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Award Recipients - 2016

In 2016, ALD honors the following recipients: Dr. Gerald Ross is our recipient of the Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Georgios Romanos is the recipient of the Dr. T.H. Maiman Award for Excellence in Dental Laser Research. Dr. Glenda L. Payas is the recipient of the John G. Sulewski 2016 Distinguished Service Award.

The 2016 Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence

ALD honors Dr. Gerald Ross as the recipient of The Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence.

"I was surprised and extremely honored when I received confirmation that I was to receive the Leon Goldman Award. When I look at the past recipients, they are all members whom I have admired over my 23 years with ALD. I have always enjoyed giving presentations at the various meetings, and along with several other ALD members, it has been my great pleasure to see Photobiomodulation / Low-Level Lasers become an integral part of laser education. Teaching and publishing on Photobiomodulation has been an honor and am I taking pleasure in thinking that through this I have been able to help patients in dental practices throughout the world. On a personal note, I am so pleased to receive this award this year; I recently lost my wife to cancer and throughout my career she has been my biggest supporter. I was thrilled to be able to share the news with her before her passing." - Dr. Gerald Ross

Dr. Ross received his dental degree in 1971 from the University of Toronto and has practiced general dentistry in a small community 45 minutes North of Toronto, Canada. He spends a considerable portion of his time treating facial pain on a referral basis. He acquired his first laser, a dLase Nd:YAG, in 1992, and his first Low Level Laser in 1993. Dr. Ross has been an ALD member since its inception and holds Standard and Advanced proficiency and is an ALD Recognized Course Provider for Standard Proficiency. He teaches hands-on courses on diode lasers but his true passion is Photobiomodulation / Low-Level Lasers. He has published 15 articles, written a guest editorial in Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, and has written chapters for 2 textbooks on Photobiomodulation. He has also given over 200 lectures on Photobiomodulation around the world. In addition to his involvement with ALD, Dr. Ross holds Fellowship status with American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) and is a member and past president of North American Association for Laser Therapy (NAALT). Dr. Ross states: "It has been so much fun finding dentistry and lasers, and it is still fun after 45 years."

2016 Dr. T.H. Maiman Award for Excellence in Dental Laser Research

ALD honors Dr. Georgios Romanos as the recipient of the Dr. T.H. Maiman Award for Excellence in Dental Laser Research.

"It is a great honor and pleasure for me and my family to receive this award for Excellence in Dental Laser Research by the Academy of Laser Dentistry. This recognition establishes a new footprint in my career and gives me a lot of energy and enthusiasm to give more to the young generation and new scientists who are focused on science and technology and the desire to develop and establish an exceptional career. Education and research are milestones for scientific growth and are significant today for using modern technology to simplify methods, which we could not understand years ago. Laser dentistry was always my passion and has been part of my life. I thank the Academy for this recognition and I plan to continue to do my best for the future of laser dentistry." - Dr. Georgios Romanos

Dr. Romanos is a Professor of Periodontology at the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and a Professor of Oral Surgery and Implant Dentistry at the University of Frankfurt, Germany. He is fully trained in Periodontics, Prosthodontics, and Oral Surgery (Germany and New York) and is Board Certified in Oral Surgery and Implant Dentistry in Germany. Dr. Romanos has a Certificate in Periodontology and Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) from the University of Rochester, New York, and is a Diplomate in the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Romanos has been the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Stony Brook University (2012-2014); Professor and Director of Laser Sciences at New York University College of Dentistry (2004-2007); Professor of Clinical Dentistry at the University of Rochester (2007-2012). He maintains his Dental License in the State of New York and in Europe. Dr. Romanos is a Fellow of the Academy of Osseointegration, International College of Dentists, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, International Team for Implantology Foundation, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and the International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics. He is also an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research, Journal of Prosthodontics, Odontology (Associate Editor), Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, Materials, Quintessence International, Compendium, Journal of Periodontology, and the International Journal of Dentistry. He has published more than 350 articles, authored 5 books, and conducted over 700 presentations worldwide.

2016 John G. Sulewski Distinguished Service Award

ALD honors Dr. Glenda Payas as the recipient of the John G. Sulewski Distinguished Service Award.

"I am so honored to receive the John Sulewski Award for Distinguished Service to the Academy of Laser Dentistry. I have a deep respect for John and have been enriched by having him as a friend as well as a colleague. He is a man of integrity and no one better epitomizes service and volunteerism to the purposes of the Academy. John represents the mission, the commitment, and the excellence by which the Academy is known in the dental world. In the 20+ years that I have participated in the Academy, education, research, and training have always been at the forefront of our focus. John certainly has helped to lead the charge, instilling that vision among the membership. To receive this award for service from the Academy is a true compliment. I am proud and humbled to be part of the advanced technology represented through the membership of the ALD." - Dr. Glenda Payas

Dr. Payas maintains a private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been a Kois Clinical Instructor since 1996. As a charter member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, Dr. Payas introduced dental lasers to the state of Oklahoma in 1991. Trained as an expert in several different laser techniques, she holds Advanced Proficiencies in carbon dioxide and Er:YAG lasers and served on the Executive Board of the ALD for 6 years and as its President in 2013. She earned her dental degree from Oral Roberts University where she now serves on the Board of Trustees. Dr. Payas established an ongoing free dental clinic in Benin City, Nigeria, which has grown to two full-time dentists. Her free dental outreach has included 5 nations in West Africa and the Caribbean. Her life is shared with Brad, to whom she has been married for 44 years.

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