winter! It seems like spring brings not only a new beginning but lots of fresh energy to accomplish all the tasks that appeared impossible on those dark, dreary, cold winter days that we thought would never end.

Speaking of tasks, I wholeheartedly thank our hard-working Section Chairs who tackled our request to help us obtain the e-mail addresses of our Fellows who forgot to include them on their return dues payment envelope this year. Many of the Chairs have already returned the completed e-mail address lists. I encourage those who have not yet been able to complete their lists to try to get as many addresses as possible and send them to us. We are planning to launch our new online dues payment program for the 2011 National dues next year, and any Fellow for whom we do not have an e-mail address will not be able to take advantage of the new quick and secure method of payment. But don't worry if you do not use can still send a check to pay your dues as always!

I also thank all the Trustees and Section Chairs who sent their update forms back so quickly. This new updated information will help us to put our new "all-in-one" directory together soon. It will be in a printed form that will be distributed to all of the PFA Leadership. Mark Stanley, our Webmaster, also will post it securely online under Member Services.

While we're speaking of what's "new," please check out the updated forms for requesting Awards and the new Fellowship application forms, which can be downloaded and printed from our home page under "about PFA/resources." Section Chairs can still request these forms from the Central Office at any time, but if you need some forms in a hurry, downloading from the Web site is the fastest way to obtain them.

Just a brief reminder regarding the ADA/PFA Meetings and Functions for October in Orlando, Florida: Our PFA Headquarters hotel has been confirmed as the Hilton Bonnet Creek Hotel in Orlando. ADA is handling the advance registration and hotel room reservations online at The online Group Code for our ADA Group Housing Block is PFAORL, which also can be used if you choose to download the Registration and Housing Form as a PDF file. You can download the ADA Preliminary Program for the 151st Annual ADA Session, which will take place October 9-13 by visiting

Our PFA Meeting schedule for October 8-10 will be updated for our meetings and functions and is on the Web site at Please check back often for updates.

As in the past, it is the responsibility of the Central Office to secure the best hotel for our Board meetings and functions. 
I have been assured we have the very best, and I hope everyone will be pleased. Don't forget that you can contact the Central Office any time. Call (702) 345-2950 or e-mail me at on weekends!

Until the next time we're in touch, enjoy the warmer breezes and renewed energy all around you. Have a happy heart, smile, and be kind to everyone you meet. You will be amazed at how many smiles you will gather in return!

Judith D. Kozal
Executive Director of the Pierre Fauchard Academy


New Canadian Region 6 Trustee Named

Thomas David Breneman, DMD

The Academy is pleased that Dr. Thomas David Breneman was recently selected to be the new PFA Trustee for Region 6. Dr. Breneman is a very accomplished individual and will be an outstanding addition to the PFA Board of Trustees. Dr. Breneman was a dental graduate at just 21 years of age, became the President of the Manitoba Dental Association in 1991, and then served as President of the Canadian Dental Association from 1994-2003. He is active in his community, having served as President of the Kinsmen Clubs of Canada from 1984-1985. He was the founder of--and is still an active participant in--an 18-chair dental practice in Brandon, Manitoba. He is known for his keen mind and his accomplishments as a public speaker. The PFA Board of Trustees is grateful to be joined by a professional leader with such a breadth and depth of experience.

USA-Midwest Region 4 Trustee Named

Cheri Newman, DDS

I am honored and privileged to be the new Trustee for Region 4. As I settle into this position, I cannot help but think how fortunate I am to be involved with such an extraordinary organization.

My involvement with the Pierre Fauchard Academy has primarily focused on working with the outreach program at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, Michigan. It is a wonderful program that provides dentistry to physically disabled persons. Our organization has been leading this program for the past 8 years and has provided dental services to hundreds of people who otherwise would not have had care. It is the most rewarding week of my year.

In the coming months, I will be attending as many section meetings as time will allow. I thank all of you for your warm welcome and look forward to working with you.

PFA and FDI Meeting in Chicago

L-R: Dr. Alexander, FDI Executive Director; Dr. Steven Hedlund, President of the PFA; and Dr. Roberto Vianna, FDI President

Dr. Roberto Vianna, FDI President, and Dr. Alexander, Executive Director of the FDI, met in Chicago on February 25, 2010, with Dr. Steven Hedlund, President of the PFA. The meeting was about converging both Associations' goals and commitments for the promotion of worldwide dental health care. Future meetings are planned to continue discussions regarding this goal.

--Submitted by Dr. José Dahan, PFA Region 1 Trustee

Dental World Meeting at Elsevier in St. Louis, Missouri

L-R: PFA President Steve Hedlund, Jane Ryley, and Mark Stanley meet at the Elsevier offices in St. Louis, Missouri

Dental World will be undergoing changes this year. The process began when President Steve Hedlund and the new Dental World Editor Mark Stanley traveled on November 24, 2009, to the Elsevier Journal offices in St. Louis, Missouri, to meet with Publisher Jane Ryley. Jane has overseen the publication of Dental World during the past few years and has suggested that Elsevier could help guide Dental World in a new direction. Discussion is now under way to redesign the layout and content of Dental World during the next year. Please send any ideas or suggestions to the Dental World office at 126 N Third St #201, Minneapolis, MN 55401; phone us at (612) 722-2076; or send an e-mail message to

Nicholas D. Saccone, DDS--A PFA Fellow

Nicholas D. Saccone, DDS

Since Dr. Elmer S. Best founded the Pierre Fauchard Academy in 1936, a series of outstanding dental leaders accepted the positions of PFA Officers to lead the fledgling international dental honor society into world prominence. Five decades later, Dr. Nicholas D. Saccone of Scranton, Pennsylvania, rose to the leadership position to become PFA's 55th President. While the position of PFA President itself is a globally recognized honor, Dr. Saccone brought a wealth of leadership history to the position, further endowing the PFA presidency with acclaim and honor.

Dr. Saccone earned his high school degree at St. John the Evangelist High School in Scranton and then continued with his pre-dental studies at the University of Scranton (1941). He achieved his dental degree at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1944. The old dental school, established by the renowned Dr. Thomas Evans, was filled with plaques and awards given to Dr. Evans and the other great leaders of the dental profession, which had its effect on the young developing dental student. Walks along the University of Pennsylvania campus filled with tributes and statues of its founder, Benjamin Franklin, was a constant reminder of the legacy of the profession Dr. Saccone was to about to enter.

Dr. Saccone's own fame spread quickly. As a Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps who served with the 187th Medical Dispensary, Aviation, in the European Air Depot in post-WWII Erding, Germany, Dr. Saccone attended the 1946 War Crime Trials in Nuremberg. He actually saw the Nazi leaders on the docket answering for their actions. He earned the WWII Victory medal, the Army of Occupation medal, and the Meritorious Service Unit plaque. His military uniform was later donated to the dental museum located at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it may be seen today, along with other memorabilia of the War Crime Trials.

After he served his tour of duty, Dr. Saccone returned to Scranton, where he opened the private dental practice that he operated for some 52 years. However, those years were not quiet; he became President of the Scranton District Dental Society in 1961 and President of the Third District Dental Society (comprising 9 counties) in 1967. He served as Delegate to the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) from 1962-1976, served on many PDA committees, and was named the PDA Trustee for the Third District from 1976-1982. He was PDA Vice President from 1981-1982 and PDA President from 1983-1984. Dr. Saccone received PDA's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award (PDA Annual Award) in 1991. As an ADA Member, Dr. Saccone served as Delegate in 1969, 1971, 1977, 1979, 1981-1985, and in 1989. He was on the ADA Council on Dental Practice from 1983-1987 and on the Credentials Committee from 1981-1985, where he served as Chairman during his last 2 years of service.

Nicholas and Jean Saccone

After serving as a Board Member for the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry from 1973-1976, Dr. Saccone was its President (presiding over two state dental organizations) from 1978-1979 and later was named Financial Committee Chairman from 1987-1990. He was the Pennsylvania Delegate to AGD from 1974-1980 and Marshall for the 1989 New York Convocation. In 1985-1986 he was a member of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Medical Care Foundation, a unit of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

In 1972, Dr. Saccone became Chairman of the Board of the Pennsylvania Dental Service (now Delta of Pennsylvania). He had served on its Board of Directors for 8 years and was its Vice President from 1968-1969. He served as dental consultant from 1966-1972 for the Lackawanna County Project Head Start. From 1972-1976, he was on the Board of Directors for the

Greater Delaware Valley Regional Medical Program, and from 1974-1976, he was also on the Board of Directors for the Health and Hospital Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Dr. Saccone's life of professional service was not limited to dentistry. He served on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Lackawanna County from 1962-1968 and again from 1971-1977. He was the 1962 President of the Purple Club (the University of Scranton Scholarship Fund), served on the Board of Directors for the Catholic Youth Center from 1974-2000, was on the Board of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce from 1982-1985, served on the Scranton Post Office Advisory Council from 1993-2005, and served on the Scranton Area Foundation Advisory Council from 2002 to the present. In 1967 he married Miss Jeanne Ryan, and they have traveled through 43 years of dedicated service together in wedded bliss.

Dr. Saccone served on the University of Scranton's Board of Governors of the Alumni Society from 1951-1975, then on their Board of Trustees from 1975-1981. He was named Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1979-1981 and served on the University of Scranton Council from 1990-1998 and later on their Board of Regents from 1999 until today. In his honor, the University of Scranton created the Nicholas D. Saccone Presidential Scholarship. Then in 1991, the University presented him its highest award, an Honorary Doctor degree, during that spring's graduation ceremony. That same year, the University of Scranton Alumni Association presented him with their Alumni Achievement Award. In 2007, Dr. Saccone was presented with the prestigious Frank J. O'Hara Award for University Service.

Dr. Pierre Marois and Dr. Nicholas Saccone in France

Meanwhile, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Saccone served on the Alumni Board of Directors from 1986-1992 and later became President of their Alumni Association from 1992-1993. He has continued to serve on the Board of Directors for the University of Pennsylvania Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania from 1986 to the present; he also served as Vice President from 1994-1995. Dr. Saccone's professional memberships include the ADA, PDA, AGD, ICD, ACD, the Philadelphia County Dental Society, and PFA. Dr. Saccone was inducted into ICD in 1972 and served as Third District Regent from 1994-1999.

Dr. Saccone was Pennsylvania State PFA Chair from 1988-1990, then International Trustee on the PFA Board from 1990-1994. He was honored with the PFA Pennsylvania State Award of Excellence in 1994 and served as PFA President in 1995-1996. He was elected to the PFA Foundation Board in 1994, where he continues to serve, and has filled many significant roles. In 2009, his service was recognized by the PFA International Board with their Presidential Award of Excellence.

Dr. Saccone was not just a dentist. He served his community in many ways as a member of the Elks Lodge, the Knights of Columbus Council, Commander (and Adjutant) of his American Legion Post No. 187, and President of the Country Club of Scranton (1980-1981). He served on the Country Club's Board of Directors from 1967-1985 and was Chairman of their Ray Davis Tournament for some 30 years. In addition, he is a member of the University of Scranton's Cross Keys Fraternity, the Alpha Epsilon Delta International Pre-Med Honor Society.

During Dr. Saccone's active years, he was recognized by the Scranton District Dental Society with a Testimonial Dinner in 1991, by the Purple Club with their 1993 Outstanding Service Award, by the French Dental Association with their 1996 Gold Medal from Le Conseil National de l'Ordre des Chirurgien Dentistes, presented in Paris, and by the Scranton Catholic Youth Center with their 2000 Wall of Fame Award.

With all that he has accomplished, and despite his brilliance and energy, Dr. Saccone is a mild, humble man. His greatest accolades come from the many persons he has served with--the late PFA Secretary General Richard Kozal, PFA Executive Director Judith Kozal, past PFA Editor Jim Brophy, and so many others. Dr. Saccone has quietly and effectively served us all in many different ways, as he still does today. Some health problems have slowed him down a bit, but give him a computer and he is still going strong, continuing to put his fingerprint on all the groups that he has served so well.

Dr. James M. Brophy III
Contributing Editor/Historian of the Pierre Fauchard Academy

Web Site Report

The new design of the home page as viewed on the new Apple iPad tablet device

We hope you have visited our Web site at and discovered the many changes that have been made since the new Web server and its features came online in October 2009. Take a look and explore the site when you have some time, and let us know what you think!

The new Web site design was a team effort. We give special thanks to four people who contributed many aspects of the new design: Matt Newberry, Geoffrey Reiff, Mandi Caffery, and Meag Tessman. They helped transform the site and update it for the 21st Century. New secure Member Services were added so that any Fellow with an e-mail address who is currently registered with the Central Office can have direct access to extended directory features. In addition, Leadership members can edit their own Section or Region pages to keep others posted on events, links, and news of interest.

The new Secure Certificate (https://) allows safe transmission of credit card numbers over the Web site. However, only members who have registered their e-mail address with the Central Office will be able to log in and pay their Annual Dues online for 2011. Members will be able to reset their own password as needed. Fellows also may be able to contribute a donation to Academy Educational Programs at the same time that they pay their dues. The online link for this option will be at

During the next year, we plan to add more information technology support. We currently have the option of adding e-mail capabilities so the staff and officers can use the domain name "" as part of their official e-mail communications for the Academy and Foundation. Leadership will now be kept up to date with e-mail news updates from This feature is part of our efforts to create an expanding online presence for the Academy and the many activities it supports.

The Foundation of the PFA has upgraded its Web pages to accept online donations to the Foundation with a credit card, and they now provide an electronic grant application process using application forms that can be downloaded and filled in on a computer. Applicants then submit their completed form with any additional information via an e-mail attachment to the Foundation Office. The URL for this page is at For more information, contact Mark Stanley at


Dr. George L. Higue, Foundation PFA Treasurer Emeritus


Mrs. Gloria Eller, Dr. George Higue, Dr. Charles Eller, Mrs. Shig Kishi (Emily)

It was in 1974, a banner year for the PFA International, that Dr. George L. Higue became our President. Dr. Higue was the former Chairman of the PFA/Southern California Section. He was responsible for adding many Fellows to this, the largest section of the Academy. He was the long-time Treasurer of the PFA Foundation, and during his tenure he invested the Foundation funds well, for which we are extremely grateful today.

Dr. Higue is 95 years young this year. He still cruises on his '52 cabin cruiser named "100%," berthed at the dock in front of his home in Huntington Beach, California. The University of Southern California (USC) is his alma mater, and he is a major supporter of the School of Dentistry and the athletic department. The new student lounge at the USC School of Dentistry was dedicated to him in 2009. He attends all of the USC football games, which he enjoys from his special sports box seats. He loves all of the pre-game festivities.

Wednesdays are special for Dr. Higue because that is when he takes his granddaughter, Alison, to lunch. Alison is a graduate student in political science at the University of California-Irvine. In addition, Maria Bustamente, who has been his personal secretary for 18 years, visits him every week to take care of his many business interests. "Belle," a 10-year-old Chihuahua, is Dr. Higue's constant companion.

It was a privilege for my wife, Gloria, and me to have lunch with Dr. Higue, Maria, and Emily Kishi, widow of the past PFA President Shig Kishi (1997-1998), recently.

We salute the living legend of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, Dr. George J. Higue. May you have many more happy, healthy, productive years!

Dr. Charles G. Eller, Past President of the PFA

Foundation News

Foundation News


Dr. James Long

Although the history of dentistry pre-dates Babylonian times, not much is known about how it was practiced until the 18th century. We can thank Dr. Pierre Fauchard for giving us a great deal of information about dentistry and how it was practiced during the 18th century, including the "tooth worm" theory. Some examples of equipment used in that era still exist. For example, in my den I have an S.S.W. foot pedal dental drill that was manufactured in the 1800s, complete with cord and hand piece--and it works! Not in my wildest imagination can I envision myself standing on one leg and pedaling with the other while trying to put a margin on an inlay preparation. Not only that, but in all probability, the patients who underwent drilling with this device were not given a local anesthetic.

You Fellows reading this article have never practiced operative dentistry in this fashion, nor have I. In dental school we used the old traditional belt-driven handpiece. My first introduction to the Borden Air Rotor was at Lackland Air Force Base in 1959. Now we have air turbine and electric handpieces, and the list goes on and on. The advances made in dental materials have been astronomical, especially in bonded restorative materials, implants, and periodontal care.

Changes in methods of advertising dental services also have changed dramatically. A few years ago, the lettering on the front of your office building could be no taller than 3 inches. Now we see neon signs, huge highway roadside billboards, and full-page newspaper ads; the ones I see most often are "Got a Toothache--Call Dr. Feelgood," "False Teeth Made While You Wait," and "Get Your Smile Back." In my humble opinion, this type of advertising lowers our profession in the eyes of the public and perhaps makes us seem more like a "trade."

Changes in our Code of Ethics also have occurred and are now part of the dental school curriculum. Our diplomas state that we are a Doctor of Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Medicine, which implies that when treating our patients, we must consider the patient as a whole and remember that on the other end of that tooth is one of God's children. As for advertising, it does not get any better than to have patients walk out of your office happy with their treatment because they know they were treated as you would want them to treat you. Remember the Golden Rule!

We dentists have inherited a formidable responsibility. Things change and we have to adjust or we will be changed. Even so, all change is not good. Having practiced dentistry for 51 years, I cannot begin to comprehend what our profession will be like when some of you Fellows have been in practice for that long.

I will conclude these remarks by noting that a couple of weeks ago my wife and I attended a function at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry at which the junior students were honored. I have never heard so many Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude designations awarded in one place. These students are the future of our profession--mentor them well.

Dr. Jim Long, DDS
President of the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy



"For a number of years our organization has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with FPFA [Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy], and with their assistance we have provided oral health education and restorative dental services to some of the poorest of our brothers and sisters throughout various countries in Central America.... We have recently completed our dental brigade to Panama.

"Our focus in 2010 will not only continue to Panama, but will hopefully extend to the San Francisco de Macoris area of the Dominican Republic."

A. Stanley Kosan, DDS
Hope for a Healthier Humanity

"The (Volunteer Ministry) Clinic provided services to homeless people in 450 visits. These visits provided 811 total procedures including 145 fillings, 392 extractions, and 26 sets of dentures. Our clinic is the only resource in the city for individuals with no income who are in need.

"We are very grateful to the Pierre Fauchard Academy (Foundation) for their continuing support. With your support we are able to provide much needed dental care to this underserved population."

Ginny Weatherstone
Volunteer Ministry Center
Knoxville, Tennessee

Laura Fleming Doyle

Shown above are just two responses from recipients of Foundation grant funding in 2009. It is through your generous donations that the Foundation is able to continue to provide support to these and other outstanding projects that are focused on providing dental care to those less fortunate around the world.

Your donations also help provide scholarships to dental students from around the world who not only have a need for financial support but also have demonstrated great potential for developing into outstanding leaders in the profession because of their participation in the University, dental school, or community. Scholarship recipients are above-average students who possess qualities of integrity, imagination, initiative, and communicative skills. In 2009 the Foundation was able to honor 57 U.S. and 20 international students with scholarship funding.


We are excited and pleased to announce that the Foundation can now accept donations online. Go to to support the important work of the Foundation. Your donations enable the Foundation to grant funds to (1) support important international projects that provide dental care to persons who otherwise would probably never receive it and (2) provide much-needed support to outstanding dental students around the world.

Thank you in advance for your ongoing support. Be sure to check out the Foundation Web site for more stories about how your donor dollars were spent in 2009.

Laura Fleming Doyle, CAE
Executive Director
Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy
1510 Judd Ct
Herndon VA 20170
Phone: (703) 597-8847
Fax: (703) 564-3750


The Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy is pleased to announce that the 2010 Grant Program is now accepting applications.

The Foundation has made significant changes to the process this year, the first being that all submissions will be electronic as opposed to using paper and the U.S. Postal Service. All grant information is posted online at

More importantly for the PFA Sections, we have created a simplified application process for grants sponsored by a PFA Section. PFA Sections can apply for grants up to $5000 to fund projects that will benefit the dental profession and the public it serves and that are consistent with the Goals, Objectives, and Restrictions of the Foundation. Although the Foundation remains flexible enough to consider innovative projects in all areas of dentistry, including practice and education, it places special emphasis on programs that increase access and provide care to the deserving but inadequately served public.

All information regarding our Grants Program is located on our Web site at

The link to the Grant Instructions for PFA Sections is

The link to the PFA Section Grant Application Form is

The deadline for submitting an application is June 1, 2010. Please let PFA Foundation Executive Director Laura Doyle know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you.


Section News


The Argentinean Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy met in conjunction with the Argentinean Dental Association Annual Session



The Argentinean Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy at the Buenos Aires meeting

The Argentinean Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy met on the evening of November 5, 2009, in the Sheraton Hotel in Buenos Aires in conjunction with the Argentinean Dental Association (AOA) Annual Session. There were 225 people in attendance.

Prior to the PFA induction ceremony on Wednesday, November 4, the Journals of the Argentinean Dental Association held its opening ceremony in celebration for its 35th year. This same evening also marked the first meeting of Latin America Leaders in which PFA President Steven Hedlund and Region 7 Trustee Ernesto Acuña attended, representing the Academy. A cocktail reception was held immediately following these events, at which time Drs. Hedlund and Acuña were interviewed by Argentinean national television regarding the PFA worldwide activities.

Section Chairman Norberto Montheil presided over the ceremony. Also in attendance were Immediate Past President Charles Eller, PFA Vice President Joseph Harris, AOA President Dr. Eduardo Maiucci, and Executive Chairman of the Jornadas Internacionales de AOA Dr. Eduardo Ceccotti.

The 2010 Elmer S. Best Award was presented to Dr. Jose Carlos Elgoyhen of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thirty-two new Fellows from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and the Dominican Republic were inducted by President Hedlund, Dr. Eller, Dr. Harris, and Dr. Acuña. Dr. Maiucci, a PFA Fellow, was given the honor of placing the PFA medal on his incoming brother. Dr. Elgoyhen, also a PFA Fellow, gave the same honor to his incoming daughter. These moments were very emotional for all persons present. A splendid dinner reception was given for the inductees following the ceremony.

After four years of valiant service, Dr. Montheil passed the Argentine Section Chairmanship to the very capable hands of Dr. Roberto Rossi of Buenos Aires. It was a glorious night in the history of the Academy.

--Submitted by Dr. Ernesto E. Acuña, PFA Trustee, 
Region 7


PFA Canada will be holding its Annual Awards and Induction Dinner during the joint CDA-ODQ meetings in Montreal on May 30, 2010. The Montreal meeting will be held at the Hotel Nelligan in the old port and promises to be an extraordinary event. PFA Canada will be distributing close to $100,000 in grants and scholarships. Dr. Tom Breneman will preside over his first national event as Trustee for Region 6. Dr. Sam Sgro will receive the Past Section Plaque for his years of support. Dr. Jerry Dushkin will now represent Quebec as the new Quebec Section Chair. Two Quebec PFA fellows will be honoured for their distinguished service, Dr. Paul Germain and Dr. Diane Legault. An Honourary PFA Fellowship will presented to Maitre Caroline Daoust.


L-R: Dr. V. P. Jalili, Chief Editor of JPFA; Dr. AshokDhoble, 1st Vice Chairman of PFA & CDE Lecturer; Dr. R. Rajagopal, Vice Chancellor, Saveetha University; Dr. C. Krishnarjun Rao, Chairman of PFA; Dr. N. M. Veeraiyan, Chancellor, Saveetha University; D

The 23rd Annual Convocation and Awards Ceremony of the Pierre Fauchard Academy of the India Section was held at Saveetha Dental College, Chennai, on Saturday, December 19, 2009, at 11 am.

The Convocation was preceded by a Continuing Dental Education Programme at 9 am by Fellow Dr. Ashok Dhoble on the subject of "Practice Management" and at 10:00 am by Fellow Dr. Vijailakshmi Acharya on the topic "Presently in the Future."

The 23rd Annual Convocation and Awards Ceremony started with prayer. After the Chairman, Dr. C. Krishnarjun Rao, was adorned with the Chairman's Collar, he declared the Convocation and Awards Ceremony "Open." He welcomed the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, Guests, Fellows, Awardees, and New Inductees and traced the history of PFA and the contributions of Dr. Pierre Fauchard. Dr. Ashok Dhoble, 1st Vice Chairman of PFA, introduced the Chief Guest, Dr. N. M. Veeraiyan, Chancellor of Saveetha University and the Guest of Honour, Dr. R. Rajagopal, Pro-Chancellor of Saveetha University. After the Secretary, Dr. T. Samraj, introduced the 16 new inductees, the Chairman administered the Pledge of PFA India Section to them. The new Inductees were awarded the PFA India Section Fellowship certificates by the Chief Guest, the PFA medallions by the Chairman, the PFA pins by the 1st Vice Chairman, and the PFA pens by the Chief Editor, Dr. V. P. Jalili. The Chief Editor brought the December 2009 issue of the Journal of Pierre Fauchard Academy, which was released by the Guest of Honour.

Sixteen new Fellows were inducted into the PFA India Section: Dr. Balaji Manohar, Dr. Karthik Venkataraghavan, Dr. Murali Rao, Dr. James Sunny P, Dr. Sharn Pal Sandhu, Dr. Allwyn Matias De Menezes, Dr. Piedade Fernandes, Dr. G.Venkateswara Rao, Dr. Saee Shrikant Deshpande, Dr. C. V. Padma Priya, Dr. Vikas Jindal Ludhiana, Dr. Sameer Kaura, Dr. Amitangshu Sikdar, Dr. M. C. Sainath, Dr. K. Bakyalakshmi, and Dr. G. S. Kumar.

This induction ceremony was followed by an inspiring address by the Chief Guest to the newly inducted Fellows, in which he challenged them to emulate the high professional and ethical standards of Dr. Pierre Fauchard. On behalf of the new Fellows, Dr. M. C. Sainath responded. The Chairman announced the name of Dr. Brig. S. C. Anand from Haryana as the 4th Vice Chairman. After a Vote of Thanks by the Secretary and the National Anthem, the Chairman declared the Convocation and Awards Ceremony "Closed." Ms. Bavithra Bakthavatchalam was the Master of Ceremony. Two hundred delegates attended the ceremony, and 150 delegates attended the 

Twenty dental colleges participated in the 2009 Student Dental Awards ceremony at the 23rd Annual Convocation in India, held at Saveetha Dental College, Chennai, on Saturday, December 19, 2009.

The Chief Guest of the PFA India Section, Dr. N.M. Veeraiyan, announced the Student Awards. The PFA Best Outgoing Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Student Award was given at these colleges to the following 

Bapuji Dental College, Davangere: Ms. Gandha Kinikar
Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi: Ms. Shalini Suryavanshi
College of Dentistry, Indore: Mr. Arun Dev Sharma
College of Dental Sciences, Davangere: Ms. Bhavana S. Bagalad
Modern Dental College, Indore: Ms. Sonal Mundhra
VMS Dental College, Salem: Ms. B. Saranya
J.K.K. Nataraja Dental College, Komarapalayam: 
Ms. M. Jenitha 
D.J. College of Dental Sciences, Modinagar: Ms. Swatee Agarwal
The PFA International Senior Student Award was given to these students: 
Institute of Dental Studies & Technologies, Modinagar: 
Mr. Saurabh Lall
Sri Ramachandra Dental College, Chennai: Mr. Ram Sabarish
College of Dental Sciences, Davangere: Mr. Vijayvargia Suryaprakash Nanalal
J.K.K. Nataraja Dental College, Komarapalayam: Mr. R. Arun Jaikumar
K.M. Shah Dental College, Vadodara: Mr. Dhruvin Rajendra Patel
The PFA International Dental Student Scholarship Award was given at the Christian Dental College, Ludhiana, to Ms. Sucratha Susie John, II BDS.
The PFA Student Undergraduate Certificate of Merit was given at the M.S. Ramiah Dental College, Bangalore, to Ms. Antarmayee Panigrahi.

--Submitted by Dr. T. Samraj
Secretary & Treasurer, PFA India Section



PFA President Steve Hedlund attended the Section meeting. Past President William Kort attended the last section meeting and said that he plans to be in Orlando. Section Chair Dr. Christos Baboulos presented the Distinguished Dentist of the Year Award, and two new Fellows were inducted into the Academy.


Our PFA meeting was held at noon on April 10 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville during the Kentucky Dental Association's 150-year Celebration Meeting. The luncheon was held with the ACD and ICD. We honored the PFA new members and the PFA student scholarship and leadership awardees.

--Submitted by Dr. Karl Lange, Kentucky Section Chairperson



The Michigan Section met in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Dental Association on April 17, 2010, at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, MI. The meeting commenced at 7:00 am with 73 persons in attendance. The Invocation was given by Dr. Joe C. Harris, PFA International Vice President. Guests in attendance were Dr. David Campbell, Past President of the Academy; Dr. Joe C. Harris; Dr. Cheri Newman, District 4 Trustee; Ms. Nicole Lauer, daughter of Mrs. Sheri Doig Honorary Awardee Dr. Neelum Aggarwal, and her two sons, daughter and grandsons of new Inductee Dr. Daman Thanik; Dr. Bill Burkowski, UDM Dental School Liaison to the Michigan Section; 17 dental students; and one dental resident. The Treasurer, Dr. Danielle Ruskin, gave her report and also received her Certificate of Fellowship.

The Section Board members were introduced: Dr. Danielle Ruskin, Dr. Jehan Wakeem, Dr. Pat Boyle, and Dr. Mike Maihofer. A special award was given to Dr. Edward Sarkisian, past Treasurer of the Section, for his 13 years of service. 
Dr. Hirsch introduced the new Fellows-elect: Dr. Brian Cilla, Dr. Rhonda Hennessey, Dr. Eric Knudsen, Dr. Rob Lovell, Dr. Scott Meldrum, Dr. Stephen Meraw, Dr. Aaron Ruskin, Dr. Lisandra Soto, and Dr. Daman Thanik.

The Fellowship charge was read by the Secretary, Dr. Wakeem, and the certificates were presented along with their keys and lapel pins. Dr. Hirsch introduced the awards nominee, Ms. Sheri Doig, Executive Director of the Detroit District Dental Society, the largest component of the Michigan Dental Association. Ms. Doig was made an Honorary Member of the Academy and was presented with a large framed certificate, key, and lapel pins. Dr. Hirsch explained that at the November meeting, along with our usual agenda, we were going to honor all of the Retired Life members of the Section. We discussed mentoring, and the charge to the members present was to mentor students and recent graduates. The meeting adjourned at 8:30 am so that members could attend the caucus meetings.

--Submitted by Dr. Edward Hirsch
Michigan Section Chairperson


2010-2011 Officers L-R: Secretary/Treasurer Dr. Craig Draffin; Section Chair Dr. John Reese; Vice Chair Dr. Chris Griffin; and Immediate Past Section Chair Dr. Monica Cayouette (Chair-elect Dr. David Dedmon is not pictured)

South Carolina's Annual Luncheon and Induction was held on Saturday, February 27, 2010, in Charleston. Chair Dr. Monica Cayouette organized a well-attended program held in conjunction with the grand opening of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine Clinical Facility. After a short dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees had the opportunity to tour this beautiful, comfortable, efficient, state-of-the-art, six-story facility.

South Carolina PFA Foundation Scholar Mr. Michael Ammons and his wife were invited guests, and Mr. Ammons was recognized for his leadership and scholarship activity.

Dr. Angela Chi and Dr. Chris Caputo of Charleston, Dr. Dale Finkbine of Summervillle, and Dr. Dana Parker of Easley were inducted as new Fellows. Dr. Cayouette presented the Section's Outstanding Dentist of the Year Award to Dr. Carter Brown, a Past President of the SCDA, current AGD Region 19 Trustee, and Founder of South Carolina's Dental Access Days (DAD) program. During the business meeting, the Section voted to donate $1500 to the SCDA DAD project and to host a half-day continuing education course in Columbia on June 18, 2010.

Dr. Monica Cayouette presented the Section Chair plaque to Immediate Past Chair Dr. Staci Gaffos and installed the new officers: Dr. John Reese as the 2010-2011 Section Chair, Dr. David Dedmon as the Chair-elect, and Dr. Chris Griffin as Vice Chair. Dr. Craig Draffin will continue as the Secretary/Treasurer.

The South Carolina Section continues to be a well-organized and dynamic group with excellent participation of Fellows in multiple activities; they were especially well represented as leaders and volunteers in the SCDA's DAD program.

--Submitted by Dr. Karyn Stockwell
USA Southeast Region Trustee


L-R: New inductees Drs. Jay E. Lieberman and Mark H. Blaisdell are flanked by Utah Section Chairs Drs. Richard O. Petty and Richard C. Engar

The Utah Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy met on February 18, 2010, in conjunction with the Utah Dental Association Annual Meeting. Distinguished visitors included Past PFA President Dr. Gary Lowder, Utah ICD Section Chair Dr. Norman K. Rounds, and several past and present Utah Dental Association Officers. Section Co-chairman Dr. Richard Engar conducted the meeting and welcomed the 35 Section Members and guests in attendance. Dr. Lowder discussed the PFA Foundation and described how grants are available for humanitarian service through the Academy. Fellow Dr. Ken Versman of Colorado, the ADA District 14 Trustee, gave a brief report on the state of the ADA. Fellow Dr. G. Lynn Powell gave a report on the status of the formation process of a new dental school at the University of Utah. Section Co-chairman Dr. Richard O. Petty read the Charge to two new inductees into the Utah section, Drs. Mark H. Blaisdell and Jay E. Lieberman. Scholarship plans and other future activities of the Utah Section were also presented.

--Submitted by Richard C. Engar
Utah Section Co-chair



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