Jeanne Craig Sinkford, D.D.S., Ph.D., FACD, FICO, was presented with the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award by the Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). The award, presented by Richard Valachovic, D.M.D., President and CEO of ADEA, honors an individual who has demonstrated a long-standing dedication to fostering health through oral and craniofacial research.
Dr. Sinkford is a nationally and internationally renowned dental educator, administrator, researcher and clinician. Her distinguished career in dental education includes serving as Dean of Howard University College of Dentistry from 1975–1991—the first female dean of a U.S. dental school. She has published more than 100 articles in referenced journals and has written an instructional manual for Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics. She has served on numerous committees, advisory boards and councils of national significance.
From 1992–2011, Dr. Sinkford was responsible for diversity programming and initiatives at ADEA. Under her leadership, ADEA created numerous opportunities for the advancement of women and underrepresented minorities. Dr. Sinkford was selected as an Outstanding Leader in Dentistry by the International College of Dentists. She is the first African-American woman to be so honored. She holds many honorary degrees and many distinguished awards.
Dr. Sinkford serves as the Senior Scholar-in-Residence at ADEA and as Professor and Dean Emeritus at Howard University College of Dentistry.