January 18, 2019

Dr. Philip Anderson honored for volunteer work

Dr. Philip Anderson of the School of Dentistry affiliate faculty received a Volunteer Community Recognition Award at Thursday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute program at UW Health Sciences.

Dr. Philip Anderson (right) receives his award from Butch de Castro of the MLK Tribute planning committee.

Dr. Philip Anderson (right) receives his award from Butch de Castro of the MLK Tribute planning committee.

Dr. Anderson, who has taught in the Department of Restorative Dentistry for 11 years, was honored for his extensive volunteer efforts. During his time teaching here, he has contributed more hours of volunteer work than any other faculty member.

He supervises dental students as they volunteer to deliver dental care at Seattle-area homeless shelters, including the Union Gospel Mission, Mary’s Place, and Safe Harbor Free Medical Clinic. He has also served in this capacity at migrant farm worker dental outreach events.

Last year, Dr. Anderson launched and underwrote an award recognizing student volunteer efforts. A 1972 DDS graduate of the UW, he was also recognized in 2015 with one of the first two Hungate Awards for Teaching Excellence recognizing the School of Dentistry’s affiliate faculty.

Each year, UW Health Sciences commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a program focusing on the work being done to honor his ideals. The event includes the presentation of Volunteer Community Recognition Awards to someone from Dentistry and the five other Health Sciences schools.

At this year’s event, Annette Anderson, Director of Curriculum at UW Bothell, received the Distinguished Service Award. The program also featured a panel discussion of the role of health equity in serving the community, moderated by Dr. Donald Chi of the School of Dentistry faculty.