Dalal Alhajji, D.M.D., New York.
A leader of dental oncology at NYU College of Dentistry, Dr. Alhajji is an advocate for how personalized dental care contributes to the overall health of patients with cancer. She is also a faculty member at NYU’s department of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, where she supervises students across three clinics.
An advocate for rural dentistry and community water fluoridation. A major in the U.S. Air Force. The leader of dental oncology at New York University.
These were among the 10 new dentists who the ADA announced March 15 are the recipients of its fourth annual 10 Under 10 Awards, which recognizes 10 early career dentists who demonstrate excellence in the profession.
Selected by the ADA New Dentist Committee, the recipients demonstrated exemplary service and contributions in their own personal way that collectively work to keep the profession progressing, said ArNelle Wright, D.M.D., chair of the Subcommittee on New Dentist Engagement, which was tasked with reviewing the nominations and making recommendations to the full committee. Nominees had to be active ADA members who graduated between 2012 and 2021.
“My team and I were impressed beyond what I can express with their accomplishments and the way each nominee has made an impact on those around them,” said Dr. Wright. “They are professional examples to existing and upcoming early-career dentists. We recognize them to show our appreciation as an Association, as well as to acknowledge that their peers, colleagues and mentees have witnessed the same excellence from them.”
The winners were chosen for making a difference in science, research and education; practice excellence; philanthropy; leadership; and advocacy. The 10 Under 10 Award recipients are: