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American College of Dentists Honors Members of Dugoni School of Dentistry Community at Annual Convocation

Former dean Arthur Dugoni received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

October  18, 2010

The American College of Dentists (ACD) recently honored several members of the Dugoni School of Dentistry community with awards during the ACD Convocation held on Oct. 8 as part of the American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Dale F. Redig, former dean of the dental school, was honored with the William John Gies Award, the highest honor the ACD can bestow upon a fellow. This award recognizes fellows who have made broad, exceptional, and distinguished contributions to the profession and society while upholding a level of leadership and professionalism that exemplifies fellowship. Redig served as dean from 1969 to 1978.

Dean Emeritus Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his 50 years as a fellow of the ACD. He was among the 11 ACD fellows recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's event.

In addition, several other faculty members from the Dugoni School of Dentistry were honored with induction into the ACD. Fellowship was conferred upon Dr. Michael L. Beckley, Dr. Lisa E. Itaya, Dr. Richard G. Lubman, Dr. Deepinder K. Sahota and Dr. Eugene T. Santucci.

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Dr. Bruce Peltier

Dr. Bruce Peltier, professor of Psychology and Ethics, received an Honorary Fellowship, the college's highest award for those who are not dentists and would otherwise be candidates for fellowship by virtue of leadership and achievements in dentistry. Peltier directs the school's ethics program, teaches behavioral science and doctor-patient relationship skills, and counsels dental students. He has served as president of the American Society for Dental Ethics, and his impact on the greater field of dentistry includes involvement in several continuing education courses each year. He is a prolific author with more than seventy publications in scholarly journals. A second edition of his book, The Psychology of Executive Coaching, was published last year.

Other dental school faculty participated in this event as well. Dr. David W. Chambers, professor of Dental Practice, was among the experts leading educational sessions at the event. Chambers presented a LeaderSkills continuing education session on the Practice Ethics Development and Assessment program, a 50-hour program dentists can use to build an ethics base in their practices. He also presented a Fellows Forum program on the Interactive Ethics Dental Application. Both are joint projects with the ACD, ADA and ADEA. Chambers is an ACD honorary fellow and also serves as editor of the Journal of the American College of Dentists.

The oldest national honorary organization for dentists, the American College of Dentists is widely considered to be "the conscience of dentistry." It was founded in 1920 to recognize dentists who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the profession. Fellowship in the College is by invitation and based on demonstrated leadership and contributions to the dental profession and society. Approximately 3.5% of dentists are fellows of the American College of Dentists.

Category Type: Honors and Awards, Special Events

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