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American College of Dentists Honors Dr. Leigh Anderson and Robert Passamano for Outstanding Service

June  10, 2009

Robert Passamano and Dr. Leigh Anderson pose with Dr. Alan Budenz.

Robert Passamano and Dr. Leigh Anderson pose with Dr. Alan Budenz.

The Northern California Section of the American College of Dentists (ACD) recently honored two members of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry community at the ACD's annual awards banquet on May 30 in Burlingame, Calif.

Robert Passamano, DDS '09 was honored with the Outstanding Student Leader award. His award recognizes a student at the Dugoni School of Dentistry who has shown high achievement not only in academia, but in demonstrating superior leadership abilities. Passamano has held several student leadership roles at the school, including most recently serving as one of the student representatives to the California Dental Association.

Leigh Anderson, DDS, PhD., received a Distinguished Faculty Member award in recognition of outstanding service to the school and extraordinary dedication to dental education. A professor in the department of anatomical sciences at the Dugoni School of Dentistry, Anderson contributes his time and energy to the school in many other areas, actively conducts laboratory research in the area of salivary gland biology, is a leader in the use of instructional web technology and consistently receives high ratings from students.

Both awards were presented by Dr. Alan Budenz, a faculty member at the Dugoni School of Dentistry and current chairman of the ACD Northern California Section.

"It is a pleasure to recognize these two individuals for their outstanding achievements, dedication and commitment to the dental profession," said Budenz. "They are great representatives of University of the Pacific and demonstrate the dental school's commitment to high ideals and humanism in dental education."

The award winners from the Dugoni School of Dentistry were determined by a vote of school faculty members who are Fellows of the ACD.

Founded in 1920, the American College of Dentists is the oldest national honorary organization for dentists. The mission of ACD is to promote ethics, professionalism and service within the dental profession. Membership is by invitation only. Fellows are selected based on their contributions to organized dentistry, oral health care, dental research, dental education, the profession, and society.

Category Type: Honors and Awards

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