2017 Thomas Evans Achievement Award Recipient
The Thomas Evans Achievement Award is Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Society’s highest award of recognition, honoring alumni who have shown innovation, excellence, and leadership in the profession of oral healthcare nationally and internationally. This year’s recipient is Dr. Adam Stabholz (GD’78), who completed his postdoctoral training in endodontics at Penn Dental Medicine.
Dr. Stabholz has had a widely accomplished career internationally in teaching and the field of endodontics. He is the immediate past Dean of Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine in Jerusalem, a post he held for 14 years with over four terms in the deanship, and he is currently Chairman of the Department of Endodontics there as well. Dr. Stabholz’s path to Penn Dental Medicine began with an agreement that Dr. D. Walter Cohen (C’47, D’50) initiated when he was Dean of Penn Dental Medicine with Hebrew University, to train specialists who would then return to teach at the University. Dr. Stabholz was selected to come to Penn Dental Medicine through that program and upon completion of his specialty training, he returned to Hebrew University and started his teaching career.
Over the years, he has been instrumental in organizing and chairing committees for several international congresses held in Israel and his prominence in the endodontic community led to his election as President of the International Federation of Endodontic Associations (IFEA), an umbrella organization of endodontic societies of 28 countries. He also played an instrumental role in establishing relationships between the Hebrew University and Al-Quds University dental schools , fostering relationships between Israeli and Palestinian students that became the seeds for establishing the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders.
Among his many honors, he received the Israel Dental Association “Yakir Harash” award, its highest award for outstanding contribution to the dental profession in Israel. He also served as the Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Israel Dental Association. An active member of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, he received the Achievement Medal Award of Alpha Omega in 2012 and served as the International President of the organization in 2015. A widely published author and international lecturer, Dr. Stabholz’s current research is focused on the application of lasers in dentistry.
– Originally published in the Penn Dental Medical Journal, Spring 2017
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