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Award Recipients - 2010

Leon Goldman Award

The Leon Goldman Award is presented for clinical excellence. Dr. Goldman was the first physician to report on laser exposure to a vital human tooth. The 2010 recipient is Dr. Shigeyuki Nagai.

Dr. Shigeyuki NagaiDr. Shieyuki Nagai received his DDS from the Osaka Dental University, Japan in 1987 and studied at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine as a Clinical Fellow from1989 to 1992 when he practiced at the Massachusetts Veterans Administration Medical Center in 1990 and the Mass. General Hospital in 1991.

Dr. Nagai’s clinical achievements in excellence include Advanced Proficiency and Educator Status in Nd:YAG, Diode and Er:YAG. He currently serves on the ALD Board of Directors, Certification Committee and International Relations Committee, and is the founder of the Japan Society for Dental Anti-Aging. Dr. Nagai serves as a board member of the Japanese Society for Laser Dentistry, the Japanese Academy of Color for Dentistry, and Asia and Pacific Division of the World Federation for Laser Dentistry (International Society for Lasers in Dentistry). He is a committee member of the Japan Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and Japan Association of Microscopic Dentistry, a vice president and chief instructor of the Japanese chapter of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, an adviser and chief Instructor of the Japan Erbium Dental Laser Academy. He is also a member of International Society for Oral Laser Applications, Japan Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine, and Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry.

Dr. Nagai maintains a full-time practice in Tokyo, Japan, and may be reached by email at NagaiDC@aol.com.

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is presented for outstanding commitment and contribution to the Academy. The 2010 recipient is Dr. Steven Parker.

Dr. Steven ParkerDr. Steven Parker qualified in dental surgery at University College London in 1974. He maintains a private practice since 1977, in Harrogate, United Kingdom. His interest in lasers was prompted by a chance meeting with Dr. Terry Myers in London in 1990. Continued association with Dr. Myers and American Dental Technologies led to Dr. Parker attending and speaking at the inaugural conference of the Academy, in Chicago in 1993. At this meeting, he became a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He returned to the United States in May 1994, successfully passed his Standard Proficiency, and agreed to be the first Chair of International Relations.

Dr. Parker’s uninterrupted length of service to the Academy has spanned over 15 years, and has included attendance at over 50 Academy Board of Directors meetings. He has served as Chair of eight different committees of the Academy between 1995 and 2010, co-editor of the Academy journal between 1999 and 2004 and in 2005 was elected as President - the only individual non-domiciled in the USA and representative of the International outreach of the Academy. In 2005, in Edinburgh Scotland, Dr. Parker hosted the only ALD Board of Directors meeting that has been held outside the USA. Part of Dr. Parker’s commitment to the Academy and his position of representation in certification has led to areas of personal achievement; he gained Advanced Proficiency in four laser wavelengths, between 1995 and 2007. In addition, he was awarded the Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence in Laser Dentistry in 1998, successfully completed the ALD Educators Course at UCSF in 2000 and was accepted as a Master of the Academy in 2008. From 1999 onwards, Dr. Parker has been an ALD Recognized Course Provider.

Dr. Parker may be reached by email at thewholetooth@easynet.co.uk.

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