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

One of the largest, most prestigious events focused on dental education

For the first time in its 12-year history, the 2019 Gies Awards gala—the most anticipated black-tie event in oral health and dental education—not only celebrated the unparalleled work of innovators and visionaries in our community, but also honored the leadership and legacy of Richard Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., ADEAGies Foundation Trustee and ADEA CEO and President. As Dr. Valachovic prepares to pass the torch of leadership to his successor, we toasted to the indelible impact that he has had on the creation and growth of the ADEAGies Foundation.

The Gies Awards gala honors significant achievements of individuals, institutions and organizations that have propelled progress in oral health and dental education. The work of awardees embodies ideals set forth more than 90 years ago by dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D.

Founded in 2007, the annual Gies Awards gala remains 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 that accelerates innovation by bringing diverse, brilliant minds together to acknowledge and applaud the raw materials that propel our classrooms and communities forward.