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ADA Humanitarian Award nominations due Sept. 15

July 15, 2013

Would you like to recognize an ADA member dentist whose extraordinary volunteer efforts have changed lives in the U.S. and worldwide?

The Association is seeking nominations for the seventh annual ADA Humanitarian Award. Nomination materials must be submitted on or before Sept. 15 to

The award will be given to an ADA member dentist who has contributed to alleviate human suffering, demonstrated significant leadership, served as an inspiration to others and established a legacy that is of ongoing value and benefit to those in need both in the U.S. and abroad.

The award, one of the highest honors bestowed by the ADA Board of Trustees, recognizes individual volunteer commitment and leadership over a period of at least 10 years that has had a broad impact on oral health and the improvement of the human condition.

Dr. Shinn, a general dentist in Tacoma, Wash., and founder of three international dental charities, is the 2013 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient. Dr. Shinn will receive a personalized award and a $5,000 donation to his charity, For World Wide Smiles, Oct. 31 at the ADA's 154th annual session in New Orleans.

The 2014 recipient will be honored at the 155th ADA Annual Session, Oct. 9-12, 2014, in San Antonio, and receive a $5,000 donation to the charity of his/her choice.

To nominate an ADA member, download the nomination packet online, or contact the ADA Division of Global Affairs at 1-312-440-2726 or