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Gold Medal Award for Research

Current Recipient

Dr. John Greenspan received the 2012 Gold Medal Award. Read about Dr. Greenspan's achievements here.


The Gold Medal Award, established in 1981 by a resolution of the ADA Board of Trustees, is presented every three years.


The Award honors individuals who have, through basic or clinical research, contributed to the advancement of the profession of dentistry or to major improvement in the oral health of the public.

Award and Recognition

The Gold Medal Award recipient receives a $25,000 honorarium, a gold medallion, and serves a three-year term as a member of the ADA's Council on Scientific Affairs, if eligible.


The Gold Medal Award is jointly sponsored by the American Dental Association and Church & Dwight Co., Inc.