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ADA Announces Distinguished Service Award Winner Dr. Patricia L. Blanton

October 16, 2017

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ATLANTA, October 16, 2017 — The American Dental Association (ADA) Board of Trustees will award Patricia L. Blanton, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., the ADA Distinguished Service Award at ADA 2017 – America's Dental Meeting, Oct. 19-23 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor given by the ADA Board of Trustees. 

Dr. Blanton, of Dallas, Texas, and now residing in Charleston, South Carolina, previously served as vice president of the ADA and was the first female president of the Texas Dental Association. She spent decades in Texas, serving as a professor at the Texas A&M College of Dentistry (formerly the Baylor College of Dentistry) and leading a periodontics practice in Dallas. After selling the practice in 2014, she relocated to Charleston, where she joined an existing practice and became the interim dean of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. 

“I was proud to nominate Dr. Blanton for the 2017 ADA Distinguished Service Award,” said Dr. Gary L. Roberts, ADA president. “With a half-century of service in the classroom and now as interim dean of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, she continues to be a role model for the next generation of dentists. I look forward to presenting her with the award at this year’s annual meeting in Atlanta.”

Dr. Blanton is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the William John Gies Award of the American College of Dentists; Gold Medal for Distinguished Service from the Texas Dental Association; Lifetime Achievement Award of the Dallas County Dental Society; and Baylor College of Dentistry Hall of Fame. However, she said a lifetime of accomplishments did not prepare her for receiving the highest honor conferred by the ADA Board of Trustees. 

“I was totally surprised when I received the call,” Dr. Blanton said. “There are so many responsible for the successes of one that to be the one so acknowledged is a truly humbling experience.” 

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