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Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research

2014 Recipient

Dr. Sebastian G. Ciancio


The Norton M. Ross Award, established in 1991, is presented annually in memory of Dr. Norton M. Ross, a dentist and pharmacologist who spent most of his career in academic and research positions. Dr. Ross elevated clinical research to a higher level of scientific standards, and his contributions to the fields of oral medicine and dental clinical research have had a positive and lasting influence on the public's oral health.

The Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in clinical investigations that have advanced the diagnosis, treatment, and/or prevention of craniofacial-oral-dental diseases, as well as outstanding research endeavors in other areas. Selection is based upon the scope of the nominee's research, with special emphasis on its impact on clinical dentistry and on publications in refereed journals. Award recipients typically demonstrate a high level of creativity and innovation.

Award and Recognition

The recipient receives a $5,000 honorarium and a plaque.


The American Dental Association sponsors the Norton M. Ross Award with the generous support of Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc.

Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research Award Recipients

1991 (first year awarded)  Sigurd P. Ramfjord

1992 Sture Nyman

1993 Daniel M. Laskin

1994 William R. Proffit

1995 Robert J. Gorlin

1996 Sol Silverman, Jr.

1997 Karl F. Leinfelder

1998 Roy C. Page

1999 Sigmund S. Socransky

2000 Bruce Jay Baum

2001 Lorne M. Golub

2002 Thomas E. Van Dyke

2003 Robert J. Genco

2004 Deborah Greenspan

2005 Samuel F. Dworkin

2006 Steven Offenbacher

2007 John D.B. Featherstone

2008 Jack G. Caton

2009 Jan T. Lindhe

2010 Jane A. Weintraub

2011 Leonard B. Kaban

2012 Peter Milgrom

2013 Paul A. Moore

2014 Sebastian G. Ciancio