Dr. Walter C. Guralnick Named 2015 William J. Gies Awardee

Dr. Walter C. Guralnick (DMD41)
Dr. Walter C. Guralnick (DMD41)

December 3, 2014 – Dr. Walter C. Guralnick (DMD41), Professor Emeritus of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), has been named a 2015 William J. Gies Awardee for Outstanding Innovation by a Dental Educator from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).  The Gies Award named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, debuted in 2008 and honors individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership.

“The Gies Awards are our chance to honor the women and men who have dedicated their career to educating students, and to celebrate our partners working to create a new health care norm where oral health is inextricably linked to overall health,” stated Richard W. Valachovic, DMD, MPH, President of the ADEAGies Foundation and President and CEO of ADEA.

In June 2014, HSDM received a Tree of Peace in honor of Dr. Guralnick’s global peace efforts.  Then, in August 2014, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii was dedicated to him.  Dr. Walter C. Guralnick has had a role in numerous activities of Harvard University’s Faculty of Medicine. He was vice-chair of the Faculty Council of Harvard Medical School from 1978 to 1980 and a director of the University’s Associated Harvard Alumni. In 2001, he received the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Guralnick was elected in 1986 to the National Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In that same year, he was also elected to the Royal College of Surgeons of England and in 2005 was awarded the Harvard Medal at the Commencement Program of the University. In addition to these honors, an educational tribute of particular significance was the establishment, in 1993, of the Walter C. Guralnick Chair in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The chair of the HSDM Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the chief of service at Massachusetts General Hospital will, in perpetuity, be named the Guralnick Professor. Dr. Guralnick has had a strong impact on health care policy and effectiveness. He was a founding member, in 1965, of what is currently Delta Dental of Massachusetts, the largest dental insurance organization in the state, and served as its president for ten years. He also served as president of the Massachusetts Dental Society from 1969 to 1970 and chair of the Board of Registration in Dentistry in 1987. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Medical Foundation and chaired its board in 2002, its 50th anniversary year.

The Gies Awards will be presented on Monday, March 9, 2015 in conjunction with the 2015 ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in Boston, MA.  Proctor and Gamble Company serves as the awards’ premier sponsor.  Tickets for the celebration may be purchased online at http://www.adea.org/2015 when registering for the 2015 ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition.

One of the premier schools of dental medicine in the world, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (http://www.hsdm.harvard.edu) educates clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in the profession; boasts core strength in musculoskeletal-disease research; and offers students public health opportunities in local communities and across the globe. HSDM is the only school at Harvard that offers direct patient care, with the Harvard Dental Center welcoming more than 25,000 patients for over 57,000 dental visits every year. In a unique educational model, HSDM students study clinical medicine with Harvard medical students and then pursue additional years of intensive, interdisciplinary clinical science education at HSDM and affiliated sites. HSDM graduates make their marks in prevention, discovery, and practice as they work to improve the health and well-being of local and global populations.