Award of Excellence Winners

The Award of Excellence was established in 1986 to recognize outstanding contributions to the discipline of Operative Dentistry in areas of, but not limited to: Service to the Academy; Teaching of operative dentistry at academic and continuing education levels; Promotion of excellence in operative dentistry at a national or international level.

Nominations need to be submitted in writingand will be reviewed at the Spring Council Meeting.
The following individuals have been honored with the Award of Excellence:

Dr. Gerald D. Stibbs

Dr. Paul T. Dawson

Dr. James P. Vernetti

Dr. A. Ian Hamilton

Dr. Ralph J. Werner

Dr. Melvin R. Lund

Dr. Richard V. Tucker

Dr. Paul H. Loflin

Dr. David J. Bales

Dr. Clifford M. Sturdevant

Dr. Harry Rosen

Dr. J. Martin Anderson

Dr. Gregory E. Smith

Dr. José E. Medina

Dr. Bruce B. Smith

Dr. Richard B. McCoy

Dr. John W. Reinhardt

Dr. Lawrence L. Clark

Dr. Norman C. Ferguson

Dr. James B. Summitt

Dr. Joel M. Wagoner

Dr. Thomas G. Berry


Award of Excellence
Dr. Thomas G Berry

It is indeed a great honor for the Academy of Operative Dentistry to present the Award of Excellence this year to Dr. Thomas G Berry. Tom continues to have an incredibly productive life as a teacher, scholar, practicing dentist and colleague and has served the Academy of Operative Dentistry in many roles in which he has been an essential part of our history together.

Tom graduated from the University of MIssouri Kansas City in 1961 and served two years in the United States Air Force Dental Corps. Following that, he returned to Kansas City and opened a private practice. Soon thereafter, he was offered the opportunity to begin his teaching career with an appointment at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) in the Department of fixed Prosthodontics.

In 1970, he accepted a position at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and spent the next nine years there teaching in Restorative Dentistry until he was named Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in Denver. In addition to administrative duties, Tom was involved in teaching both operative dentistry and fixed prosthodontics at CU. In 1988, he joined the faculty of the University of Texas San Antonio Dental School as Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry, where he was responsible for operative dentistry, fixed prsthodontics and esthetic dentistry curricula. After 12 years, Tom retired from the School of Dentistry-San Antonio and returned to Denver, where he began teach anew in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and the University of Colorado.

Tom’s career not only involved teaching excellence to his students in the classroom, laboratory and clinic, but also to publishing appropriate literature that contribute new knowledge to the art and science of dentistry. He has published more than 100 abstracts, articles and textbook chapters and has presented numerous invited papers at national and international meetings. He has lectured at numerous sites inside and outside the United States.

Tom has served our profession in many roles, not only as a committeeman and officer in our own Academy, having served as President in 1995-96, but also as Chair and Co-chair of the Section of Academic Deans of the American Dental Education Association, Chair of the Operative Dentistry Section of ADEA and as a committeeman/consultant on the American Dental Association’s National Board of Dental Examiners Test Construction Committee. Tom has further served on the University Relations Committee of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and for 10 years as Assistant Secretary of the Academy of Operative Dentistry after completing his term as our President.

Tom’s illustrious and distinguished career continues as he works full-time at the University of Colorado and continues to serve on committees of our own academy. Tom is one of those leaders to whom we are all so grateful for his service and guidance and without whom this Academy and our profession would not be what they are today. It is therefore an honor for the Academy of operative dentistry to present this years Award of Excellence to Dr Thomas G Berry.

Hollenback Memorial Prize Recipients

Hollenback Memorial Prize Recipients

The Hollenback Memorial Prize was established in 1975 as a memorial to the late George M. Hollenback for his distinguished research and leadership, the results of which have had so beneficial an effect on improving the quality of dental practice. The Prize is given for research that has contributed substantially to the advancement of restorative dentistry. Research of a broad range is considered, spanning the investigative spectrum from fundamental to applied, and encompassing all levels of investigation from prevention of dental discase to development of improved materials and techniques.

The following individuals won the Hollenback Memorial Prize:

Dr. Robert J. Nelsen

Dr. George C. Paffenbarger

Dr. Ralph W. Phillips

Dr. Miles R. Markley

Dr. Wilmer B. Eames

Dr. George W. Ferguson

Dr. Rafael L. Bowen

Dr. Lloyd Baum

Dr. Harold R. Stanley

Dr. Kamal Asgar

Dr. José E. Medina

Dr. Nelson W. Rupp

Dr. Gunnar Ryge

Dr. David B. Mahler

Dr. Gerald T. Charbeneau

Dr. Dennis C. Smith

Dr. Robert B. Craig

Dr. Marjorie Swartz

Dr. William V. Youdelis

Dr. Carl W. Fairhurst

Dr. Karl Leinfelder

Dr. Nobuo Nakabayashi

Dr. David Pashley

Dr. Takao Fusayama

Dr. Frederick C. Eichmiller

Dr. Richard D. Norman

Dr. Nairn H. F. Wilson

Dr. John W. Osborne

Dr. Ivar A. Mjör

Dr. Stephen C. Bayne

Dr. William H. Douglas

Dr. Guido Vanherle

The Hollenback Memorial Prize
Dr. Guido Vanherle

The 2007 Hollenback Memorial Prize is to be awarded to Professor Dr Guido Vanherle for his exceptional contributions to operative dentistry. These contributions span clinical practice, teaching, research and leadership.

Notwithstanding his recent presidency of the European Federation of Conservative Dentistry, subsequent to having been President of the Academy of Operative Dentistry European Section, Guido Venherle is best known for having created and led the world-renowned operative dentistry and dental materials science research team based at the School of Dentistry, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

This research team continues to be central to developing new knowledge and understanding in the related fields of tooth-colored restoratives and related adhesive systems. Indeed, many of the papers that have resulted in real change in operative dentistry over the last quarter century have come from the Vanherle research team, with Guido Vanherle as principal author.

From his time as medical and, subsequently, as a dental student at the University of Leuven, Guido Vanherle quickly rose through the ranks to hold full professorial appointments in operative dentistry and dental materials en route to being head of the Clinical Department of Operative Dentistry and, subsequently, President of the Clinic of Dentistry and Stomatology Academic Hospital, University of Leuven.

Without exceptional individuals such as Guido Vanherle, operative dentistry would lack the vibrancy and enormous potential it currently enjoys in the dynamic, ever-changing world of new materials, procedures and concepts. Guido Vanherle is, therefore, a most worthy winner of the 2007 Hollenback Memorial Prize. The Academy is most pleased to recognize and honor the exceptional work and lifetime achievements of Dr Guido Vanherle. This year’s Hollenback Memorial Prize winner is truly world class, let alone an exemplary member of the international dental community.

Buonocore Memorial Lecturers

Buonocore Memorial Lecturers

The Buonocore lecturer is selected by the Research Committee annually. Taken into account is the program for the subsequent year. Suggestions for the Buonocore lecturer should be sent to the chair of the Research Committee, Dr. Tilly Peters.

Dennis C. Smith, DSc. MSc., PhD

Toronto, Ont., Canada

“A Milestone in Dentistry”

Alan Boyde, BDS, PhD

London, England

“Enamel Microstructure and Operative Dentistry”

Martin Brannstrom, Odont Dr.

Karolinska Ints, Sweden

“Communication between the Oral Cavity and the Dental Pulp Associated with Restorative Treatment”

Erik Asmussen, Dr. odent et scient

Copenhagen, Denmark

“Clinical Relevance of Physical, Chemical and Bonding Properties of Composite Resins”

Ivar A. Mjör, BDS, MSD, MS, Dr. odont

Oslo, Norway

“Clinical Assessments of Amalgam Restorations”

P. Lambrechts, DDS, PhD

M. Braem, DDS, PhD

G. Vanherle, DR, DDS, PhD

Leuven, Belgium,

“Evaluation of Clinical Performance for Posterior Composite Resins and Dental Adhesives”

Sigurd P. Ramfjord, LDS, PhD

Univ of Michigan, School of Dentistry

“Periodontal Considerations of Operative Dentistry”

Edwina M. Kidd, BDS, FDS, PhD

London, England

“Caries Diagnosis within Restored Teeth”

N. H. F. Wilson, PhD, MSc, BDS, FDS, DRD, RCS

Manchester, England

“The Evaluation of Materials: Relationships between Laboratory Investigations and Clinical Studies”

John W. McLean, OBE, FDS, RCS, MDS, DSc, DO dont

London, England

“The Science and Art of Dental Ceramics”

David H. Pashley, DMD, PhD

Augusta, Georgia

“The Effects of Acid Etching on the Pulpodontal Complex”

Robert E. Baier, PhD

Buffalo, New York


Graham J. Mount, AM, DDS, DOSc, FRACDS

Adelaide, South Australia

“Glass Ionomer Cements: Past, Present and Future”

Felix Leitz, MD, DMD, PhD

Zurich, Switzerland

“The Post-amalgam Age”

David B. Mahler, PhD

University of Oregon

“The Amalgam-Tooth Interface”

Gordon J. Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD

Provo, Utah

“Tooth-Colored Posterior Restorations”

Kenneth J. Anusavice, DMD, PhD

Gainsville, Florida

“Materials of the Future: Preservative or Restorative?”

Dr. E. Steven Duke

San Antonio, Texas

“Thoughts on Contempory Restorative Materials”

Professor Dr. J. F. Roulet

Berlin, Germany

“Adhesive Dentistry in the 21st Century”

Dr. Jens Andreasen

Copenhagen,. Denmark

“Bonding Techniques in Dental Traumatology”

Dr. Lars Bjorndal

Copenhagen, Denmark

“Dentin Caries: Progression and Clinical Management”

Dr. Bart Van Meerbeek

Leuven, Belgium

“Bonding to Tooth Tissue: Current Status and Challenges of the Future”

Dr. Reinhard Hickel

Munich, Germany

“Classification and Clinical Results of Filling Materials”

Dr. Franklin Tay

Hong Kong, Peoples Republic of China

“Reducing Steps In Dentin Bonding – What Have We Really Gained”

Dr. Jacques E. Nor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

“Tooth Tissue Engineering and Molecular Biology in Restorative Dentistry”

Professor Tim F. Watson

Chicago, Illinois

“Operative Dentistry and the Abuse of Dental Hard Tissues”

Buonocore Memorial Lecture
Professor Tim F. Watson

Most dentists pay little heed to what is actually happening at the end of their turbine bur as they prepare a cavity within a tooth. There are many factors which influence how well our new (and not so new) adhesive materials work. many of these factors relate to the methods used to make the cavity preparation.
We have been microscopically examining tooth-cutting interactions for over 20 years using a variety of microscopic techniques; in particular, video-rate confocal microscopy. This has given a unique insight into how many of the procedures that we take for granted are achieved in clinical practice, by showing microscopic video images of the cutting as it occurs within the tooth.
Cutting techniques with high and low torque hand-pieces, dry and wet air-abrasive applications and laser cutting have all been imaged microscopically. The influence of these preparation modalities on the enamel and dentin is profound; especially when the remaining tooth surface is to be used as a bonding surface for adhesive materials.

Lecture Objectives

  • Understand enamel structure and its influence on cutting procedures.
  • Realize the differences in substrate damage arising from different cutting procedures.
  • Appreciate the interaction between cutting techniques and adhesive materials.

George C Paffenbarger Student Research Award

The Academy of Operative Dentistry announces the George C Paffenbarger Student Research Award, generously sponsored by the American Dental Association Foundation. The Award is in honor of George C Paffenbarger, after whom the Paffenbarger Research Centre is named.

The Award is open to students at all levels who wish to undertake novel research relevant to contemporary operative dentistry.

The application should take the form of a protocol outlining the background, aims and hypothesis of the proposed research, the methodology to be employed, the anticipated work on the clinical practice of operative dentistry. The protocol should not exceed 3 double-spaced, typewritten pages and a budget sheet, including details for payment of the award. The budget for the proposed research may not exceed $6,000.

The recipient of the award will be required to present a table clinic reporting the findings of the research supported by the Award at the 2010 annual meeting of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, which will be held in Chicago, 17-19 February, 2010. Additional funds not to exceed $1,000 will be made available to offset the cost of attending the meeting.

A research mentor, who is a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, should be named and serve as a co-signatory to the application.

If the research supported by the Award leads to a research report intended for publication, it is expected that the report will be first submitted to Operative Dentistry.

Applications for the award must be submitted electronically to Dr Tilly Peters ([email protected]), chair of the Research Committee of the Academy of Operative Dentistry no later than 31 December 2013.

The Award recipient will be announced during the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, which will be held in Austin 25-27 March, 2013.

2008 Ralph Phillips Student Research Award

Funding for Students’ Research in Operative Dentistry

Students wanting to carry out research related to Operative Dentistry may apply for a Ralph Phillips Research Award, sponsored by the Founder’s Fund of the Academy of Operative Dentistry.

The application should consist of a protocol outlining the background, aim/hypothesis to be tested, the methodology to be employed, a time schedule and the expected outcome of the study. The protocol should not exceed three double-spaced type-written pages and a budget page (including where the funds should be sent provided the Award is granted). The budget may not exceed $6,000. In addition, a one-page resumé of the student and a supporting letter of the mentor should accompany the electronic application.

IIf an abstract, based on the research and acknowledging support from the Academy of Operative Dentistry, is accepted for presentation at the IADR/AADR meeting in 2014, additional travel funds not exceeding $1,000 will be made available to the recipient.

The entire electronic application package (in one pdf-file) should be addressed to the Chair of the Research Committee and submitted via email to [email protected].

Deadline for receipt of the application is January 25, 2013.

Dr. Tilly Peters

University of Michigan, School of Dentistry

Dept. of Cariology, Restorative Science

1011 North University

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078


[email protected]

Student Award Winners

Academy of Operative Dentistry Student Award

The Academy sponsors an award each year to the student in each U.S. and Canadian dental school who has been voted as having provided the most outstanding restorative care to his or her patients. There are some institutions in Europe and one in Australia that also present the award. The specific method by which the faculty determines the award is left to the discretion of the faculty of the specific institution in which the student is enrolled.
The award consists of a certificate and a year’s subscription to the journal “Operative Dentistry”. The award is usually presented at each school’s annual awards ceremony in late spring.

2005 – Dr. Julianne Prettyman – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

2003 – Mr. Peter Spongonberg – University of Maryland School of Dentistry