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ADA Foundation honors past president; unveils new award in his name

October 20, 2014

By Jean Williams

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Honored: Dr. David Whiston, outgoing ADA Foundation president (right), with Dr. Robert Ferris, a Foundation volunteer, after Dr. Ferris announced a new leadership award in honor of Dr. Whiston at a meet-and-greet event at ADA 2014. Photo by EZ Event Photography
San Antonio
— While honoring its immediate past president, Dr. David Whiston, the ADA Foundation kicked off a new award in his name at an Oct. 9 meet-and-greet during ADA 2014.

The ADAF organized the event as a way for friends and supporters to honor Dr. Whiston and ADAF volunteers and to usher in the Dr. David Whiston Leadership Program, the new award established in his name.

Dr. Whiston served as ADA Foundation president 2010-14.

The Dr. David Whiston Leadership Program will pay homage to Dr. Whiston's highly regarded leadership track record while supporting young dentists with the potential to become future leaders in the profession of dentistry.

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The program will annually provide a $5,000 award to at least one promising young dentist with leadership potential who wishes to refine his or her leadership skills through formal training that benefits the public through local, community or state dental societies; specialty societies; or the ADA.

The establishment of the program recognizes the many contributions that Dr. Whiston has made to the oral health profession over his career in a series of increasingly significant leadership roles, and his work in recent years to revitalize the ADA Foundation.

In addition to serving as ADA Foundation president, Dr. Whiston's long and distinguished career includes service as ADA president from 1997-98 and 16th District trustee from 1992-96. He is past president of the Virginia Dental Association, the Northern Virginia Dental Association and the Virginia-Greater Washington and Middle Atlantic Societies Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He served on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals from 2009-10.

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