ADEAGies Foundation® Celebrates Nine Trailblazers in Academic Dentistry and Oral Health

Coveted Education Awards Honor the Legacy of William J. Gies, Ph.D.

October 24, 2018 (Washington, DC) — Today the ADEAGies Foundation® announced the recipients of the 2019 William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement (the Gies Awards). Named for the “Father of Contemporary Dental Education and Research,” William J. Gies, Ph.D., the Gies Awards honor individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership. 

“There are great things happening in academic dentistry throughout the United States and Canada, but we don’t always take the time to recognize that,” says Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). “The Gies Awards is a wonderful reminder of our colleagues’ innovative work in dental education and how they are improving the lives of the individuals we are committed to serve.” 

The nine honorees were chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts, including the ADEAGies Foundation® Board of Trustees. 

The 2019 Gies Awards recipients are (in alphabetical order): 

American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Oral Health
Gies Award for Achievement – Public or Private Partner

Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry
Gies Award for Innovation – Public or Private Partner

East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine
Gies Award for Innovation – Academic Dental Institution

Lynn Johnson, Ph.D., University of Michigan School of Dentistry 
Gies Award for Innovation – Dental Educator

McGill University Faculty of Dentistry
Gies Award for Vision – Academic Dental Institution

James E. Mulvihill, D.M.D.
Gies Award for Achievement – Dental Educator

Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine and the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
Gies Award for Innovation – Academic Dental Institution

University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Gies Award for Achievement – Academic Dental Institution

Alexandre Rezende Vieira, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Gies Award for Vision – Dental Educator

The 2019 Gies Awards will be presented on March 18 in tandem with the 2019 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Chicago.

Tickets for the celebration may be purchased at To sponsor an Awards Gala table, contact Trish Smith at or 703-506-3272. 

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About the ADEAGies Foundation®: As the philanthropic arm of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the ADEAGies Foundation’s mission is to enhance the oral and systemic health of the public through transformational advances in dental education, research, leadership and recognition. The Foundation is named for William J. Gies, Ph.D. (1872–1956), who pioneered and advocated for a model of dental education rooted in science and focused on advancing the public welfare. Key findings from his seminal 1926 work, Report on Dental Education in the United States and Canada, remain relevant: a call for improved medical-dental cooperation, the expansion of dental research, and a call to action for educators with the vision, courage, and imagination to advance “necessary changes in [dental] education” to “meet the demands for health care in the future.” For more information and to support the work of the Foundation, visit 

About ADEA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Our mission is to lead institutions and individuals in the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the overall health and safety of the public. Our members include all 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 1,000 allied and advanced dental education programs, over 60 corporations and more than 20,000 individuals. Our activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education, as well as the dental school admissions services ADEA AADSAS®, ADEA PASS®, ADEA DHCAS® and ADEA CAAPID®. For more information, visit