January 02, 2008
The San Mateo County Dental Society presented Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, dean emeritus, with its President's Award. Dugoni accepted the honor during the organization's annual gala fundraiser on Dec. 7.
Dr. Tiffany Leung, SMCDS immediate past-president and dental school alumna, selected Dugoni for the award based on his dedication to mentoring and inspiring countless dental professionals throughout his five decades as an educator.
"Dr. Dugoni's impact on dental education has been tremendous," Leung said. "As a graduate of Pacific, I had the benefit of being exposed to the humanistic model of education under Dr. Dugoni's leadership. That experience improved my ability as a practitioner and has given me the tools to succeed in other aspects of my life as well."
One of the most respected figures in the dental profession, Dugoni is currently president of the American Dental Association Foundation and has served as president of the ADA, the American Association of Dental Schools, the American Board of Orthodontics and the California Dental Association. Although Dugoni concluded his deanship in 2006, he continues to be involved with the dental school and the university as dean emeritus, professor of orthodontics and senior executive for development.
Throughout his career, Dugoni has received numerous awards and citations. In 2007, Louisiana State University awarded Dugoni its first-ever honorary doctorate of dental surgery degree. He also has the distinction of being the first and only person in the United States or Canada to have a dental school named in his honor while holding the position of dean. Dugoni has presented more than 900 lectures, papers, clinics and essays and is the author of more than 160 published articles.
Category Type: Alumni, Honors and Awards
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