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. Carlo Marinello as its 2019 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. Marinello will be acknowledged and presenting at the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society in Chicago on February 21, 2019.

Carlo Marinello, Prof. Dr. med. dent.

Dr. Marinello is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Basel and former President of the American Prosthodontic Society. He has taught for several prestigious university programs at the University of Basel and University of Gothenburg, as well as the University of Zurich where he served as the Head of Periodontology, Department of Preventive Dentistry, Periodontology and Cariology. He holds a Distinguished Lecturer Award from the American College of Prosthodontics and from the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics. Dr. Marinello earned his dental degree from the University of Zurich and a Master of Science degree from the University of Gothenburg.

Previous Golden Medallion Award Winners

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 Luke Kahng as its 2019 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. Kahng will be acknowledged and presenting at the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society in Chicago on February 21, 2019.

Luke Kahng, CDT

Luke S. Kahng, CDT, has spent 27 years as a dental lab technician. He invented the 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 Chairside Shade Guide System and has extensive expertise in custom shade matching as well as the wax-up technique with biomechanical design of occlusal surfaces. He is the owner and operating director of LSK121 Oral Prosthetics.

Mr. Kahng is a world renowned master ceramist, published author, international lecturer, trainer, and a dental industry innovator with nearly 30 years of experience as one of the most respected dental technicians in the world. He has published over 100 articles in various dental journals since 2005, as well as four books:Smile Selection Book, Anatomy from Nature, The Aesthetic Guide Book, and Replicating Naturalism: Tooth Design.

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

Previous Kenneth D. Rudd Award Winners:

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 15th Annual Graduate Prosthodontic Research Competition, co-sponsored by The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society which will be held on February 20 and 21, 2020, at the Swissotel, 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. John D. Ball at by November 30, 2019 for consideration. The top three selections will be invited to present at the annual meeting.

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.