New dentists win Dr. Whiston awards, exemplify leadership in dentistry

Congratulations: ADA Foundation Executive Director Gene Wurth hands out a Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award to Dr. Evelyn Lucas-Perry in October 2015 while Dr. Kathleen O’Loughlin, ADA executive director, looks on.

Congratulations: ADA Foundation Executive Director Gene Wurth hands out a Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award to Dr. Evelyn Lucas-Perry in October 2015 while Dr. Kathleen O’Loughlin, ADA executive director, looks on.

Drs. Evelyn Lucas-Perry and Heather A. Willis received the Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award, while Dr. Nipa Thakkar received the Henry Schein Cares Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award.

The quality of the three new dentist recipients attests to the legacy of Dr. Whiston, according to Dr. Anthony Volpe, former Foundation president and for whom the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center is named.

Dr. Willis

Dr. Willis

The Foundation created the awards in 2014 to honor Dr. Whiston, who served as ADA president from 1997-98, trustee from 1992-96 and president of the Foundation board of directors from 2010-14. The Foundation provides $5,000 to two winners each year, designed to cover the costs associated with attending a leadership training program offered by the American Management Association. Two anonymous donors provided funding for a third award in 2015.

The award is meant to recognize dentists who have demonstrated strong leadership skills that can be used to improve the oral health of the public in the years ahead.

Each of the winning dentists spoke to ADA News about Dr. Whiston, what the award means to them and why leadership is important in modern dentistry. To read what they had to say, click here.

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