The David H. Wands Fellowship in Graduate Prosthodontics provides financial assistance to a student enrolled in the Graduate Prosthodontics program at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, leading to a Certificate in Prosthodontics and an MSD Degree.
Eligible candidates must be citizens of the United States who have earned either a DDS or a DMD degree from an approved dental school. Selection will be based upon outstanding scholarship, clinical excellence, high moral character, contributions to research and interest in an academic career.
Dr. Blake Barney named 2012 Wands Fellow
Dr. Blake Barney, a first-year graduate student at the UW School of Dentistry, has received the 2012 David H. Wands Endowment Fellowship in Graduate Prosthodontics. He is the 12th recipient of the $10,000 award.
Dr. Barney, a native of Idaho, received his DDS in 2011 from The Ohio State University and his undergraduate degree in biology in 2007 from Brigham Young University – Idaho. His earlier awards include an Achievement Award from the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in 2011 and a Barlow Fellowship for outstanding academic research participation in 2010, both at Ohio State.
“I’m grateful and excited,” Dr. Barney said, adding that he chose the UW Graduate Prosthodontics program in part because of its close working relationship with Graduate Periodontics. “There’s an awesome understanding of how they go together, and the treatment planning is really comprehensive,” he said.
Dr. Barney said he grew interested in dentistry while on a church mission in Eastern Canada. He met a family that included a dental student, and their conversations piqued his fascination. In dental school, he initially had no intention of specializing, but that changed.
“I really enjoyed denture class – waxing, making everything look nice. … I wanted to learn how things work, and try everything for myself,” he said. He also took close note of school activities related to the American College of Prosthodontists’ Awareness Week.
Dr. Barney and his wife, Lindsey, have three young children. The couple, who are avid runners, have completed two full and four half-marathons. Dr. Barney performed missionary service in Canada for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2001 to 2003, and for two years taught a seminary class for high school students. He said that his career plans include a mix of private practice and teaching.
Dr. Wands, who was a UW School of Dentistry faculty member in the Department of Prosthodontics for 22 years, originally established the fellowship at the University of Maryland in 1994 in recognition of the shortage of dental school educators and to offer financial assistance to those interested in academic dentistry. In 1998, he launched a similar fellowship at the UW with a $500,000 commitment.
In 1967, Dr. Wands graduated with honors from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland, and afterward served for seven years with the U.S. Public Health Service. He then returned to the University of Washington as a half-time faculty member and taught both undergraduate and graduate Prosthodontics, achieving the rank of Clinical Professor.
In addition to endowing the fellowship, Dr. Wands is a member of the UW School of Dentistry Dean’s Club Board of Directors and was instrumental in forming the UW Graduate Prosthodontic Alumni Association. In May 1999, he was honored by the Dean’s Club with its highest award, Honorary Lifetime Member. He is a Life Member of the Academy of Prosthodontics and Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics.
“If we don’t have teachers in the dental school, then we don’t have graduates. It’s that simple,” Dr. Wands has said. Now retired from private practice in Olympia, Wash., he is an avid saltwater and freshwater fisherman as well as a master gardener.