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Evidence-based dentistry leaders honored

October 20, 2016

By Michelle Manchir


Champions: The American Dental Association/American Association for Dental Research Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty & Practice Awards were presented Wednesday. From left, John Rugh, Ph.D.; Dr. Cheryl Straub-Morarend; Teresa Marshall, Ph.D.; and Dr. Ahmad Abdelkarim, Ph.D., Ed.D. Photo by EZ Event Photography
The evidence-based practice program at the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School at San Antonio not only exists because of John Rugh, Ph.D., but thanks to his work, it also includes an online searchable evidence-based dentistry database of over 1,100 critically appraised topics that has become a worldwide resource for up-to-date evidence-based oral health information.

For his groundbreaking work, Dr. Rugh has been recognized with an ADA/American Association of Dental Research Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty Award for accomplished faculty.

The American Dental Association/American Association for Dental Research Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty & Practice Awards annually recognize dentists and researchers who make significant contributions to implement and advance evidence-based dentistry.

The ADA and the American Association for Dental Research presented the awards on Wednesday during a joint reception that immediately followed the Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference. The awards are supported by a contribution from Colgate.

Dr. Rugh is currently a professor and director of the evidence-based practice program at the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School at San Antonio, where he joined the faculty in 1977 and founded and served as director of the dental school's facial pain clinic from 1978 until 2003. In 2007, with the support of a four-year National Institutes of Health grant, he established the school's evidence-based practice program, and the EBD searchable database.

He has served as president of the American Association for Dental Research and is an honorary member of the ADA. In 1995, he received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Association for Dental Research and in 2007, he was awarded Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Dentists.

For the first time this year, the ADA and AADR recognized a collaborating team with an Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty and Practice Award.

Two researchers from the University of Iowa, Teresa Marshall, Ph.D., and Dr. Cheryl Straub-Morarend, were nominated together.

Dr. Marshall is credited with leading a team at the University of Iowa that designed and implemented an evidence-based dentistry curriculum in the preventive and community dentistry department. Dr. Straub-Morarend serves as a comprehensive care group leader and director of the predoctoral treatment planning curriculum with the University of Iowa's College of Dentistry, where she is actively involved in disseminating research findings through publications in peer-reviewed journals, abstracts and national presentations.

Being recognized as a mid-career faculty EBD award winner is Dr. Ahmad Abdelkarim, Ph.D., Ed.D. Dr. Abdelkarim is an associate professor and chair of the department of orthodontics at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. He is a strong proponent of implementation and advancement of evidence-based dentistry and is one of the leading advocates for the appropriate use of ionizing radiation in orthodontics. He serves as a consultant to the American Association of Orthodontists Council on Scientific Affairs and is an editor and a reviewer for numerous dental journals.

For more information about the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry or the faculty & practice awards, visit ebd.ADA.org.