2013 Daily Review - Day 2: 2013 Cushing Award recipient Fred Margolis

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 2013 Daily Review - Day 2: Cushing Award
By Stephanie Sisk

Fred Margolis brings smiles to Special Olympians

From his earliest days, Fred Margolis connected with children and young people. And as a pediatric dentist for more than 35 years, Dr. Margolis has treated his young patients, and they — as well as the greater dental community — have benefitted from his insights, innovations and good works.

His achievements will be celebrated during the 2013 Midwinter Meeting when Dr. Margolis receives the George H. Cushing Award from the Chicago Dental Society’s Communications Committee. The award annually recognizes individuals who raise public awareness about the importance of oral health.

“Dentists should be open to new ideas and new techniques,” said Dr. Margolis about the mission for dentists. “The learning curve never ends,” he added, citing a phrase coined by a fellow lecturer.

The Highland Park resident holds teaching positions at Loyola University’s Oral Health Center and the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois, as well as many fellowships with national and international dental organizations. He worked in private practice for many years in Buffalo Grove before opening his Highland Park office last year. Dr. Margolis has lectured nationally and internationally, and is director of the Institute for Advanced Dental Education, Ltd.

In 2011, the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity presented him with its Meritorious Service Award, followed by the Humanitarian Award from the Academy of General Dentistry. Many know of Dr. Margolis’ dedication to the Special Olympics, going back 18 years, and its Special Smiles program.

“I enjoy working with children and those with special needs,” Dr. Margolis said. “It’s my way of giving back to the community and helping them to improve their smiles.”

He has touched the lives of many special needs children from the Center on Deafness in Northbrook and Glenkirk Campus, a residential facility for children with developmental disabilities. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Friends of Dental Volunteers for Israel and has volunteered at its children’s dental clinic in Jerusalem. He recently received recognition as a Pillar of the Community from the American Friends of Tel Aviv University.

““When you give back, it comes back to you tenfold,” said Dr. Margolis.

“I’ve known Fred for a long time, and without a doubt he is one of the kindest individuals I’ve known,” said Alice Boghosian, a Communications Committee member. “He’s passionate about his cause yet very humble. He’s a gem.”

Ms. Sisk is Chicago area freelance journalist.