Gies Gala: The William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement

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The William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement (The Gies Awards)—the most anticipated annual event in oral health and dental education—honor the efforts of individuals, institutions and organizations to meaningfully advance oral health and dental education. The work of our awardees embodies the ideals set forth more than 90 years ago by dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D.

Founded in 2007, the annual Gies Awards are a catalyst for change—to encourage new ideas, generate opportunities and tackle issues facing the not-so-distant future of dental education. It’s a platform to accelerate innovation by coalescing diverse minds around common goals that improve oral and systemic health and move our communities forward.

The Gies Awards recognize the vision and commitment of our colleagues to bring new ideas and better solutions forward to the dental professions.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the difficult decision was made to cancel the 2020 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition and related ADEA events—including the ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event and Gies Awards Gala—which had been planned for March 14-17, 2020.  Please join us in congratulating this year’s Gies Award winners, whose achievements we all celebrate.  

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