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Humanitarian Award

The American Dental Association annually recognizes a dentist who has distinguished him/herself by outstanding, unselfish leadership and at least a 10-year commitment to their fellow human beings in the field of dentistry, through the dedication of extraordinary time and professional skills to improve the oral health of underserved populations in the United States and abroad. Award nominations are due by September 15 of each year for the following calendar year. Learn more about the award and download the nomination packet.

Read about the last two recipients of this prestigious award:
  • Dr. Sherwin R. Shinn has been selected as the 2013 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient, to be presented with the award during the 2013 ADA Annual Session in New Orleans. Read more about Dr. Shinn's work. 
  • Dr. Ronald Lamb received the 2012 ADA Humanitarian Award during the ADA Annual Session, October 18, in San Francisco. Read more about his Dr. Lamb's work.  

View a video about the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Humanitarian Award recipients.

Certificate for International Volunteer Service

The Committee on International Programs and Development, a standing committee of the American Dental Association’s Board of Trustees believes that the personal effort and dedication of Association members who serve as volunteers in developing countries in order to improve the health of the people merit professional and public appreciation and recognition. Applications are due by April 1 each year for the Certificate for International Volunteer Service. Learn more about the award criteria, download the application and view the list of last year's recipients.