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Dr. Kathryn Kell among winners of 15th annual Shils Awards

October 17, 2017

Dr. Kell

Philadelphia — The Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to leadership in health care, awarded FDI president and former ADA trustee Dr. Kathyrn Kell a Shils award Oct. 10.

The awards recognize people, organizations and programs that safeguard the oral health of underserved communities and populations and positively influence the dental community, according to a news release. Dr. Kell was among those honored during the 15th annual Shils Awards ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

"In the 15 years since we first conceived of these awards, they've prominently celebrated the innovators, big thinkers and fearless entrepreneurs whose vision for our industry has shaped the oral health of so many," said Steven W. Kess, president of the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund's board of directors, in the news release. "This year's honorees continue to exemplify Dr. Shils's belief that the values of entrepreneurship and education create long-lasting and far-reaching impacts when carried into the public health sector."

This year's Shils Awards were presented to: 

  • Dr. Kell for her “outstanding commitment and effort to develop health policy and oral health promotions through her leadership at FDI World Dental Federation, an organization of nearly 200 worldwide dental associations and specialist groups for which Dr. Kell currently serves as president.”
  • Dr. Alejandro Roisentul, director of oral and maxillofacial Surgery at Ziv Medical Center in Tsfat, Israel, for his humanitarian efforts and advocacy.
  • The Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, whose members provide free oral health care to Holocaust survivors living in poverty.
  • Henry Schein Cares for being a partner in advocating for the oral health and overall health of Holocaust survivors in need through the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program.
  • Town & Country Dental Studios in Freeport, New York, for its philanthropic support of the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program.

The organization also handed out its inaugural Cohen-Volpe Award, given to those who have made outstanding contributions to dentistry or its allied sciences. The award is named for two clinicians, researchers and educators, Drs. D. Walter Cohen and Anthony Volpe.

Mr. Kess, vice president of global professional relations for Henry Schein, received the Cohen-Volpe Award for his leadership and commitment to providing access to care for underserved populations.

Dr. Shils served as the executive director of the Dental Manufacturers of America and the Dental Dealers of America for almost 50 years, the news release said.