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. Baldwin Marchack as its 2020 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. Marchack will be acknowledged at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society in Chicago on February 20, 2020.

Baldwin Marchack, DDS

Dr. Baldwin Marchack is a 1971 graduate of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. In 1989 he received his MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, and a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Marchack is a member of the Academy of Prosthodontics, the International College of Prosthodontists and the Academy of Osseointegration, and he is past-president of the American Prosthodontic Society, past-president of the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics, past-president of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and past-president of the International Federation of Esthetic Dentistry. He is a former Examiner for the California State Board of Dental Examiners. Dr. Marchack is an Honorary Member of the American College of Prosthodontists and he is Chair Emeritus of the Editorial Council for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. He serves on the Board of Councilors of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and maintains a private practice in Pasadena, California.

Previous Golden Medallion Award Winners

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 Andy Jakson as its 2020 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 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society in Chicago on February 21, 2020.

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Andy Jakson

Andy Jakson, Founder / Owner of Evolution Dental Science, has been a key opinion leader in the dental industry for over 27 years as an innovator, technician, and lab owner. Jakson’s career has been dedicated to development of manufacturing protocols for minimally invasive treatment modalities such as mini dental implants (MDI), All-on-X restorations, and full-mouth rehabilitation using milled PMMA & zirconia;  most notably, Andy was directly involved in the development of the first digital denture protocols with Avadent Digital Denture as the organization’s Director of Clinical Development. Additionally, Andy has had direct influence in the research, testing, and further development of other digital technologies such as Exocad, Amann Girrbach,  Kulzer, Sterngold, and the Merz-Baltic Denture System.

 Jakson, who immigrated to the USA from Poland in 1979, started his own lab in 1993, after graduating from Erie Community College’s Dental Technician program. Under the guidance of former President of the ACP Dr. Ronald Jarvis DDS, MSD, and along side colleague Lee Culp, CDT, Jakson expanded his crown & bridge laboratory into full-service offerings in implantology, and removable dentistry. Jakson has embodied the name of his companies by continuously finding solutions to every day complications in both clinical, and manufacturing workflows.

 Evolution Dental Science serves as one of the most respected, progressive laboratories in the United States, focusing on the continued advancement of manufacturing workflows. In 2013, Jakson founded Evolve Dentistry, a consulting and distribution company dedicated to providing the top-level technologies available on the marketplace, while also providing the foremost education on advanced manufacturing protocols to early-adopters. His ability to problem-solve complex treatment plans has changed the lives of countless individuals.

 This past year, Jakson founded a non-for-profit called “Rebelove” which focuses on creating employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. 

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

Previous Kenneth D. Rudd Award Winners:

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 16th Annual Graduate Prosthodontic Research Competition, co-sponsored by The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society which will be held on February 25 and 26, 2021, 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. John D. Ball at by November 30, 2020 for consideration. The top three selections will be invited to present at the annual meeting.

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.