Awards & Recognition

Distinguished Scientist Young Investigator Award

Dr. Donald L. Chi, a board-certified pediatric dentist and associate professor of oral health sciences at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, received the Distinguished Scientist Young Investigator Award from the International Association for Dental Research. His research focuses on understanding and addressing children’s oral health inequalities. Chi was previously awarded the Jerome B. Miller “For the Kids” Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Nemours Child Health Services Research Award from AcademyHealth. In 2013, he was the first dentist to be named a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar. In addition to teaching, Chi stays active in dentistry by treating children in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta communities of Alaska and the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Seattle.

Certificate for International Volunteer Service

Three Northwest dentists were awarded a Certificate for International Volunteer Service from the American Dental Association. Dr. David Spangler of Beaverton, Oregon (pictured at bottom-left) was given the certificate for his volunteer service aboard the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship during a deployment to the Philippines. Retired dentist Dr. Carl Vorhies of Portland, Oregon (pictured at bottom-right) was given the honor for his work on the same ship during its time in Fiji. Dr. Vorhies received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Susan A. Davis of California as well. Dr. Richard Litchfield of Eugene, Oregon (retired) also received a Certificate for International Volunteer Service in 2017. The ADA gives certificates to members who have volunteered in developing countries with the goal of improving the oral and overall health of local citizens.

Dr. Keith R. Larson

Dr. Keith R. Larson of Beaverton, Oregon was selected as Top Dentist of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals. The award acknowledges his outstanding leadership and experience in the field of dental sleep medicine. Larson has been a practicing dentist since 1976 but has limited himself to dental sleep medicine for the past eight years. He focuses on treating sleep apnea and other disorders and enjoys working with people looking for alternatives to CPAP machines. Larson is a graduate of the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry. He’s co-founded the state’s first dental sleep study club. He is a former president of the Oregon Christian Dental Society and the Washington County Dental Society. Larson is a sought-after speaker on topics such as sleep disorders and oral appliance solutions.

Dr. Michele Buda & Dr. Konstantina Angelara

Dr.  Michele Buda and Dr. Konstantina Angelara, both recent graduates from the University of Washington School of Dentistry Graduate Prosthodontics program, took first and third place (respectively) in the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics’ (AAFP) annual Tylman Research Awards competition. Dr. Buda submitted a paper called “Accuracy of 3D CAM manufactured single-tooth implant master casts.” Dr. Angelara’s study was titled “Comparison of strength of milled and conventionally processed PMMA full arch implant immediate provisional fixed dental prostheses.” Winners receive cash awards and travel costs to attend a poster presentation at AAFP’s annual meeting. The award is sponsored by the editorial council of The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.