CHICAGO — The American Student Dental Association announced its first-ever recipient of the ASDA Paragon Award. Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, dean emeritus, professor of orthodontic and senior executive of development, University of Pacific Dental School, was presented the Association’s highest honor at the ASDA Annual Session on March 3 in Anaheim, Calif. The ASDA Paragon Award recognizes excellence in advocacy on behalf of students, clinical practice, contributions to the lives of dental students, innovations in progressing dental education and dedication to organized dentistry.
As a guest speaker at many ASDA national meetings, and continuous supporter of programs that build future leaders within organized dentistry, many students have experienced first-hand Dugoni’s passion.
“One of his famous quotes is ‘at Pacific we build people, and along the way they become doctors,’” said Naomi Sever, University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio ’11, ASDA 2010-11 vice president. “He’s a model of excellence and wonderful mentor … the type of person we aspire to become.”
The Paragon Award is not his first professional citation. Dugoni was elected to the prestigious FDI World Dental Federation List of Honour in 1998, which is limited to 30 individuals worldwide, and has been named Dental Alumnus of the Year by four universities: Gonzaga University, University of Washington, University of San Francisco and University of the Pacific. In 2004, he became the first and only person in the United States or Canada to have a dental school named in his honor while holding the position of dean.
Dugoni has held leadership positions in the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association, the American Association of Dental Schools, the World Dental Federation, the American Board of Orthodontics and the California Dental Association.
ASDA is pleased to present him with the inaugural Paragon Award.
The American Student Dental Association is the largest national organization that protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of dental students and predentals. Representing more than 90 percent of all dental students, ASDA introduces members to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy. For more information, visit ASDAnet.org. Connect with ASDA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.