BDA celebrates contributions to dentistry

Thirteen individuals who have made outstanding contributions to dentistry have been honoured by the British Dental Association (BDA) in the organisation’s 2012 Honours and Awards it has been announced this week.

BDA Fellowship, which is awarded in recognition of outstanding and distinguished service to the BDA and the dental profession, has been conferred on three individuals: Dr Mike Arthur, a general dental practitioner in Lanarkshire and former chair of the BDA’s Scottish Council; Dr Lester Ellman, a general dental practitioner and former chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC); and Dr Raj Joshi, a consultant in restorative dentistry who has represented hospital dentists at a national level for many years and served as both chairman and President of the South Yorkshire Branch.

BDA Life Membership was conferred on three individuals: Dr John Mooney, the current chair and former President of the BDA’s East Lancashire Cheshire Branch who has served as a vice chair of GDPC and member of the BDA’s executive board; Mr Jackie Morrison who has served both the BDA’s Community Dental Services Group and its west of Scotland Branch in roles including President; and former consultant in Dental Public Health Dr Richard Ward, a former chair of the BDA’s Central Committee for Community Dental Services (now Salaried Dentists Committee).

Three individuals’ names will be entered on the BDA’s Roll of Distinction: British Dental Trade Association executive director Tony Reed, Emeritus Professor Phillip Sutcliffe and BDA Director Linda Wallace.

Dr Malcolm Heath of the BDA’s Eastern Counties Branch, and Dr John Herrick, who has played a leading role on the BDA’s Scottish Salaried Services Committee, have been awarded the BDA’s Certificate of Merit for Services to the Association. Dr David Croser, Communications Manager for Dental Protection and a leading figure in the campaign to allow dentists living with HIV to practise, and Dr Mervyn Druian, a leading figure in the BDA’s Metropolitan Branch, have been awarded the BDA’s Certificate of Merit for Services to the Profession.

BDA President Dr Frank Holloway said: ‘The BDA is extremely proud to be honouring these 13 individuals, whose outstanding commitment and professionalism have illuminated dentistry. Each has served the dental family and the patients it treats with dedication and distinction. The dental profession can be proud that it counts amongst its ranks so many individuals of such calibre.’

A ceremony to present the winners with their awards will be held in London in November.

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