Chicago Dental Society honors three dentists at CDS Midwinter Meeting
March 07, 2016
The Chicago Dental Society honored three dentists at its CDS Midwinter Meeting in February for their contributions to the profession and raising public awareness on oral health.
CDS awarded Dr. Terry Tanaka, a clinical professor in graduate prosthodontics at the University of Southern California, its Gordon J. Christensen Lecturer Award, which acknowledges his contribution to the profession.
Dr. Tanaka is recognized internationally for his anatomical dissections of the head and neck. He is a master in the Academy of General Dentistry and holds fellowships in the American College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International and International College of Dentists.
In addition, he is known for his humanitarian efforts in Mexico and South America. He has been recognized for his work in treating children with craniofacial deformities.
The CDS Foundation honored Dr. Yihsiung Huang with the Vision Award, which recognizes a dedicated philanthropist and volunteer who supports access to care programs and dental education for the underserved in their community.
"Dr. Huang exemplifies the ideals of altruism, generosity and professionalism," said Dr. Glenn DeWeirdt, who nominated Dr. Huang. "The Chicago Dental Society Foundation Clinic could not have been established without his enthusiasm, drive and generous donations of time and money by serving as a regular volunteer and a member of the clinic Board of Managers for many years.
Dr. Huang is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and has a private practice in Westmont, Ill.
Another UIC at Chicago graduate, Dr. Mark J. Humenik, received the Chicago Dental Society Communications Committee's 2016 George H. Cushing Award, which recognizes his efforts to raise public awareness of the importance of oral health. Dr. Humenik has participated in more than 25 Missions of Mercy across the country, CURE (Collaborative Underserved Relief and Education) Network events and other clinics.
"I have grown personally and spiritually with every volunteer experience," he said. "My greatest joy is knowing that we not only care for the physical needs of our patients, but also give them back their dignity and, most importantly, hope."