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. Gerry Chiche as its 2025 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. Chiche will be acknowledged at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society in Chicago February 19-21, 2025.


Biography- Dr. Chiche is presently Clinical and Emeritus Professor at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and he has lectured in Esthetic Dentistry nationally and internationally in 35 countries. He is the author of two textbooks in Esthetic Dentistry published by Quintessence Publishing Co.: “Esthetics of Anterior Fixed Restorations” with Alain Pinault, and “Smile Design” with Hitoshi Aoshima. He became in 2009 the first recipient of the Endowed Chair sponsored by the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society during his tenure as Director of the Center of Esthetics and Implants at Augusta University. Finally, he is the 2020 recipient of the Icon Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dentistry of the Seattle Study Club.

Esthetic Full-Mouth Rehabilitations: A 45-Year Perspective

This presentation will outline the simultaneous management of the most relevant esthetic and risk factors in a step-by-step method to maximize the success of esthetic full-mouth rehabilitations. A long-term perspective on interdisciplinary esthetic planning and its impact on gingival management, and the most decisive criteria for VDO decision will be discussed along with ceramics material selection. The final materials decision will be analyzed on the basis of esthetics rendition and strength properties according to the state of attrition, the severity of the malocclusion, and the cause of tooth wear.

Previous Golden Medallion Award Winners
Dr. John Kois - 2024
Dr. Frank M. Spear - 2023
Dr. Salvatore Esposito - 2022
Dr. Baldwin Marchack - 2020
Dr. Carlo Marinello - 2019
Dr. John Beumer - 2018
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 Christian Coachman, as its 2025 Kenneth D. Rudd Awardee. The award was developed to promote and encourage dental laboratory technicians and support the advancement of dental technology education. 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. He will be acknowledged and presenting at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society in Chicago on February 19-21, 2025.


Biography: Combining his advanced skills, experience and technology solutions, Christian Coachman pioneered the Digital Smile Design methodology and founded Digital Smile Design company (DSD).  He is the developer of worldwide well-known concepts such as the Digital Smile Design, the Pink Hybrid Implant Restoration, the Digital Planning Center, Emotional Dentistry, Interdisciplinary Treatment Simulation and Digital Smile Donator.  He regularly consults for dental industry companies, developing products, implementing concepts and marketing strategies.  He has lectured and published internationally in the fields of esthetic and digital dentistry, dental photography, oral rehabilitation, dental ceramics, implants and communication strategies and marketing in Dentistry.

Dentist-Lab Synergy in the Digital Era

The technological disruption in dentistry is transforming the role of technicians and placing labs in the center of this revolution. There is no digital dentist, there are digital teams. Modern Dentistry is a Team Sport, and the players are digitally connected. This lecture will focus on pragmatic and realistic systems to improve the, so important, communication between the dentist and the technician to create more precise, predictable and natural outcomes.

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

Previous Kenneth D. Rudd Award Winners:
Mr. Nondas Vlachopoulos - 2024
Mr. Michel Magne - 2023
Mr. Vincent Fehmer - 2022
Mr. Andy Jakson - 2020
Mr. Luke S. Kahng - 2019
Dr. Edward A. McLaren - 2018
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

The American Prosthodontic Society (APS) will hold its 18th Annual Graduate Prosthodontic Research Competition, co-sponsored by The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, at the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society which will be held on February 22 and 23, 2024, at the Swissotel in Chicago, Illinois.

Prosthodontic graduate students nationally and internationally are encouraged to participate. Applicants need not be APS Members, however we do invite and encourage membership. Oral presentations of 10 minutes in length can range from a topic of original research to a clinical/technique paper to a literature review. It is the intent of this program for the candidates to submit a manuscript to The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry following the competition. Monetary prizes will be awarded for the three best presentations.

Abstracts must be submitted to Dr. Sergio Florencio at by November 30, 2023 for consideration. The top three selections will be invited to present at the annual meeting.

2024 APS Graduate Prosthodontic Research Awards
  1. Dr. Weiqing Liu
    "The Effects of Anodization and Instrumentation on Titanium Surface Characteristics and Biofilm Formation"
  2. Dr. Amr Abouzeid
    "Comparison of Surface Roughness and Bacterial Colonization of Recently used Dental Ceramics"
  3. Dr. Andrea Tantengco Hernandez
    "Comparative Assessment o Accuracy of Three Digital Segmentation Protocols Derived from Cone Beam Computed Tomography"
2023 APS Graduate Prosthodontic Research Awards
  1. Dr. Sieu Yien (Ashley) Chiam
    "Retention Force of Titanium Copings to Implant-Supported Fixed Dental Prostheses"
  2. Dr. Jun Soo Shin
    "Clinical Outcomes of Complete-Arch Fixed Prostheses Supported by Three Implants: A Systematized Review and Meta-Analysis"
  3. Dr. Anvita Maharishi
    "Retrospective Clinical Study for a Comprehensive Assessment of Soft Tissue Esthetics"
2022 APS Graduate Prosthodontic Research Awards
  1. Dr. Abdullah Alnasser
    "Evaluation of Various Implant Abutment Screw Torqueing Protocols on Reverse Torque Values: An In-Vitro Analysis"
  2. Dr. Jennifer Jacobson
    "Susceptibility to Stain of Aged Denture Base Acrylic Resins"
  3. Dr. Apurwa Shukla 
    "Exploring the Degradation of Dental Implant-Abutment Interface: The Role of Fretting-Corrosion"
2020 APS Graduate Prosthodontic Research Awards
  1. Dr. Anvita Maharishi
    "Light Transmission and Wear of Translucent Zirconia After Conventional and Fast Sintering Cycle"
  2. Dr. Davide Romeo
    "Accuracy of Intra-Oral Scanner Compared to Lab Scanner in Full-Arch Implant Prosthesis"
  3. Dr. David Remiszewski
    "Decontamination Protocols: Conventional and 3D Printed Surgical Guides In Dental Implant Surgery"
2019 APS Graduate Prosthodontic Research Awards
  1. Dr. Pooya Soltanzadeh
    "An Invitro Investigation of Accuracy and Fit of Conventional and CAD/CAM Removable Partial Denture Frameworks"
  2. Dr. Anvita Maharishi
    "Effect of Surface Treatment on Biaxial Flexure Strength of 4 mol% and 5 mol% Ytrria Containing Translucent Zirconia"
  3. Dr. Shivani Karre
    "Complications Associated with Maxillary and Mandibular Fixed Complete Arch Prostheses Based on Implant Distribution"
2018 APS Graduate Prosthodontic Research Awards
  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 Awards
  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 Awards
  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 Awards
  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: The contestant may send 2-20 images (JPEG, PNG) and a brief description of the clinical case in English to 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.

Student of Merit Award

The APS offers a special award to the graduating Senior Dental Student who, during the year, has demonstrated the highest level of clinical proficiency and greatest interest in prosthodontic dentistry. The APS Student of Merit Award will include a certificate from the Society and a letter of congratulations. To be involved with this program, Program Directors may fill out the Student Award of Merit form including the name of the student and the date of your awards/commencement ceremony. Forms should be returned to our office prior to April 22. One award per University per year. Please include any specific stipulations for awarding commencement prizes to students of your University.


Webinar Awards
2021 Celebrating Young Clinicians- September 25, 2021

1. Nuha Alkaff 
Marginal Fit and Internal Adaptation of Monolithic Zirconia 3-Unit Fixed Dental Prostheses: In-Vitro Study
2. Anibal Hernandez
Evaluation of the Interface of Glass Ionomer Cement Using Two Acid Etching Agents: An In Vitro Study
3. Kharinta Darmawan
Injection of Botolinum Toxin Type-A for Sleep Bruxism: A Literature Review


1. Dimitrios Tsitsimelis
Clinical Application of Custom Alveolar Ridge Splitting Technique for Implant Supported Overdenture of Atrophic Mandible
2. Natacha Reis
Use of a Prosthetic Appliance to Reduce Hypertrophic Lingual Soft Tissue in a Mandibular Overdenture Case
3. Buddhapoom Wangsrimongkol
New Implant Abutment Design for Vertical Orthodontic Movement: A Case Report


1. Leonor Limão Oliveira
Prosthetically Oriented Implant Placement Lateral to IAN? A Robotic Assisted Surgical Approach
2. Tanatorn Asvaplungprohm
Considerations for Temporary Abutment Designs for implant supported Provisional Restorations
3. Ludovic de Carle
Robotic Assisted Implant Surgery - A Discussion of Various Off Label Clinical Uses and Advantages