Dean Joel Berg of the School of Dentistry was named Pediatric Dentist of the Year on Thursday by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) at the organization’s annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
The award, established in 1998, honors a pediatric dentist who has contributed significantly to the dental profession and to pediatric dentistry through clinical practice, academics or policy development. Recipients also must have given extensive volunteer leadership service to the dental profession and the pediatric specialty.
Dr. Berg, a past president of AAPD, has been Dean since 2012. Before that, he served as Chair of the UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and he continues to practice at the UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry at Seattle’s Magnuson State Park. Dean Berg also holds the rank of Professor, and has also held the Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health at the UW. In addition, he is a past president of the AAPD’s foundation, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, and is a national AAPD media spokesman.
He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a fellow of the American College of Dentists, a fellow of the International College of Dentists, and vice president of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honorary society. In 2003, Dean Berg also served as head of the dentist education component for Washington state’s Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD), which has been widely recognized for helping to improve early childhood oral health in the state.