ADEAGies Foundation® celebrates seven trailblazers in academic dentistry and oral health

The ADEAGies Foundation® has announced the recipients of the 2022 William J. Gies Awards (the Gies Awards) for Vision, Innovation and Achievement. The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, PhD., honour individuals and organisations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership.

As the only philanthropy dedicated solely to dental education, the ADEAGies Foundation’s mission is to enhance the oral health of the public by funding programmes that support innovations in dental education, research, leadership and recognition.

“The 2022 Gies Awardees are contributing solutions to a variety of challenges in dental education and oral health, from serving marginalised communities to supporting advanced disciplines,” said Marsha Pyle, DDS, MEd, president of the ADEAGies Foundation and ADEA Senior Scholar in Residence. “They are advancing dental education and elevating the dental professions.”

The seven honourees were chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts, including the ADEAGies Foundation Board of Trustees.

The 2022 Gies Awards recipients are (in alphabetical order):

AAO Foundation
Gies Award for Achievement – Public or Private Partner

Patricia Blanton, DDS, PhD
Gies Award for Vision – Educator

Sylvia Frazier-Bowers, DDS, PhD
Gies Award for Innovation – Educator

Jessica A. Rickert, DDS
Gies Award for Achievement – Public or Private Partner

Leo Rouse, DDS
Gies Award for Achievement – Educator

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine
Gies Award for Vision – Institution

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics
Gies Award for Achievement – Institution

The 2022 Gies Awards will be presented on 21 March 2022, in tandem with the 2022 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.