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22 March, 2012

Faculty of Dental Medicine dean receives top award for his contributions

Award winner Prof. Adam Stabholz
Award winner Prof. Adam Stabholz

Prof. Adam Stabholz, Dean of The Hadassah School of Dental Medicine at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has been awarded the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, the world’s oldest international dental organization.

The award recognizes individuals or organizations that make outstanding contributions to dentistry or its allied professions. First awarded in 1935, the award’s past recipients include Albert Einstein, Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin, the Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization and the Israeli Medical Corps.

“The impact Dr. Stabholz has had on dental education in Israel and the Middle East as well as his vision for using oral health to be a bridge to peace between peoples cannot be overestimated,” said Michael Spektor, president of Alpha Omega International. “His acumen and ability have helped make Hadassah a world class dental institution.”

As a recent graduate of The Hebrew University’s Hadassah School of Dental Medicine in 1974, Prof. Stabholz was selected to participate in a special program at the University of Pennsylvania, training as an endodontic specialist with the goal of returning to the Hebrew University to teach that specialty.

Prof. Stabholz became a leader in his field, was eventually named president of the International Federation of Endodontic Associations, an umbrella organization of endodontic societies in twenty-eight countries, and is the former chairman of the Scientific Council of the Israel Dental Association.

The first chairman of the Endodontic Department at The Hebrew University’s Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, Prof. Stabholz was appointed Dean in 1993 and is the longest serving dean in the history of Hebrew University.

Prof. Stabholz’s work as an educator extended beyond the walls of The Hebrew University. Under the auspices of the D. Walter Cohen Middle East Center of Dental Education, he helped facilitate continuing dental education courses for Turkish, Cypriot, Jordanian and Palestinian dentists. He also fostered a relationship with Al Quds University’s Faculty of Dentistry, resulting in the Middle East Symposium on Dental Medicine that brought together Israeli and Palestinian dental students.

The Hadassah Medical Organization, The Hebrew University and The Alpha Omega Fraternity established The Hadassah School of Dental Medicine at The Hebrew University jointly in 1953. It is Israel’s first dental school and remains the nation’s foremost center for dental education.

Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity is a 107-year-old international dental organization that embraces the pillars of professionalism, fraternalism and commitment to Judaic values. Started by a group of dental students from Baltimore, Maryland who originally joined together to fight discrimination in dental schools, Alpha Omega represents over 4,000 active dentists and dental students worldwide, with chapters and members in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Israel, South Africa and Australia/New Zealand. Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, Alpha Omega devotes much of its energy and time to global dental philanthropy in addition to leadership training, education and mentoring.

 

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