JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD

2017 Dental Hygiene Alumni Achievement Award Recipient

2017 Dental Hygiene Alumni Achievement Award Recipient

The Penn Dental Medicine Dental Hygiene Alumni Association presents the Dental Hygiene Alumni Achievement Award annually, recognizing the outstanding contributions of dental hygiene alumni to the growth and development of the profession. The recipient of the 2017 Dental Hygiene Alumni Achievement Award is JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD.

Dr. Gurenlian is an internationally recognized leader in dental hygiene, having served as President of the New Jersey Dental Hygienists’ Association, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, and the International Federation of Dental Hygienists. Dr. Gurenlian received her baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a master’s degree in dental hygiene from Columbia University, and a doctoral degree specializing in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the former Chair of the Dental Hygiene Department at Thomas Jefferson University, and currently serves as Professor and Graduate Dental Hygiene Program Director at Idaho State University.

An accomplished author, Dr. Gurenlian has published more than 250 papers and co-authored the text Preventing Medical Emergencies: Use of the Medical History. In addition to her teaching and research activities, she practices part-time in a medical office in New Jersey.

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