Gordon J. Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award

The Gordon J. Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award for 2017 was presented to K. William “Buddy” Mopper on Thursday, Feb. 23.
The award was established in 1990 to acknowledge a person who has made many outstanding contributions to the dental profession and the Midwinter Meeting.

Dr. Christensen and CDS President Phillip Fijal made the presentation to Dr. Mopper at the conclusion of one of Dr. Mopper's courses.

"Buddy has been a shining light in the area of conservative dentistry and he has international awards for that," Dr. Christensen told the crowd. "He has been so creative.

"There is nobody who deserves this award more than Buddy Mopper because he is the one who has tried to help us conserve teeth and not just rip them out," Dr. Christensen said. "Every tooth that is partially destroyed doesn't mean an implant, when we can save the natural tooth we are 10 times better off. Natural teeth are still God's gift and Buddy has been the pioneer in this area."

"I must tell you that I am standing here with the icon of dentistry," Dr. Mopper said of Dr. Chistensen in accepting the award. "I am very honored to be in the presence of this man and am especially honored to be given this award. I can't tell you how much this means to me."

Dr. Mopper is a clinician, educator and businessman. He is the owner of the esthetic dentistry company COSMEDENT, and is long-time respected and noted speaker.

He is an internationally renowned lecturer in aesthetic dentistry with an emphasis on composite bonding using direct application techniques. He is a Fellow of the AAED, Founding member and Accredited Fellow of the AACD as well as a Fellow of the American College of Dentistry and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Pictured above are 2017 CDS President Phil Fijal, Buddy Mopper and Gordon Christensen.


George H. Cushing Award

The George Cushing Award for 2017 was presented to Thomas Sullivan during the Chicago Dental Society's 152nd Midwinter Meeting. The Cushing Award recognizes those who raise public awareness about the importance of oral health. The CDS Communications Committee recommends the award winner. Dr. Sullivan was announced as the winner during the meeting Opening Session on Thursday evening, Feb. 23,  with the award being presented by Ingrid Schroetter, the 2017 Chair of the Communications Committee. 

"Today we have the honor of bestowing the award to Tom Sullivan for his dedication and commitment to the dental profession by his exemplary work with the CURE Network events," Dr. Schroetter said. "The CURE Network, which stands for Collaborative Underserved Relief and Education, was created to meet the vital and ever-growing need to bring free medical services to the underinsured and those without insurance in the greater Chicagoland area."
In accepting the award recounted the start of the CDS Foundation Clinic in suburban Wheaton and said it was a great way for dentists to give back to the community.Giving back, he said, is important.

"We are a passionate and a blessed profession; men and women who by the grace of our creator are given a gift, a gift to heal, a gift to eliminate pain and suffering, a gift to restore the spirit inside by creating a smile. So I challenge all of you to never, ever, take that gift for granted and some time in your professional career, pass it on. It is in giving that we receive and it is in healing that we are healed. Thank you so much for this award, and God bless you," Dr. Sullivan said in accepting the honor.

In addition to his work with The CURE Network Dr. Sullivan is a past president of the Illinois State Dental Society, as well as former vice president of the American Dental Association and a regular volunteer with Mission of Mercy events.
The annual award is named for George Cushing, a prominent Chicago dentist in the mid- to late-1800s and a strong advocate for dental health education. He was a respected author of patient education materials, served as CDS president several times and was an early advocate for preventive dentistry.

Pictured above are 2017 CDS President Phil Fijal, Tom Sullivan and Communications Committee Chair Ingrid Schroetter.


CDS Foundation Vision Award

The CDS Foundation Vision Award for 2017 was given to Flavia Lamberghini Thursday, Feb 23.

The award is given as a recognition of outstanding volunteer achievement to someone who is a dedicated philanthropist and volunteer who generously supports access to care programs and dental education for the underserved in the community.

Dr. Lamberghini was presented with the award at the Midwinter Meeting Opening Session.

"I'm very honored and touched to be here," Dr. Lamberghini said as started to tear up while standing next to her two children, Sofia and Martin. "I'm sorry... but my tears of joy. . . thanks for this award, it means the world to me to be recognized by my peers which I think is the highest honor in our profession. I want to say thank you to the Chicago Dental Society and to my mentor Dr. Ron Testa, who nominated me."

She also shared a saying from her childhood.

"Life is service and service is showing and that's what our profession allows us to do, to serve and be kind and enjoy, so thanks for this honor," she said.

Dr. Lamberghini is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry Pediatric Dentist Postgraduate Program and also directs Apple Dental Care, a state-of-the-art pediatric dental clinic located in the Logan Square area.

Dr. Lamberghini, besides her clinical work and teaching, together with her team also provides 
preventative dental care to students of more than 60 CPS schools across the city.

Robin Gathman, the CDS Foundation Communication's Chair, introduced Dr. Lamberghini and described some of the volunteer work that she does that lead to the award.

"This years recipient serves many groups, but as a pediatric dentist she serves children who need a dental home that might not otherwise have one," she said. "Every year she gets involved in more than 20 health fairs and community dental education activities across the city of Chicago to raise awareness and promote oral health."

Pictured are 2017 CDS President Phil Fijal, CDS Foundation Chair Michael Durbin, CDS Foundation Communications Chair Robin Gathman, Flavia Lamberghini and her family.

ADA Health Literacy Essay Contest winner

tran_johnOur final recognition goes to John Tran, a forthcoming member of the profession who is currently a third year dental student attending the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Under the auspices of the American Dental Association and the Council on Access, Advocacy and Prevention, third year dental students participated in a Health Literacy Essay Contest. Recognized for his essay titled, “Thinking about Another Sweet Gulp? Think Again.”

Read the 2017 Health Literacy Essay winning entry