Steven W. Kess of Henry Schein Accepts Lifetime Leadership Award from the New York State Dental Foundation

Mr. Kess recognised for his commitment to establishing public-private partnerships to advance the dental industry and his decades of mentorship to future leaders in healthcare


Henry Schein, Inc. announced that Mr. Steven W. Kess, Vice President, Global Professional Relations, and President of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation received the Lifetime Leadership Award from the New York State Dental Foundation (NYSDF). Mr. Kess was recognised at NYSDF’s Foundation of Excellence Awards Luncheon on June 4, 2016 at the New York Marriott in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

During the luncheon, Mr. Kess accepted his award in front of his peers from Henry Schein, New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) members and healthcare professionals from the dental community and addressed the importance of public-private partnerships to advance dentistry for the benefit of dental teams and their patients.

“I am honoured to be recognised by the dental community that has been such an integral part of my personal and professional life and that does so much to improve the lives of others,” said Mr. Kess. “I am most proud of the community outreach programmes that have been created to enhance access to care as a result of the public-private partnerships we have catalysed at Henry Schein to influence social change. Through these partnerships, we have optimised the skills, resources and expertise of each sector to ‘help health happen and deliver care to those in need.’ Together, we can make a difference.”

Mr. Kess has a long history of supporting public health outreach programmes on behalf of Henry Schein and is a co-founder of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility program. In recognition of his work, Mr. Kess was awarded a Presidential Citation by the American Dental Association (ADA). In 2013, the ADA created the Steven W. Kess Give Kids A Smile Corporate Volunteer Award to recognise outstanding achievement and commitment to the ADA Foundation’s “Give Kids A Smile®” programme.

Mr. Kess is also the recipient of the 2015 Harry Strusser Memorial Award from New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD), the National Dental Association’s 2014 President’s Corporate Award, the 2014 Meritorious Service Award from the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, and has been recognised by the Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the Indian Dental Association (USA) Inc., and Dental Volunteers for Israel.