American Prosthodontic Society (APS) Awards

Golden Medallion Award | Kenneth D. Rudd Award | Graduate Prosthodontic Research Awards | Excellence in Prosthodontics Award

Golden Medallion Award


The American Prosthodontic Society (APS) has selected Dr. John Beumer III as its 2018 Golden Medallion Awardee. The Golden Medallion Award is issued periodically to individuals whose contributions to prosthodontics have been exceptional. The award is funded by the American Prosthodontic Foundation. Dr. Beumer will be acknowledged at the 90h Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society in Chicago on February 22, 2018.

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John Beumer III, DDS, MS

Dr. John Beumer received his DDS and MS from the University of California, San Francisco. He was part of the UCLA School of Dentistry faculty as the Chairman of Removable Prosthodontics, the Director of the Maxillofacial Prosthetic-Hospital Dentistry Group, the Chairman of the Division of Advanced Prosthodontics, Biomaterials and Hospital Dentistry, as well as a Distinguished Professor. He also served as a visiting professor at FMMU in Xiían, China, and the University of Belgrade. He has given over 300 presentations in 18 countries as an invited lecturer, conducted 12 international symposia on many topics including maxillofacial prosthetics, and authored or co-authored over 150 journal articles, abstracts and book chapters as well as seven books.

Dr. Beumerís previous awards include: Honorary Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Turin (1999), Teacher of the Year from the UCLA School of Dentistry Class of 2002, the Dan Gordon Award from the American College of Prosthodontics (2004) for lifetime achievement in the advancement of the College and the specialty of prosthodontics, the Andrew Ackerman Award from the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics (2005), the Jerome M. and Dorothy Schweitzer Research Award from the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics (2005), the Tjellstrom Award from the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (2009), the Medal of Honor (Alumnus Disctinctissimus) from the University of California, San Francisco Alumni Association (2010), and an honorary doctorate in dentistry from the University Szeged in Hungary (2010).

Previous Golden Medallion Award Winners

Dr. Lee M. Jameson - 2017
Dr. Harold Preiskel - 2016
Dr. Gerald Graser - 2015
Dr. Gary Goldstein - 2014
Dr. Yasumas Akagawa - 2013
Dr. Tomas Albrektsson - 2012
Dr. Thomas Taylor - 2011
Dr. Charles Goodacre - 2010
Dr. John W. McLean - 2009
Dr. George Zarb - 2008
Dr. Howard A. Landesman - 2007
Dr. Peter E. Dawson - 2006

Kenneth D. Rudd Award


The American Prosthodontic Society (APS) has selected Dr. Edward A. McLaren as its 2018 Kenneth D. Rudd Awardee. The award was developed to promote and encourage dental laboratory technicians and support the advancement of dental technology education. The APS, in conjunction with the editorial council of The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, presents this award to a certified dental technician or dentist who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of prosthodontics and dental laboratory communities. McLaren will be guest speaking and acknowledged at the 90th Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society in Chicago on February 22, 2018.

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Dr. Edward A. McLaren

Dr. McLaren is a prosthodontist and master dental ceramist and professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Dentistry. He is also the founder and director of the Advanced Dental Esthetics, Restorative & Biomaterials Program; a three-year Advanced Ceramics and Digital Technology for Technicians program; and a one-year esthetic and restorative fellowship program. Dr. McLaren was formerly professor, founder and director of Post-Graduate Esthetic Dentistry at the UCLA School of Dentistry and the founder and director of the UCLA/LACC Master Dental Ceramist program. Dr. McLaren maintained a private practice limited to prosthodontics and esthetic dentistry in which he did all of his own ceramics during his time at UCLA.

Dr. McLaren is actively involved in many areas of prosthodontic and materials research and has authored or co-authored over 85 articles. He performs ongoing clinical research on various restorative systems. He has presented numerous lectures, hands-on clinics and postgraduate courses on ceramics and esthetics across the nation and internationally. He recently published a book on his ceramic techniques, featuring dental photographic art, entitled The Art of Passion: Ceramics, Teeth, Faces, and Places.

Generous funding of this award is provided by the Editorial Council of The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.

Previous Kenneth D. Rudd Award Winners:

Mr. Dene LeBeau - 2017
Mr. Walter Gebhard - 2016
Mr. Enrico Steger - 2015
Mr. Robert Kreyer, CDT - 2014
Ms. Elizabeth Curran, CDT, RDT - 2013
Mr. Arnold Wohlwend, CDT - 2012
Mr. Vincent V. Alleluia, MDT, CDT, TF - 2011
Mr. Matt Roberts, CDT - 2010
Mr. Willi Geller - 2009
Mr. Roosevelt Davis, MCDT, MS - 2008
Mr. Lee Culp, CDT - 2007
Mr. Robert Berger, CDT - 2006
Mr. Masahiro Kuwata - 2005

Graduate Prosthodontic Research Awards

2018 APS Graduate Prosthodontic Research
  1. Dr. Robert Gazdeck
    "Computed Tomography Analysis of Reconstructed Mandibles with Fibula Free Flaps"
  2. Dr. Ghaith Darwish
    "Improving Polymethyl Methacrylate Resin Using Novel Nano-Ceramic Coating"
  3. Dr. James Lee
    "Mandibular Implant-Supported Fixed Prosthesis: A 30 -Year Success Story"
2017 APS Graduate Prosthodontic Research
  1. Dr. Bryan McLaughlin
    "Comparison of Fit of Dentures Fabricated by Traditional Techniques Versus CAD/CAM Technology"
  2. Dr. Sergio Florencio, Jr., DDS
    "Systemic Evaluation of Fluorescence in CAD/CAM Ceramic Materials"
  3. Dr. Sherif Hosney
    "Radiopacity of Resin Cements Using Digital Radiography"
2016 APS Graduate Prosthodontic Research
  1. Brian Goodacre, DDS
    "Comparison of complete denture base adaptation between CAD/CAM and conventional fabrication techniques"
  2. Craig Sikora, DMD
    "Wear and corrosion at he titanium-zirconia implant abutment interface"
  3. Karnik Shah, BDS
    "De-cementation of monolithic zirconia single implant restoration using ER-YSGG laser"

2015 APS Graduate Prosthodontic Research
  1. Lauren Manning, DDS
    "Experimental evaluation of discoidin domain receptor 2 as an ideal target for development of disease-modifying osteoarthritic drugs"
  2. Natalie Baker, DMD
    "Characterization and biocompatibility of transparent nanotubules on hybrid Ti/ZrO2"
  3. Leandro Carneiro, DDS
    "Novel semi-destructive biomechanical osseointegration test"

Excellence in Prosthodontics Award


We have introduced an Excellence in Prosthodontics Award in conjunction with the Italian Academy of Prosthetic Dentistry. This Award is open to all members in the APS and is powered by Zerodonto (Free Blog of Dentistry: www.zerodonto.com). The contestant may send 2-20 images (JPEG, PNG) and a brief description of the clinical case in English to zerodonto@gmail.com. The Evaluation Committee headed by Christian Coachman will select the best three cases on the basis of the following parameters: initial scenario, final result, grading of difficulty, operative sequence, and documentation. The three selected cases will be highlighted on the web for a week and the winner will be chosen by an online vote. The winner will be awarded an invite to Bologna, Italy in November, and Chicago in February for a 10-minute presentation, along with a $500 prize and two complimentary nights of lodging.