October 26, 2015

2 faculty, alumna sweep evidence-based dentistry awards

Two University of Washington School of Dentistry faculty members and one alumna have received all three of the 2015 Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) Faculty and Practice Awards given by the American Dental Association (ADA) and American Association for Dental Research (AADR), the organizations have announced.

Greg Huang

Dr. Greg Huang

The awards went to Dr. Greg Huang, Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthodontics; Dr. Donald Chi, Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences; and Dr. Jane Gillette, a Montana clinical research dentist and 2002 UW dental graduate who has been a national leader in advocating for wider use of EBD.

Dr.  Huang received the Accomplished Faculty Award and Dr. Chi received the Mid-Career Faculty Award, while Dr. Gillette received the Practice Award. The awards, which recognize significant contributions to implementing and advancing EBD, will be presented on Nov. 4 at a joint reception of the ADA’s EBD Champions Conference and the AADR Fall Focused Symposium in Washington, D.C. Established two years ago, the awards initially were given just to dental faculty but were expanded this year to include a practitioner.

“It’s very gratifying to see these two outstanding faculty members and Dr. Gillette recognized in this way,” said Dr. Joel Berg, Dean of the School of Dentistry. “Beyond that, I think this also underscores the enormous value our school places on research and scientific evidence. They are absolutely essential to our educational and clinical mission at the University of Washington.”

Dr. Huang, who earned his DMD at University of Florida and his MSD in orthodontics at the UW, has published more than 70 journal articles and is co-author of the first textbook on evidence-based orthodontics. He was an associate editor for the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from 2004 to 2013, and he currently serves on the editorial boards of Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research and Seminars in Orthodontics. His studies have also ranged outside orthodontics; in recent years, his research on the advisability of third-molar (wisdom tooth) extraction has drawn substantial interest. Dr. Huang, who also holds an MPH in epidemiology, is the principal investigator of a current study being carried out in the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network, a consortium of dentists conducting research in their private practices. He has lectured on evidence-based orthodontics across the world, and his honors include the 2014 Award of Merit from the Pacific Coast Society for Orthodontics.

Donald Chi

Dr. Donald Chi

Dr. Chi, who also holds an adjunct appointment in the UW School of Public Health, has a DDS from the UW and a PhD in health services research from the University of Iowa. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. His wide-ranging research interests include access to dental care services, Alaska Native pediatric oral health disparities, oral health of low-income children with special health care needs, and the relationship between medical and dental care utilization. He is the first dentist and UW faculty member to be named a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar, and in 2013 he received the International Association for Dental Research Colgate Community-Based Research Award for Caries Prevention and the Bengt Magnusson Memorial Prize in Child Dental Health from the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a consultant to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Council on Scientific Affairs and chair of the AAPD Evidence-Based Dentistry Committee. His clinical practice focuses on providing comprehensive dental care to Alaska Native children in Alaska’s Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.

Jane Gillette

Dr. Jane Gillette

Dr. Gillette is a nationally recognized leader in primary oral disease prevention, health disparities and EBD, with experience in settings including the Federal Dental Service, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Alaskan Native and Native American health care, private practice, and academia and research.  She has held leadership roles in organizations including the ADA, the National Network for Oral Health Access, the AAPD, and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research-funded practice-based research networks.  She is one of the nation’s leading advocates for reducing oral health disparities and improving health outcomes via the production and utilization of high-quality scientific evidence, and she is an ADA spokesperson on EBD and reviewer of scientific evidence for the ADA’s Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry. Dr. Gillette is also an editor of the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice, and developer and director of both the infant oral health program Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Montana and Montana’s school-based sealant program Sealants for Smiles!.