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May 17, 2011

Penn Dental Medicine Faculty Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Faculty award winners with members of the Executive Student Council.

Faculty award winners with members of the Executive Student Council.

Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine faculty members were honored for excellence in teaching at the School’s Senior Farewell, held May 10 at the Ritz Carlton in Center City Philadelphia. Each academic year, the graduating class recognizes members of the faculty with teaching awards, presented at this annual event that celebrates the passage of students to professional dentistry. The event is sponsored by the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Society, which also presented a faculty award. The awards and recipients included the following:

The Senior Outstanding Teaching Award – presented to a faculty member who has gone beyond the scope of his/her responsibilities to significantly impact the class’s education at Penn Dental Medicine. For the fifth consecutive year, the Senior Outstanding Teaching Award was presented to Dr. Arthur Kuperstein, Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine, Director of the Division Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, and Course and Clinic Director of the Oral Diagnosis and Emergency Care Clinics. Dr. Kuperstein has been with the School since 2002. In addition to his clinical teaching responsibilities for all four years of the DMD curriculum, he also lectures within the postdoctoral programs, the program for advanced standing students, and other clinical and basic sciences courses. Dr. Kuperstein is also a past recipient of the Joseph L.T. Appleton Award.

The Joseph L. T. Appleton Award – presented to a part-time faculty member for excellence in clinical teaching. Dr. Scott Odell (D’82), Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine, is this year’s recipient of the award for the third year in a row. A member of the School’s faculty since 2007, Dr. Odell teaches diagnostic radiology and in the Emergency Care Clinic. The Appleton Award is named in honor of Dr. Appleton, a 1914 alumnus of Penn Dental Medicine, who served as dean of the School from 1941 to 1951. The award was founded in 1979 by Dr. Abram Cohen, a member of the Class of 1923 and father of Dean Emeritus D. Walter Cohen, Class of 1950.

The Basic Science Award – presented for excellence in teaching within the basic sciences. This year’s recipient is Dr. Elliot Hersh, Professor of Oral Surgery and Pharmacology. An internationally known researcher in local anesthesia and the management of acute pain, Dr. Hersh is an 18-time recipient of this award. A Penn Dental Medicine faculty member since 1988, he currently serves as Director of the Division of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, teaching a first-year Physiology Course, second-year courses in Pharmacology and Pain and Anxiety Control, a third-year Geriatrics Course, and serving as Course Director for fourth-year and postdoctoral Clinical Therapeutics courses. He also presents seminars to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Medicine postdoctoral residents. Dr. Hersh is a past recipient of the University of Pennsylvania’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology.

The Robert E. DeRevere Award – presented for excellence in preclinical teaching by a part-time faculty member. This year’s recipient, for the second year in a row, is Dr. Francis Smithgall (C’79, D’83), Clinical Assistant Professor of Restorative Sciences. Dr. Smithgall currently teaches undergraduate dental students in the general restorative dentistry laboratory. He began service at Penn Dental Medicine as a Clinical Associate Professor in 1984. The award is named in honor of Dr. DeRevere, a member of the Penn Dental Medicine Class of 1945, who served on the School’s faculty.

The Earle Bank Hoyt Award – presented for excellence in teaching to a Penn Dental Medicine graduate who is a full-time junior faculty member. For the fourth consecutive year, Dr. Margrit Maggio (D’87), Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry was selected to receive the award. Dr. Maggio, who also serves as Director of Operative Dentistry, teaches courses in the Virtual Reality Simulation Laboratory for first-year, second-year, and PASS students. She runs the General Restorative Dentistry I Operative Dentistry lecture and laboratory courses; as well as the introduction to clinical dentistry for second-year students; and an Operative Dentistry Module course for third-year students. She has been a member of the School’s faculty since 1996. The award was established by a grateful patient in honor of Dr. Hoyt, a distinguished clinician and educator and member of the Class of 1918.

Honorary Alumnus Award – presented by the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Society, honoring a faculty member for dedicated service to the School and for having a long-standing commitment and meaningful impact on generations of Penn Dental Medicine students as a teacher, mentor, and friend. This year’s recipient was Dr. Uri Hangorsky, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of the Program for Advanced Standing Students (PASS), and Clinical Professor of Periodontics at Penn Dental Medicine. Dr. Hangorsky, who holds a DDS from Columbia University Dental School and an MS in Periodontics from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry, has been part of the Penn Dental Medicine faculty since 1980, advancing within the Department of Periodontics. In addition to his current positions, he also has served as Director of the Model A Pennsylvania Experiment (1981-82) and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs (2004-2009). This award was presented for the first time last year, with the premier recipient, Dr. Arthur Steinberg, Clinical Professor of Periodontics, presenting the award to Dr. Hangorsky.

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