Dean Bruce Donoff Receives 2014 Shils-Meskin Award for Leadership in the Dental Profession

R. Bruce Donoff, Dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), received the 2014 Shils-Meskin Award at a reception on October 29, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pa.  The award symbolizes Dr. Donoff’s over 45 years of leadership in the dental profession as well as his efforts to showcase the importance of integrating oral health and primary care.

“The Shils Fund Annual Awards ceremony gives us a chance to spotlight the outstanding innovators and contributors in the field of dentistry,” stated Steven W. Kess, President of the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund Board of Directors and President, Henry Schein, Inc.

Dr. Donoff received his DMD from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1967 and his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1973. Dr. Donoff’s professional career has centered on Harvard’s Faculty of Medicine and the Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He began as an intern in 1967 and has served in the department since that time, becoming chair and chief of service in 1983. In 1991, Dr. Donoff was named Dean of HSDM, a post that he continues to hold. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Donoff has made major contributions in research to the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery and is currently president of the Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. He is editor of the MGH Manual of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Massachusetts Dental Society Journal.

The Shils-Meskin Award is named after two pioneers in the field of dentistry, Dr. Edward B. Shils and Dr. Lawrence Meskin.  Dr. Shils served as the Executive Director of the Dental Manufacturers of America and the Dental Dealers of America for almost 50 years.  Due to his stewardship, scholarship and encouragement of innovative business practices in dentistry, the dental industry established the Dr. Edward B. Shills Entrepreneurial Education Fund to recognize those whose contributions reflect a similarly enduring commitment to innovation.  Dr. Lawrence H. Meskin served as editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association throughout the 1990s and served as dean of the University of Colorado School of Dentistry.

One of the premier schools of dental medicine in the world, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine ( 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.