Awards and Special Lectures

Award of Excellence Recipients

img_9952The 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 writing to Dr. Richard Stevenson (P.O. Box 25637 Los Angeles, CA 90025) and will be reviewed at the Spring Council Meeting.

The following individuals have been honored with the Award of Excellence:

1986 – Dr. Gerald D. Stibbs

1987 – Dr. Paul T. Dawson

1988 – Dr. James P. Vernetti

1989 – Dr. A. Ian Hamilton

1990 – Dr. Ralph J. Werner

1991 – Dr. Melvin R. Lund

1992 – Dr. Richard V. Tucker

1993 – Dr. Paul H. Loflin

1994 – Dr. David J. Bales

1995 – Dr. Clifford M. Sturdevant

1996 – Dr. Harry Rosen

1997 – Dr. J. Martin Anderson

1998 – Dr. Gregory E. Smith

1999 – Dr. José E. Medina

2000 – Dr. Bruce B. Smith

2001 – Dr. Richard B. McCoy

2002 – Dr. John W. Reinhardt

2003 – Dr. Lawrence L. Clark

2004 – Dr. Norman C. Ferguson

2005 – Dr. James B. Summitt

2006 – Dr. Joel M. Wagoner

2007 – Dr. Thomas G. Berry

2008 – Dr. William A. Gregory

2009 – Dr. Warren K. Johnson

2010 – Dr. Richard G. Stevenson III

2011 – Dr. Michael Cochran

2012 – Dr. Harold R. Laswell

2013 – Dr. Gerald E. Denehy

2014 – Dr. Richard D. Tucker

2015 – Dr. Gordon J. Christensen

2016 – Dr. J. William Robbins

2017 – Dr. Thomas J. Hilton

2018 – Dr. Maria Lopez Howell

2019 – Dr. Paul Hasegawa

2020 - Dr. Craig Bridgeman

2021 - (No winner due to Covid Pandemic)

2022 - Dr. Bruce Small

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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:

1975 – Dr. Robert J. Nelsen

1976 – Dr. George C. Paffenbarger

1977 – Dr. Ralph W. Phillips

1978 – Dr. Miles R. Markley

1979 – Dr. Wilmer B. Eames

1980 – Dr. George W. Ferguson

1981 – Dr. Rafael L. Bowen

1982 – Dr. Lloyd Baum

1983 – Dr. Harold R. Stanley

1984 – Dr. Kamal Asgar

1985 – Dr. José E. Medina

1986 – Dr. Nelson W. Rupp

1987 – Dr. Gunnar Ryge

1988 – Dr. David B. Mahler

1989 – Dr. Gerald T. Charbeneau

1990 – Dr. Dennis C. Smith

1991 – Dr. Robert B. Craig

1992 – Dr. Marjorie Swartz

1993 – Dr. William V. Youdelis

1994 – Dr. Carl W. Fairhurst

1995 – Dr. Karl Leinfelder

1997 – Dr. Nobuo Nakabayashi

1998 – Dr. David Pashley

1999 – Dr. Takao Fusayama

2000 – Dr. Frederick C. Eichmiller

2001 – Dr. Richard D. Norman

2002 – Dr. Nairn H. F. Wilson

2003 – Dr. John W. Osborne

2004 – Dr. Ivar A. Mjör

2005 – Dr. Stephen C. Bayne

2006 – Dr. William H. Douglas

2007 – Dr. Guido Vanherle

2008 – Dr. Mathilde “Tilly” Peters

2009 – Dr. Dr. James B. Summitt

2010 – Dr. J. Rodway Mackert

2011 – Dr. John O. Burgess

2012 – Dr. Reinhard Hickel

2013 – Dr. Max Anderson

2014 – Dr. Edwina Kidd

2015 – Dr. Sally Marshall

2016 – Dr. Jack L. Ferracane

2017 – Dr. Fred Rueggeberg

2018 – Dr. Edward J. Swift

2019 - Dr. Hidehiko Sano

2020 - Dr. Sumita Mitra

2021/2022 - Dr. Valeria Gordan

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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.

1982 – Dennis C. Smith, DSc. MSc., PhD
Toronto, Ont., Canada
“A Milestone in Dentistry”

1983 – Alan Boyde, BDS, PhD
London, England
“Enamel Microstructure and Operative Dentistry”

1984 – Martin Brannstrom, Odont Dr.
Karolinska Ints, Sweden
“Communication between the Oral Cavity and the Dental Pulp Associated with Restorative Treatment”

1985 – Erik Asmussen, Dr. odent et scient
Copenhagen, Denmark
“Clinical Relevance of Physical, Chemical and Bonding Properties of Composite Resins”

1986 – Ivar A. Mjör, BDS, MSD, MS, Dr. odont
Oslo, Norway
“Clinical Assessments of Amalgam Restorations”

1987 – 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”

1988 – Sigurd P. Ramfjord, LDS, PhD
Univ of Michigan, School of Dentistry
“Periodontal Considerations of Operative Dentistry”

1989 – Edwina M. Kidd, BDS, FDS, PhD
London, England
“Caries Diagnosis within Restored Teeth”

1990 – N. H. F. Wilson, PhD, MSc, BDS, FDS, DRD, RCS
Manchester, England
“The Evaluation of Materials: Relationships between Laboratory Investigations and Clinical Studies”

1991 – John W. McLean, OBE, FDS, RCS, MDS, DSc, DO dont
London, England
“The Science and Art of Dental Ceramics”

1992 – David H. Pashley, DMD, PhD
Augusta, Georgia
“The Effects of Acid Etching on the Pulpodontal Complex”

1993 – Robert E. Baier, PhD
Buffalo, New York

1994 – Graham J. Mount, AM, DDS, DOSc, FRACDS
Adelaide, South Australia
“Glass Ionomer Cements: Past, Present and Future”

1995 – Felix Leitz, MD, DMD, PhD
Zurich, Switzerland
“The Post-amalgam Age”

1996 – David B. Mahler, PhD
University of Oregon
“The Amalgam-Tooth Interface”

1997 – Gordon J. Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD
Provo, Utah
“Tooth-Colored Posterior Restorations”

1998 – Kenneth J. Anusavice, DMD, PhD
Gainsville, Florida
“Materials of the Future: Preservative or Restorative?”

1999 – Dr. E. Steven Duke
San Antonio, Texas
“Thoughts on Contempory Restorative Materials”

2000 – Professor Dr. J. F. Roulet
Berlin, Germany
“Adhesive Dentistry in the 21st Century”

2001 – Dr. Jens Andreasen
Copenhagen,. Denmark
“Bonding Techniques in Dental Traumatology”

2002 – Dr. Lars Bjorndal
Copenhagen, Denmark
“Dentin Caries: Progression and Clinical Management”

2003 – Dr. Bart Van Meerbeek
Leuven, Belgium
“Bonding to Tooth Tissue: Current Status and Challenges of the Future”

2004 – Dr. Reinhard Hickel
Munich, Germany
“Classification and Clinical Results of Filling Materials”

2004 – Dr. J. Manhart
Munich, Germany
“Review of the clinical survival of direct and indirect restorations in posterior teeth of the permanent dentition.”

2005 – Dr. Franklin Tay
Hong Kong, Peoples Republic of China
“Reducing Steps In Dentin Bonding – What Have We Really Gained”

2006 – Dr. Jacques E. Nor
Ann Arbor, Michigan
“Tooth Tissue Engineering and Molecular Biology in Restorative Dentistry”

2007 – Professor Tim F. Watson
Chicago, Illinois
“Operative Dentistry and the Abuse of Dental Hard Tissues”

2008 – Dr. Jack Ferracane
Portland, Oregon
“Placing Dental Composites: A stressful Experience”

2009 – Prof. Med. Dent Adrian Lussi
Bern, Switzerland
“Dental Erosion”

2010 - Dr. James Bader
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
"Assessing Quality of Care in Dental Practice"

2011 – Dr. Max Anderson
Sequim, WA
"Advancing Science:  Its Future Impacts of Dentistry"

2012 – Dr. David T. Wong
Los Angeles, CA
"Saliva: The Next Diagnostic Frontier"

2013 – Dr. Paul Sharpe
London, United Kingdom
"Tooth Development, Dental Stem Cells and the Creation of Biologic Replacement Teeth"

2014 – Leo Tjäderhane, DDS, PhD
Oulo, Finland
"Dentin Bonding:  Can We Make it Last?"

2015 – Dr. Gottfried Schmalz
Regensburg, Germany
"Material Tissue Interaction: From Toxicity to Regeneration"

2016 – Dr. Valeria V. Gordan
Gainesville, FL
“How to Bridge Research Results to Everyday Clinical Care”

2017 – Dr. Irina Sailer
Zurich, Switzerland
“To Crown or Not to Crown – Are the Traditional Treatment Concepts Outdated?”

2018 – Dr. Falk Schwendicke
Berlin, Germany
“Tailored Dentistry – Or One Size Fits All?”

2019 - Markus B. Blatz, DMD, PhD, Prof Dr Med Dent
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Update on Bonded Ceramics Restoration"

2020 - Dr. Margherita Fontana, DDS, PhD
Ann Arbor, Michigan
"The Evidence Behind Minimal Intervention in Cariology:  The Role of SDF and Other Non-Restorative Strategies for Caries Management"

2021 - Dr. Sharukh S. Khajotia
Oklahoma City, OK
"The Interface Between Biofilms and Biomaterials, and Why It Matters"

2022 - Professor David Bartlett
London, England
"Does Age Cause Tooth Wear?"

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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.


Richard V. Tucker Lecture of Excellence Presenters

In 2007 the Council of the Academy of Operative Dentistry collaborated with the Council of the Academy of R. V. Tucker Study Clubs to establish an annual lecture to be given which focused on clinical excellence, particularly in the arena of cast and direct gold restorations in honor of Dr. Richard V. Tucker.





2008 – Dr. Terry Donovan
Chapel Hill, NC
“Cast Gold Longevity”

2009 – Dr. Richard G. Stevenson III
Los Angeles, CA
“Educating Excellent Dentists in the 21st Century”

2010 – Dr. Mark A. Cruz
Monarch Beach, CA
“Evidenced Based Cast Gold Excellence”

2011 – Dr. Richard Simonsen
Glendale, AZ
“Commerce vs. Care: The Ethics of Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry in a Cheaters’ World”

2012 – Dr. Randall Allan
Vancouver, BC, Canada
“The Tucker 7/8 Gold Crown”

2013 – Dr. Warren K. Johnson and Dr. Richard D. Tucker
Seattle and Bellingham, WA
“What can Gold do for You and Your Patients?”

2014 – Dr. James C. Kessler
Oklahoma City, OK
“A Look at New Materials Through the Lens of Proven Principles”

2015 – Dr. Rüdiger Osswald
Münich, Germany
“A Closer Look at the Emperor’s New Clothes”

2016 – Dr. John Kois
Seattle, WA
“The Myth of Anterior Guidance”

2017 – Dr. Frank Spear
Seattle, WA
“Minimally Invasive Management of Complex Dental Problems”

2018 – Dr. Terry T. Tanaka
San Diego, CA
“Occlusion Concepts and Anatomy: New Perspectives for 2018

2019 - Dr. W. Patrick Naylor
Loma Linda, CA
"A Closer Look at the Science Behind Three Aspects of Restorative Dentistry"

2020 - Dr. Chandur Wadhwani
Bellevue, WA
"From Casting Gold to Ceramic: Understanding Science Matters"

2021 - (No presenter chosen due to Pandemic)

2022 - Dr. Terry Donovan
Chapel Hill, NC
"Lessons Learned in Over 50 years of Restorative Dentistry"

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