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The James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine congratulates faculty members on their recent achievements.

Dr. Frederick Moore, Jr., Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, was selected as the 2013 recipient of the Daniel Laskin Award as an Outstanding Predoctoral Educator.  The Daniel Laskin Award is given to an Oral Surgeon who strives to further Oral and Maxillofacial research and academia, has a reputation as an outstanding clinician, and maintains the highest ethical and moral ideals of a professor.  The award will be presented at the opening ceremonies of the AAOMS meeting this coming October.



Dr. James A. Rivers, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Oral Rehabilitation, received the Distinguished Dentist Citation from the South Carolina Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. The Pierre Fauchard Academy's goal is to consistently focus on professionalism, integrity, and ethics worldwide, by conducting themselves as worthy role models, advancing dentistry to the highest level, and supporting and honoring colleagues for their distinguished work. The award commemorates Rivers' contributions to the art and science of dentistry.



Dr. Keith Kirkwood, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, was a recent recipient of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Award. The award was presented during the annual meeting of the International Association for Research in Seattle. The award recognizes scientists whose research has led to significant advances in oral health. Dr Kirkwood is a diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology, past recipient of the GlaxoSmithKline/IADR Innovations in Oral Care Award, and is a previous Tarrson Fellow from the American Academy of Periodontology. 



Dr. Monica Cayouette, Associate Professor and Director of the Implant Prosthodontics Division in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation, was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists at its 83rd Annual Convocation in San Francisco. The honorary organization recognized Dr. Cayouette for her outstanding and meritorious service to the profession and community.

Dr. Jompobe “Joe” Vuthiganon, an Instructor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, has been named the 2013 ADEA/ADEA Council of Students, Residents, and Fellows/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Junior Faculty Award recipient.

This national award recognizes junior faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, and service. Dr. Vuthiganon was acknowledged at the 2013 ADEA (American Dental Education Association) Annual Session & Exhibition in Seattle Washington on March 19th, 2013. As part for the award, he was given a $2,500 stipend to cover travel expenses to the conference and to further his teaching, research, and service efforts.

Vuthiganon received his dental degree from MUSC in 2009 and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 2010. Following residency, Vuthiganon came back to Charleston and joined the faculty full-time at MUSC.

In his personal statement to ADEA, Vuthiganon wrote, “I am proud to be a part of the faculty at my alma mater and to work alongside the instructors who taught me how to be a dentist. I have found my calling in dental academia where I can not only serve my patients, but also be part of the training of future dentists. I look forward to the future as I continue my career here at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine.”

Through teaching the Dental Materials I course, as well as developing The Oral Rehabilitation Clinic Handbook™ (TORCH), Dr. “V” (as he’s known by the students) has made a positive impact since he started teaching at MUSC.

Katie Daniel, the third-year student who nominated him for the award, can attest to his impact. In her nomination letter to ADEA, she wrote, “Not only does Dr. V put together engaging lectures, he also makes MUSC a brighter place just with his presence. This can be an underrated quality . . . especially in the stressful world of dental school.”

The James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine congratulates Dr. Vuthiganon on this award and his continued dedication to the education of the future dentists of South Carolina.

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.

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