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College of Dental Medicine News

Date: Oct 2012

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) has awarded Dr. Preston D. Miller, JR., with its highest honor, the Gold Medal, awarded for outstanding contributions in the field of periodontics.

The award was given by the AAP with a description of his accolades:

Dr. Preston D. Miller, Jr., has been active in the Academy since 1968, serving on more than 20 AAP committees, representing District 3 on the Board of Trustees for six years, and eventually serving as president in 2006-2007. Dr. Miller has also been involved in the AAP Foundation as a member of its Board of Directors and Visionary Society. He is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Periodontology, has published numerous articles in refereed periodontal journals and contributed to four textbooks, and has lectured extensively throughout the world. In a letter of nomination for this award, one of his peers stated that it would be unusual not to find Dr. Miller’s name among the faculty in nearly every Annual Meeting program over the last several decades. His leadership qualities have been recognized by other dental organizations as well. He served as president of the Southern Academy of Periodontology, the Memphis Dental Society, and the Tennessee Society of Periodontists, and was vice president of the Tennessee Dental Association. In 2003, he was named Tennessee Dentist of the Year. A born teacher, Dr. Miller sold his practice in 2008 and now shares his skills as a clinical professor at the dental school at the Medical University of South Carolina.  (source: American Academy of Periodontics)

Dr. Miller serves as a clinical instructor in the Department of Stomatology at MUSC.

For a fourth straight year, the South Carolina Dental Association held its annual Dental Access Days (‘DAD’) event, a 2-day free dental clinic meant to provide dental care to the underserved.

This year over 1,600 patients from around the state were treated. The event was held in Columbia at the State Fairgrounds on August 17th and 18th.

MUSC faculty and students were among those who volunteered from around the state. Over fifty junior and senior dental students worked with faculty to provide care to those in need.

Dr. Mark Barry, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, says of the importance of the event for students: “Participating in Dental Access Days gives our students the opportunity to serve and provide dental care for those who are less fortunate. This is an extremely important part of their education.”

All patients who showed up for the event were treated. Services provided included fillings, extractions, root canals, cleanings and transitional partial dentures. By the end of the second day, approximately $700,000 of free care had been provided.

  Oct 2012