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Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Receives a 2009 Gies Award

Arthur A. Dugoni, dean emeritus

March  23, 2009

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Gies Foundation honored Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, dean emeritus of University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, as one of the recipients of the 2009 William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement. Dugoni received his award for Outstanding Achievement — Dental Educator during the 86th ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition on March 14 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., recognizes individuals and organizations for contributions to and support of global oral health and education initiatives. The winners exemplify dedication to the highest standards of vision, innovation and achievement.

"I am deeply humbled and honored to be selected [for this award]," said Dugoni. "Education has been my passion for more than 60 years. It has been a special privilege to be in dental education because educators affect all eternity, as those who are taught teach others."

An exemplary educator, practitioner and leader, Dugoni became dean of Pacific's dental school in 1978 and is one of the most respected figures in the dental profession. He is currently president of the American Dental Association Foundation, the ADA's philanthropic branch; and has served as president of the ADA, the American Association of Dental Schools, the American Board of Orthodontics and the California Dental Association. Dugoni was a member of the Council of the FDI World Dental Federation for nine years and served as treasurer and member of the FDI Executive Committee for six years.

Although Dugoni concluded his deanship at the Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2006, he continues to be involved with the 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 2004, he became 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. He was elected to the prestigious FDI World Dental Federation List of Honour in 1998, which is limited to 30 individuals worldwide. Dugoni has presented more than 1,000 lectures, papers, clinics and essays and is the author of more than 175 published articles.

Category Type: Honors and Awards

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