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Known for his humanitarian efforts in Mexico and South America, Terry Tanaka, a clinical professor in graduate prosthodontics at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, is the 2016 recipient of the Gordon J. Christensen Lecturer Award. Dr. Tanaka was presented with the award Friday at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting.
In announcing the award winner, CDS President George Zehak said Dr. Tanaka “was selected among all of the people out there for his wonderful contribution to the profession.”
The award acknowledges the recipient’s outstanding contributions to the dental profession and the Midwinter Meeting.
“What do you think it really takes to do these lectures?” Dr. Gordon Christensen asked the crowd who attended Dr. Tanaka’s lecture. “How many hours do you think Terry has put together to (organize) this program? Well, it’s years and years of experience.”
Dr. Tanaka maintains a private practice in prosthodontics and orofacial pain in Chula Vista, CA. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain; the director of research for the Clinical Research Foundation; and a member of the Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontists, American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and the American Equilibration Society.
Dr. Tanaka is recognized internationally for his anatomical dissections of the head, neck and TMJ, is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, and has published numerous articles. He holds Fellowships in the American College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International, and International College of Dentists.
His humanitarian work includes treating children with craniofacial deformities for which he has been recognized by many national and international organizations including the ADA, AGD, American College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International and Rotary International.
The Chicago Dental Society Communications Committee has awarded its 2016 George H. Cushing Award to Mark J. Humenik, DDS, of Northbrook.
The award, given to an individual recognized by the committee for efforts to raise public awareness of the importance of oral health, was presented to Dr. Humenik on the opening day of the CDS Midwinter Meeting.
“I am deeply honored to accept this award on behalf of all of my colleagues who actively address access to care challenges and make a difference in the lives of the underserved,” said Dr. Humenik. “It is humbling for me to be recognized by the CDS Communications Committee – a committee on which I have served, supported, and whose members and initiatives I believe in so strongly.
Dr. Humenik has participated in more than 25 Missions of Mercy across the country, CURE Network events, and other clinics.
Dr. Humenik received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.
“I have grown personally and spiritually with every volunteer experience,” he said. “My greatest joy is knowing that we not only care for the physical needs of our patients, but also give them back their dignity and, most importantly, hope.”
The CDS Foundation honored Dr. Yihsiung Huang with the 2015 Vision Award, honoring outstanding volunteer achievement.
A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Dr. Huang is a CDS member dentist in private practice in Westmont, IL.
Dr. Glenn DeWeirdt nominated him for the award.
"Dr. Huang exemplifies the ideals of altruism, generosity, and professionalism. Dr. DeWeirdt said. “The Chicago Dental Society Foundation Clinic (CDSF Clinic) could not have been established without his enthusiasm, drive, and generous donations of time and money by serving as a regular volunteer and a member of the clinic Board of Managers for many years."
“I came here as a foreign student studying math and I was very fortunate to become a dentist,” Dr. Huang said in accepting the award.
“It is my honor to give back to the community.”
The CDS Foundation Vision Award annually recognizes a dedicated philanthropist and volunteer who generously supports access to care programs and dental education for the underserved in their community; practices the dental profession with integrity, honesty, and truthfulness with commitment to the protection of the public trust; demonstrates altruism in endeavors, meriting the respect of patients, colleagues and the community and leads and inspires others through a high sense of purpose and dedication.
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