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UIC Alumnus Honored by American Association

UIC Alumnus Honored by American Association

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The American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) selected Lewis N. Lampiris, DDS, (MPH ’97), to receive its highest and most prestigious honor, the Distinguished Service Award. The award, which recognizes excellent and significant contributions to dental public health, was presented during the 2013 National Oral Health Conference held in April in Huntsville, Alabama.

Dr. Lampiris has an impressive record of service in the field of public health dentistry.  He served as director of the American Dental Association’s Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations from August, 2006 until September, 2012. During his tenure, he helped establish ADA’s first Public Health Advisory Committee, National Elder Care Advisory Committee, National Health Literacy in Dentistry Advisory Committee, and Medicaid Provider Advisory Committee to advocate for oral health. In 2010, the ADA awarded him a Presidential Citation. Prior to that, he was chief of the Division of Oral Health, Illinois Department of Public Health for nine years, organizing a statewide Oral Health Summit that resulted in the first statewide oral health plan and establishment of Illinois’s first oral health coalition. He has also has been dental program director for the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center, a general dentist in private practice in Chicago, and a dental officer in the U.S. Army Dental Corps.

“Since becoming Dean of UIC SPH in 2008, I have been proud of the many accomplishments our alumni have achieved,” says Paul Brandt-Rauf. “Dr. Lampiris is using his public health education to make our world a better place and I congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition.”

Dr. Lampiris received a DDS from Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dental Medicine in 1977 and an MPH from the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1997. He served as the president of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors from 2004 to 2006 and received that organization’s 2007 Distinguished Service Award. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the Institute of Medicine Chicago, and the Mid-America Public Health Leadership Institute. He has served on many expert panels and advisory committees, including ones for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and University of Illinois at Chicago Health Research and Policy Centers. He speaks frequently on dental public health issues and writes about oral health research, policy, and practice for professional and lay publications.

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