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Whiston Award winners show leadership skills in dentistry

November 20, 2017

By Matt Carey

The ADA Foundation in October announced that three dentists have received the 2017 Dr. David Whiston Leadership Awards.

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Dr. Ramirez
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Dr. Ishkanian
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Dr. Hsiao
Drs. Emily Ishkanian and Shih-Yen Paul Hsiao received the Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award, and Dr. Daniel Ramirez received the Henry Schein Cares Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award. Each  winner will receive $5,000 used to cover costs to attend an American Management Association leadership training program.

The Foundation created the awards in 2014 to honor Dr. Whiston, who served as ADA president from 1997-98, ADA trustee from 1992-96 and president of the Foundation board of directors from 2010-14. The award is meant to recognize dentists who have demonstrated strong leadership skills that can be used to improve the oral health of the public in the years ahead, with Dr. Whiston's career as an example.

Currently practicing in Belmont, California, Dr. Ramirez received his dental degree from the University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry in 2016. He also serves as the dental director for Coastal Health Alliance, a nonprofit that provides federally qualified health centers for low-income patients.

"This award will provide the guidance necessary to harness my potential and maximize my ability to advance public oral health through organized dentistry," said Dr. Ramirez.

Dr. Ishkanian is based in Las Vegas and attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. She is also the outgoing chair of the ADA New Dentist Committee. For her seminar, Dr. Ishkanian will attend the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People."

Dr. Hsiao also graduated from the University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry. He currently practices in Fresno, California, while also serving as a judicial council board member of the California Dental Association. Dr. Hsiao will be taking the course "The Voice of Leadership: How Leaders Inspire, Influence and Achieve Results."

Dr. Hsiao hopes to improve overall oral health is his community through leadership and management skills. "My leadership skills allow me to better serve my community since I am involved in many organizations at many different levels. I know that I have a lot to learn, but through the learning process I hope to apply and refine the leadership skills I acquire over time."

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