Dr. John Sorensen of the Department of Restorative Dentistry has been named to receive the 2013 President’s Award of the American College of Prosthodontists, the ACP has announced. The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to the ACP or prosthodontics, as well as academic dentistry and the sciences or health professions.
Dr. Sorensen, who joined the School of Dentistry faculty as a professor in Restorative Dentistry in October 2012, is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a fellow of the ACP who will be program chair of the ACP’s 2013 annual session. At the UW, he chairs the School of Dentistry’s Clinical Systems Task Force, which is charged with revamping clinical education and patient treatment to better align them with the school’s vision of 21st-century dentistry.
“Dr. Sorensen has made extraordinary contributions to prosthodontics in all of its aspects: private practice, education, research and prosthodontic literature,” said ACP President Dr. Lee M. Jameson. “He truly enhances the esteem, reputation and public awareness of prosthodontics and the American College of Prosthodontists.”
Dr. Sorensen is director, president and founder of the Pacific Dental Institute. He is also Adjunct Professor of Postgraduate Prosthodontics at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and founder and director of the Dental Clinical Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University, where he was the Oregon Dental Association Centennial Professor of Restorative Dentistry. He has been an active researcher in dental materials and a reviewer, editor and editorial board member for leading journals. In 2004, he won the Judson C. Hickey Scientific Writing Award from the editorial board of the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.
“John Sorensen has been a leader in restorative dentistry for many years, and it’s gratifying to see him receive this highly deserved recognition,” said Dean Joel Berg.
Dr. Sorensen will be honored along with recipients of the ACP’s 2013 Awards of Distinction at the organization’s annual session in October in Las Vegas.