Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Dental Professional Advisory Committee

Awards

Dental Category Awards:

  • Ernest Eugene Buell Dental Award
  • Ruth Lashley USPHS Dental Award
  • Senior Clinician Dental Award
  • Dental Responder of the Year Award
  • John P. Rossetti Dental Mentor of the Year Award
  • Herschel S. Horowitz Oral Health Research and Policy Award
  • Jack D. Robertson Dental Award
  • Surgeon General David Satcher Keynote Lecture Award

ELIGIBILITY

Dental Category Awards are open to all Commissioned Corps and Civil Service dentists in the USPHS who meet award criteria, with the following exceptions:

  1. Members of the DePAC Executive Committee (DePAC Chair, Vice Chair, and Executive Secretary) cannot self-nominate nor accept a nomination for any DePAC award during their Executive Committee tenure.
  2. A moratorium of two years is imposed on previous DePAC award recipient; they must wait a minimum of two full DePAC Award nomination cycles from the year awarded prior to being eligible for another DePAC Award. For example, if the dental officer/general schedule dentist received a dental category award in 2019 (nomination submitted Sept 2018), they are not eligible for the category nomination until 2021 DePAC Award cycle (nomination to be submitted in Sept 2020).

All USPHS Commissioned Corps Officers must meet Basic Readiness requirements at the time of nomination and maintain Basic Readiness throughout the application process, to include the date of receiving the DePAC award.

Nominees must not have a history of adverse or disciplinary actions within the last five years.

DENTAL CATEGORY AWARDS APPLICATION PROCESS

Thank you for taking the time to recognize your employees and co-workers for their accomplishments. Every year the Dental Professional Advisory Committee (DePAC) awards individuals for their accomplishments in the Public Health Service Dental Category. Below you will find a brief description of each award, the necessary documents to complete your nomination and a short description of the process of review. There are changes from last year so please review the instructions.

NOMINATION PACKET REQUIREMENTS

In order to complete your application packet for any of the Dental Category Awards you will need to complete the following items:

  1. Completed award nomination form.
  2. Commissioned Corps Officers submit curriculum vitae (CV) summary sheets.  (Submit CV summary sheets using the standardized two page Dental Category format.  Do not submit entire CV).
  3. Civil Service dentists may also submit an equivalent CV summary sheet to that of the Commissioned Corps curriculum vitae (CV) summary sheets .
  4. A brief (one or two line) endorsement from the nominee's supervisor supporting the nomination.  Supervisor should e-mail CDR Jonathan Chiang (Jonathan.Chiang@ihs.gov) and CDR Rodica Popescu (Rpopescu@southcentralfoundation.com) with endorsement including signature block.
  5. A narrative clearly describing how the nominee meets the specific award criteria.  Please use attached award checklist and template as a guide for writing the award narrative. Preferably, the narrative should be 2 pages and should not exceed 3 pages.  Narratives over 3 pages will not be accepted.  Save documents in the Microsoft Word Document format to ensure they can be opened by all users. Save as "Last Name-Award Name-Narrative2020" (e.g. Smith-SeniorClinicianDentalAward-Narrative2020).
  6. Failure to follow nomination instructions and/or deadlines may result in your nomination not being accepted.

These items should be submitted electronically by Monday, September 16, 2019 to CDR Jonathan Chiang (Jonathan.Chiang@ihs.gov) and CDR Rodica Popescu (Rpopescu@southcentralfoundation.com). For questions e-mail CDR Chiang and CDR Popescu.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROCESS

  1. The Awards Workgroup will review nominations to ensure they meet eligibility requirements.
  2. The Awards Workgroup will forward the nomination packets with identifiers removed to the voting members of the DePAC.
  3. The DePAC voting members will score and rank the nominees based on the award criteria.  Note: DePAC members who are nominated for a category award will be excluded from voting for that particular award.
  4. The Awards Workgroup Co-Chairs will forward the names of the top three nominees for each award to the Chief Dental Officer (CDO) who is the selecting official for all of the Dental Category awards.

Ernest Eugene Buell Dental Award

The Ernest Eugene Buell Award  was established in 1989, in commemoration of the Commissioned Corps Centennial Year. CAPT Buell was the first U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps dental officer. He was commissioned in June 1919 and assigned to the Division of Marine Hospitals and Relief. This award is presented annually to a junior dental officer/dentist (O-4/GS-13 or below) who has made a significant contribution in oral health education, research or service.

The criteria upon which this award is based are:

  1. The nominee must be a Junior USPHS Commissioned Corps Officer or equivalent level General Schedule dentist with less than 5 years of total employment in the PHS at the time of nomination.
  2. Program accomplishment as evidenced by exceptional management of programs traditionally administered by senior level staff or notable achievement in clinical, research, or educational activities.
  3. Career recognition as evidenced by exceptional ratings on annual performance evaluations, awards presented by the USPHS, and awards/recognition by outside dental organizations.
  4. Personal initiative as evidenced by dedication to the principles of the USPHS, participation in outside activities, recognition by community or non-professional groups, and acceptable personal qualities and habits.
  5. Other factors as deemed appropriate by the DePAC, which is the recommending body, and the CDO, who serves as the selecting official.

Eugene Buell Recipients:

  • 2019    LCDR Folasayo Adunola
  • 2018    LCDR Scott Eckhart
  • 2017    LCDR Carol Wong
  • 2016    LCDR Eleanor Fleming
  • 2015    LCDR Abby Shannon
  • 2014    LCDR William Lopez
  • 2013    LCDR Joseph Collins
  • 2013    LT Hyewon Lee
  • 2012    LT Scott Williams
  • 2011    LCDR Vicky Ottmers
  • 2010    LCDR Mahyar Mofidi
  • 2009    LCDR Shani Lewins
  • 2008    LCDR Scott Trapp
  • 2007    LCDR Phillip Woods
  • 2006    LCDR Cristian Morazon
  • 2005    LCDR Lynn Van Pelt
  • 2004    LCDR Robin Scheper
  • 2003    LCDR Kimberly LaFluer-Nigg
  • 2002    LCDR Timothy Ricks
  • 2001    LCDR Douglas Shepherd
  • 2000    LCDR Michael Winkler
  • 1999    LCDR Christopher Callahan
  • 1998    LCDR Deborah Philo-Costello
  • 1997    LCDR Christine Heng
  • 1996    LCDR Adele Taylor
  • 1995    LT Luis Garabis
  • 1994    LCDR Isabel Garcia
  • 1993    LCDR Nancy Reifel
  • 1992    LT Mary Murphy
  • 1991    LCDR Myron Hilton
  • 1990    LCDR Mark Nehring

Ruth Lashley USPHS Dental Award

The Ruth Lashley USPHS Dental Award was established in 2005 by the USPHS Chief Dental Officer and is presented each year to a mid career dentist. The initial award was presented in 2006. CAPT Lashley had a stellar career during her assignment to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The award is named to honor her work as an inspiration to all dentists.

The criteria upon which this award is based are:

  1. The nominee must be a USPHS Dental Officer or equivalent level General Schedule dentist with at least 5 but not yet 15 years (greater than or equal to 5 years but less than 15 years) of total employment in the USPHS at the time of nomination.
  2. Program accomplishment as evidenced by exceptional management of programs traditionally administered by senior level staff and/or notable achievement in clinical, research, or educational activities.
  3. Career recognition as evidenced by exceptional ratings on annual performance evaluations, awards presented by the USPHS, and awards/recognition by outside dental organizations.
  4. Personal initiative as evidenced by dedication to the principles of the USPHS, participation in outside activities, and recognition by community or non-professional groups.
  5. Participation in and/or contribution to the advancement of the USPHS Dental Category and/or oral health issues by direct involvement in public health activities at the local, state, or national levels, such as, but not limited to, working with a local or state health department, dental society, professional dental or public health organization(s), the COA, the DePAC (as a member or participant in a workgroup), etc.
  6. Other factors as deemed appropriate by the DePAC, which serves as the recommending body, and the CDO, who serves as the selecting official

Ruth Lashley Recipients:

  • 2019    CAPT Nixon Roberts
  • 2018    CAPT Vicky Ottmers
  • 2017    CDR Sarah Shoffstall-Cone
  • 2016    CDR Minh Kevin Lee
  • 2015    CDR Sharon Raghubar
  • 2014    CDR Mahyar Mofidi
  • 2013    CDR Angie Roach
  • 2012    CAPT Phillip Woods
  • 2012    CAPT Lynn Van Pelt
  • 2011    CAPT Coleman Palmertree
  • 2010    CAPT Suzanne Saville
  • 2009    CAPT Gary Pannabecker
  • 2009    CAPT William Stenberg
  • 2008    CAPT Renée Joskow
  • 2007    CDR Tim Ricks
  • 2006    CDR Christine Heng

Senior Clinician Dental Award

The Senior Clinician Dental Award was established in 2001 by the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Chief Dental Officer to recognize a senior dental officer/or equivalent level General Schedule dentist who has chosen a clinical career track and excels in clinical skills. The initial award was presented in 2002 and then annually.

The criteria upon which this award is based are:

  1. A senior PHS Commissioned Corps Officer or equivalent General Schedule dentist with 15 or more years of total employment in the USPHS at the time on nomination.
  2. Presently assigned to a billet involving predominately clinical dentistry. The officer may also be involved in administering a clinical program, clinical dental research, or the professional development of peers.
  3. A philosophical commitment to ethical, high quality, appropriate, and cost effective treatment.
  4. Ability to produce results despite difficult or adverse situations whether it is patient load or population, lack of resources, or adverse environment.
  5. Innovation, maximizing efficiency and productivity.
  6. Professional recognition as evidenced by scholastic attainment, official awards, exceptional capability promotions, publications in recognized journals, or professional presentations and recognition by outside dental organizations.
  7. A commitment to continuing dental education focusing on improving skills that enhance clinical dentistry.
  8. Personal initiative demonstrated through sustained performance during an entire career.
  9. Continuous dedication to the principles of the PHS.
  10. Additional significant contributions and attributes recognized by the DePAC that serves as the advisory body to the CDO.
  11. It should be noted that it is not necessary for an officer to meet each stated criteria to be eligible for the Senior Clinician Award.
  12. Other factors as deemed appropriate by the DePAC, which is the recommending body, and the CDO, who serves as the selecting official.

Senior Clinician Recipients:

  • 2019    CAPT Wilnetta Sweeting
  • 2018    CAPT Donald Belcher
  • 2017    CAPT Sandra Aretino
  • 2016    CAPT William Stenberg
  • 2015    CAPT Kathleen O'Connor-Moran
  • 2014    CAPT Kimberly Nigg
  • 2013    CAPT Randolph A. Coffey
  • 2012    CAPT Robert Lloyd
  • 2011    CAPT Michael Korale
  • 2010    CAPT Christine Heng
  • 2009    CAPT George Bird
  • 2008    CAPT Tad Mabry
  • 2007    CAPT Edward Sague
  • 2006    none selected
  • 2005    CAPT David Crain
  • 2004    CAPT Mark Rosenberg
  • 2003    CDR Dan Hickey
  • 2002    CAPT Jerome Alford

Dental Responder of the Year Award

The Dental Responder of the Year Award was established in 2006 by the USPHS Chief Dental Officer to recognize a dentist's impact on emergency preparedness, disaster response, and contributions to local, national or international public health threats.  The initial award was presented in 2006, and then annually.

The criteria upon which this award is based include:

  1. USPHS Dental Officer or equivalent level General Schedule dentist
  2. One time impact on public health preparedness and response
  3. Career contributions to emergency preparedness and/or disaster response
  4. Nominee’s role in deployments and the impact thereof
  5. Training and education applicable to preparedness and response
  6. Publications and presentations in the public area related to preparedness and response
  7. The nominee’s willingness to give credit to the USPHS for deployment activities (i.e., wearing the uniform while deployed, crediting the USPHS in presentations and publications).
  8. Other factors as deemed appropriate by the DePAC, which serves as the recommending body and the CDO, who serves as the selecting official.

Responder of the Year Recipients:

  • 2019    CDR Tara Van Orden
  • 2018    LCDR Ann Truong
  • 2017    LCDR Justin Vos
  • 2016    CAPT Angie Roach
  • 2015    LCDR Scott Williams
  • 2014    LCDR Harold Ironson
  • 2013    CAPT Alan C. Peterson
  • 2012    CAPT Maria-Paz Smith
  • 2011    CAPT Jeff Gaskin
  • 2011    CAPT James Schaeffer
  • 2010    CAPT Angel Rodriguez-Espada
  • 2010    CAPT Arturo Bravo
  • 2009    CAPT Bob Smith
  • 2008    None Selected
  • 2007    CAPT Dean Coppola
  • 2006    CDR Renee Joskow

 

John P. Rossetti Dental Mentor of the Year Award

The John Rossetti Mentor of the Year Award was established in 2012 by the USPHS CDO and the DePAC to recognize outstanding mentors as evidenced by their significant contributions towards enhancing the professional growth and career development of junior Commissioned Corps dental officers or equivalent level General Schedule dentists. The award was created to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of a dental professional serving in an exemplary mentoring role to a less experienced dentist. CAPT Rossetti completed a stellar career in the USPHS, helping many fellow officers and making lasting contributions to public health. CAPT Rossetti will be remembered for his generous nature, willingness to help others, and desire to make the world a better place. Countless PHS officers, state oral health directors, students, and others have benefitted from his insight and guidance. Each year the John P. Rossetti Mentoring Award will be given to a PHS dental officer who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to fellow officers and an ability to help others with their professional performance and careers.

The criteria upon which this award is based are:

  1. The nominee must be a USPHS Dental Officer or equivalent level General Schedule dentist with at least 5 years of total employment in the USPHS at the time of nomination.
  2. Active duty USPHS dental officers (O-4 and above) and civil service dentists (GS-12 and above) are eligible for this award.
  3. The nominee must have served as a mentor within the past 3 years.
  4. Candidates may be nominated by their protégé (junior dental officer being mentored or mentored in the past) or supervisors and colleagues who have personal knowledge of the nominee’s mentoring efforts.
  5. The nomination should consist of a narrative that describes such qualities as, but not limited to the following:
    • sustained commitment to advancing the protégé’s professional growth and career;
    • provides sound counsel on protégé’s professional growth and career development;
    • selflessness in the commitment of time devoted to mentoring;
    • monitors protégé’s progress and offers honest, constructive feedback when needed or sought;
    • creates a supportive environment for the protégé, and
    • connects protégés to the appropriate resources.
    • Specific examples of these and other qualities must be documented.
  6. Other factors as deemed appropriate by the DePAC, which is the recommending body, and the CDO, who serves as the selecting official.

 John P. Rossetti Mentor of the Year Award:

  • 2019    CAPT Renee Joskow
  • 2018    CDR Mary Williard
  • 2017    CAPT Christopher Bennett
  • 2016    CAPT Todd Tovarek
  • 2015    CAPT Lynn Van Pelt
  • 2015    CAPT Gary Pannabecker
  • 2014    CAPT Darla Whitfield
  • 2013    CAPT Coleman O. Palmertree
  • 2012    CAPT Jeff Gaskin

 

Herschel S. Horowitz Oral Health Research and Policy Award

The Herschel S. Horowitz Oral Health Research and Policy Award was established in 2005 by the USPHS CDO as a Dental Category award. CAPT Herschel S. Horowitz, a researcher, educator, and Dental Public Health specialist exemplified dedication and commitment to improving the public's health through research and action. He played a major role in leading and stimulating scientific investigations whose results extended the use of fluoride for professional, public health, and self-care applications. He critically studied the effects of combined preventive measures; and was the first to study cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness in oral health. The Herschel S. Horowitz Oral Health Research and Policy Award will be presented annually to a USPHS Dental Officer(s) or equivalent level General Schedule dentist(s) whose performance contributes to improving the oral health of the public through:

  1. Clinical or basic research (including research in epidemiology, behavioral/social sciences and health care delivery)
  2. The application of research findings to:
    • Development of oral health policy
    • The management/administration of federal programs, including demonstration projects, that have implications for regional, national or global applications of these policies
  3. It is the intention that recognition of accomplishments may alternate among these areas. Given the range of activities and services covered by this award, there may be more than one awardee in a particular year. The first award was presented in 2006, and then annually.

The criteria upon which this award is based are:

  1. The nominee must be a USPHS Dental Officer or equivalent General Schedule dentist, preferably with an MPH, Ph.D. or equivalent degree, is either in the Commissioned Corps or Civil Service, and who has completed 15 or more years of total employment in the PHS at the time of nomination.
  2. Job accomplishment(s) as evidenced by: (a) performance of or participation in outstanding basic, clinical, or behavioral/social science research related to oral health and disease; or (b) the development or implementation of applications for results of such research to health care policy; prevention or clinical care; or administration or management of regional, national, or international programs, including demonstration projects. Outstanding research is based on recognition by relevant scientific communities. The level of accomplishments is considered relative to the length of service.
  3. Career recognition as evidenced by: exceptional ratings on annual performance evaluations, awards presented by the PHS or other federal agencies, exceptional capability promotions, and awards/recognition by outside organizations.
  4. Professional standing as evidenced by: publications in peer-reviewed journals, offices or consultant positions held in professional organizations, mentoring provided and letters of appreciation. NOTE: the criterion of “publications in peer-reviewed journals” is applicable only to those dentists nominated in recognition of oral health research accomplishments.
  5. Personal initiative as evidenced by: dedication to the principles of the PHS, participation in outside activities, and recognition by community or non-professional groups.
  6. Other factors as deemed appropriate by the Dental Professional Advisory Committee (DePAC), which serves as the recommending body, and by the Chief Dental Officer, who serves as the selecting official.

      Herschel Horowitz Recipients:

  • 2019    Dr. Gina Thornton-Evans
  • 2018    CAPT Timothy Ricks
  • 2017    CAPT Christine Heng
  • 2016    CAPT Phillip Woods
  • 2015    CAPT Dean Coppola
  • 2014    CAPT William Stenberg
  • 2013    RADM Isabel Garcia
  • 2012    CAPT Renee Joskow
  • 2011    CAPT Susan Runner
  • 2010    CAPT Bruce Dye
  • 2009    CAPT Rosemary Duffy
  • 2008    CAPT Carolyn Tylenda
  • 2007    CAPT Ruth Monina Klevens
  • 2006    CAPT Bill Kohn
  • 2006    CAPT Mark Nehring

Jack D. Robertson Dental Award

The Jack D. Robertson Award was established in 1982 by the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Chief Dental Officer, in honor of CAPT Robertson, and is presented each year to a senior dental officer/dentist (O-5 or GS-14 and above) whose professional performance best exemplifies the dedication, service, and commitment to the PHS demonstrated by CAPT Robertson during his career.

The criteria upon which this award is based are:

  1. The nominee must be a Senior USPHS Dental Officer or equivalent level General Schedule dentist with 15 or greater years of total employment in the USPHS at the time of nomination. In order to be considered for this award, the candidate must have attained the rank or grade of 0-5/GS-14 at the time of nomination.
  2. Job accomplishment(s) as evidenced by competent management of difficult or complex workloads (e.g., nature and extent of patient treatment contacts or administration of grants); sustained and significant performance levels; and ability to produce results in the face of extreme difficulty. The ability to produce results in the face of extreme difficulty is embodied in an officer’s/dentist’s tenacity despite limited resources. The level of accomplishments is considered relative to the length of service. Clinical billets are considered equivalent, and not subsidiary, to non-clinical billets.
  3. Career recognition as evidenced by exceptional ratings on annual performance evaluations, awards presented by the PHS or other federal agencies, exceptional capability promotions, and awards/recognition by outside dental organization.
  4. Professional standing as evidenced by scholastic attainment, offices or consultant positions held in professional organizations, publications in recognized journals, and letters of appreciation.
  5. Personal initiative as evidenced by dedication to the principles of the USPHS, participation in outside activities, recognition by community or non-professional groups, and acceptable personal qualities and habits.
  6. Other factors as deemed appropriate by the DePAC, which serves as the recommending body, and by the CDO, who serves as the selecting official.

Jack D. Robertson Recipients:

  • 2019    CAPT Bruce Dye
  • 2018    CAPT (ret) Gregory Smith
  • 2017    CAPT Dean Coppola
  • 2016    CAPT Renee Joskow
  • 2015    CAPT Tim Ricks
  • 2014    CAPT Reginald Ballard
  • 2013    CAPT Angel Rodriquez-Espada
  • 2012    CAPT Daniel Hickey
  • 2011    CAPT Lynn Price
  • 2010    Dr. Jay Anderson
  • 2009    CAPT William Bailey
  • 2008    CAPT Isabel Garcia
  • 2007    CAPT Nick Makrides
  • 2006    CAPT Deborah Noyes
  • 2005    CAPT Chris Halliday
  • 2004    CAPT Lee Shackelford
  • 2003    CAPT Shawneequa Harris
  • 2002    CAPT George Chiarchiaro
  • 2001    CAPT John Stahl
  • 2000    CAPT James Lipton
  • 1999    CDR Charles Grim
  • 1998    CAPT Scott Presson
  • 1997    CAPT J. David Erickson
  • 1996    CAPT Eric Broderick
  • 1995    CAPT Tullio Albertini
  • 1994    CAPT William Maas
  • 1993    CAPT Dushanka Kleinman
  • 1992    CAPT Daniel Pinson
  • 1991    CAPT R. Frank Martin
  • 1990    CAPT Gilbert Kunken
  • 1989    CAPT Thomas Louden
  • 1988    CDR Robert Nealon
  • 1987    CDR Stephen Corbin
  • 1986    CAPT C. Michael Beck
  • 1985    CAPT Wallace Smith
  • 1984    CAPT Samuel Kakehashi
  • 1983    CAPT H. Douglas Smole
  • 1982    CAPT William Bock

SG David Satcher Keynote Lecture Award

The Surgeon General (SG) David Satcher Keynote Lecture Award is a United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Dental Category award that was developed as a tribute to SG Satcher for his contributions to the Dental Category upon his departure.  The lecture is delivered annually at the PHS Professional Conference to honor former Surgeon General David Satcher due to his commitment to health promotion and disease prevention and his inclusion of oral health as part of general health and well-being.  It was first presented in 2002.  Lecturers have been:

  • 2019    RADMs (ret): Nick Makrides, Bill Bailey, Chris Halliday, Dushanka Kleinman, Bill Maas, Steve Corbin,
                 Skip Collins, Bob Mecklenburg
  • 2018    RADM (ret) William Bailey
  • 2017    Mr. Stan Brock
  • 2016    Dr. Steven Geiermann
  • 2015    Dr. John Featherstone
  • 2014    Dr. Lynn Mouden
  • 2013    Mr. Ralph Fuccilio - Surgeon General
  • 2012    Ms. Judy Sherman
  • 2011    RADM (ret) Dushanka Kleinman
  • 2010    Dr. W. Chester Douglass
  • 2009    Dr. R. Gary Rozier
  • 2008    Dr. Alice Horowitz
  • 2007    RADM (ret) Skip Collins
  • 2006    Dr. Nick Mosca
  • 2005    Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat
  • 2004    RADM Charles Grim
  • 2003    Dr. Caswell Evans
  • 2002    RADM (ret) George Blue Spruce

 

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