ADEAGies Foundation Announces Recipients of the William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement in Academic Dentistry and Oral Health

ADEAGies Foundation Celebration to be Held March 20, 2017 in Long Beach, CA

2016 Gies Awards winners take the stage following the 2016 Gies Awards gala. Photo courtesy of American Dental Education Association.

WASHINGTON--()--The ADEAGies Foundation announced today the winners of the 2017 William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement (The Gies Awards). The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., debuted in 2008 and are the profession’s preeminent recognition for individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership. The 2017 Gies Awards will be presented on March 20 at a highly anticipated ceremony to be held in conjunction with the 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Long Beach, CA. Dentsply Sirona is the premier sponsor of the awards.

“Dentsply Sirona deeply values its partnership with the ADEAGies Foundation and is pleased to support the foundation as the Premier Sponsor of the 2017 Gies Gala,” says Terri Dolan, D.D.S., M.P.H., Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at Dentsply Sirona, Inc.

The honorees were selected by a distinguished panel of judges consisting of the ADEAGies Foundation Board of Trustees. The 2017 Gies Award recipients are (in alphabetical order):

Colorado Dental Association
Gies Award for Vision – Public or Private Partner

Eastman Institute for Oral Health
Gies Award for Achievement – Academic Dental Institution

Allan J. Formicola, D.D.S, M.S.
Gies Award for Vision – Dental Educator

N. Karl Haden, Ph.D.
Gies Award for Achievement – Public or Private Partner

Jordan Valley Community Health Center
Gies Award for Innovation – Public or Private Partner

Pacific Center for Special Care at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Gies Award for Innovation – Academic Dental Institution

George K. Stookey, Ph.D., M.S.
Gies Award for Innovation – Dental Educator

University of Washington School of Dentistry – RIDE Program
Gies Award for Vision – Academic Dental Institution

Pamela Zarkowski, J.D., M.P.H.
Gies Award for Achievement – Dental Educator

“The outstanding winners of the 2017 Gies Awards were selected from a record number of nominations this year,” says Leo E. Rouse, D.D.S., FACD, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the ADEAGies Foundation. “The ADEAGies Foundation Board of Trustees congratulates the winners and thanks all of the nominators for the excellent submissions.”

Tickets for the celebration may be purchased starting in early December online at when registering for the 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. For information on table sponsorship, contact Trish Smith at or 703-506-3272.

About the ADEAGies Foundation: As the only philanthropy dedicated solely to dental education, the ADEAGies Foundation’s mission is to enhance the oral health of the public by funding programs that support innovations in dental education, research, leadership and recognition. To achieve its mission, the Foundation awards grants (over $1.2 million to date) and holds The William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement each year. Building on these successes, the ADEAGies Foundation has committed to increase funding for innovations within academic dentistry, and to ensure that those ideas are disseminated throughout the profession to reach their full potential for change. The Foundation’s funding will support leadership programs and transformational advances throughout dental education to improve oral and systemic health.

About William J. Gies, Ph.D. and the Gies Report: William J. Gies was a Columbia University biochemistry professor and founder of the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University. In 1926, funded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Dr. Gies published a landmark report that established the importance of dentistry as a healing science and an essential component of higher education in the health professions. The Gies Report remains to this day the most relevant survey of dental education and critical issues within the field.

About ADEA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Its members include all 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, over 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, 66 corporations and more than 20,000 individuals. The mission of ADEA is to lead institutions and individuals in the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the overall health and safety of the public. ADEA’s activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education, as well as the dental school admissions services ADEA AADSAS, ADEA PASS, ADEA DHCAS and ADEA CAAPID. For more information about ADEA, visit


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Release Summary

The ADEAGies Foundation announces the winners of the 2017 William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement (Gies Awards). 2017 awardees will be recognized on March 20, in Long Beach, CA.


American Dental Education Association
Kellie Bove, 202-289-7201