ADEAGies Foundation® Celebrates Seven Pioneers in Academic Dentistry and Oral Health


The coveted Education Awards honor the timeless legacy of William J. Gies, Ph.D.

WASHINGTON, October 15, 2021– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Today the ADEAGies Foundation® winners announced from 2022 William J. Gies Award (the Gies Awards) for Vision, Innovation and Achievement. The Gies Awards, named in honor of dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., honor individuals and organizations who exemplify the highest standards in education, research and leadership in oral and dental health.

“The 2022 Gies Fellows provide solutions to a variety of challenges in dental education and oral health, ranging from serving marginalized communities to supporting advanced disciplines,” said Marsha Pyle, DDS, M.Ed., President of the ADEAGies Foundation and ADEA Principal Fellow in Residence. “They advance dental education and elevate the dental professions.”

The seven winners were chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts, including the Board of Directors of the ADEAGies Foundation.

The recipients of the Gies 2022 awards are (in alphabetical order):

AAO Foundation
Gies Award for Achievements – Public or private partner

Patricia Blanton, DDS, Ph.D.
Gies Prize for Vision – Educator

Sylvia Frazier-Bowers, DDS, Ph.D.
Gies Innovation Award – Educator

Jessica A. Rickert, DDS
Gies Award for Achievements – Public or private partner

Leo Rouse, DDS
Gies Award for Achievement – Educator

Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, School of Dentistry
Gies Prize for Vision – Institution

The College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics at the University of Iowa
Gies Award for Achievements – Establishment

The 2022 Gies Awards will be presented on March 21, 2022, in tandem with the ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition 2022.

About the ADEAGies Foundation: As the only philanthropic organization dedicated solely to dental education, the mission of the ADEAGies Foundation is to improve the oral health of the public by funding programs that support innovations in dental education, research, leadership and recognition. To achieve its mission, the Foundation provides grants (over $ 1.8 million to date) and annually organizes the William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement. Building on these successes, the ADEAGies Foundation is committed to increasing funding for innovations within academic dentistry and ensuring that these ideas are disseminated throughout the profession to reach their full potential for change. . Foundation funding will support leadership programs and transformational advancements throughout dental education to improve oral and systemic health.

About William J. Gies, Ph.D. and the Gies Report: William J. Gies was professor of biochemistry at Columbia University and founder of the College of Dentistry at Columbia University. In 1926, funded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Dr Gies published a landmark report which established the importance of dentistry as a science of healing and an essential component of higher education in the health professions. The Gies Report remains the most relevant survey on dental education and critical issues in the field to date.

About ADEA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental education. Our mission is to lead and support the health professional community in preparing oral health professionals ready for the future. Our members include 78 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 800 Allied and advanced dental training programs, more than 50 companies and approximately 18,000 people. Our activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the Journal of Dental Education®, as well as the application services of dental schools ADEA AADSAS®, ADEA PASS®, ADEA DHCAS® and ADEA CAAPID®. For more information visit

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