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The Chicago Dental Society will present Dr. Steven Perlman, a pediatric dentist and founder of the Special Smiles program, with the George Cushing Award. The award recognizes those who raise public awareness about the importance of oral health. The society will present the award on Thursday, February 26, during the opening session of its Midwinter Meeting, an annual conference that draws more than 30,000 dental professionals to Chicago."Dr. Perlman has dedicated his life to helping those with physical and intellectual disabilities," CDS President Dr. David Kumamoto says. "By teaching dental students and dentists alike about the special dental needs of these patients he has improved the health and well-being of countless lives."Dr. Steven Perlman is an associate clinical professor of pediatric dentistry at the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. In 1993, he founded Special Olympics' Healthy Athletes Special Smiles, an oral health program. It now has more than 170 events each year taking place in every state in the United States and in more than 50 countries. He currently serves as their senior global clinical adviser.Among his many professional commitments, he has served as president of both the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and The Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is the Head Start consultant for the City of Lynn, Massachusetts, The Lynn Community Health Center, and several rehabilitation centers.He is the recipient of the Harold Berk Award from the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and the Manny Album Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Both awards are the highest honors of the organizations recognizing lifetime achievement in the care of people with disabilities. In 2009, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences presented Dr. Perlman with the honorary degree: Doctor of Humane Letters.Dr. Perlman was the first dentist in Massachusetts to receive the Exceptional Physician Award. He is a Distinguished Alumni of The Boston University School of Dental Medicine and the first graduate in the history of the Dental School to also be recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of Boston University.He has been honored with the Access Recognition Award by the American Dental Association and was named Dentist of the Year by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation.Last year, in Shanghai, China, the Special Olympics honored Dr. Perlman with a Lifetime Global Leadership Award in promoting human dignity. Among the 12 individuals so honored were Nelson Mandela, Deng Pu Fang, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams, Yao Ming and Nadia Comaneci.Past recipients of the Cushing Award include former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher; the Shriver Family, for their dedication to the Special Olympics, Special Smiles program; Dr. Burton Edelstein, founder of the Children's Dental Health Project; Dr. Dushanka Kleinman, former deputy director at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; and Dr. Linda Niessen and Ms. Sara Ivey for their television program "Dental Health Minute."The Chicago Dental Society is a membership association of more than 4,000 dentists who live and work in the metro Chicago area. The society advocates for improving oral health care in this country and represents the interests of its members and the public they serve.
A tradition of working for the dental profession. The Chicago Dental Society was organized in 1864 and incorporated in 1878. The objective of the Chicago Dental Society is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry and to represent the intrest of the members of the profession and the public that it serves.
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