Dental Medicine: Five Teaching Awards

Five members of the School of Dental Medicine faculty were honored for teaching excellence in April's Alumni Faculty Senior Day dinner.

DeRevere Award: Two members of the restorative dentistry department, Dr. Bal Goyal, associate professor of restorative dentistry, and Dr. Nathan Kobrin, clinical assistant professor of restorative dentistry, both received the Robert E. DeRevere Award, presented for excellence in pre-clinical teaching by a part-time faculty member. Given annually since 1982, this award is named for a 1945 dental alumnus who, in addition to teaching, managed dental services at Children's Heart Hospital of Philadelphia and Philadelphia General Hospital.
   Dr. Goyal, who joined the restorative dentistry department in 1975, will soon celebrate 25 years with the School and has been recognized by the students nearly every year. "It is a pleasure to teach at the Dental School," says Dr. Goyal. "And this year's class has been particularly hard working."

   Dr. Kobrin received his third consecutive DeRevere Award. "I'm again very proud to receive it and thankful to the students," says Dr. Kobrin. He has been teaching at the SDM for six years and has held his current position as a clinical assistant professor for two years.

 Appleton Award: Dr. Nasrin Sadat-Larijani, assistant professor of clinical education in restorative dentistry, won the Joseph L.T. Appleton Award, which honors part-time faculty for excellence in clinical teaching. The award is named for a 1914 alumnus who was Dean of the School from 1941 to 1951. Dr. Sadat-Larijani has been on the faculty since 1992.  

   Hoyt Award: Dr. Scott DeRossi, in his first year as assistant professor of oral medicine, was given the Earle Bank Hoyt award, presented each year to an alumnus who is a full-time junior clinical faculty member. The award was set up by a grateful patient to honor the dedication and teaching excellence of the 1918 alumnus who was a distinguished clinician and educator. Dr. DeRossi is a 1995 graduate who also completed the School's post-graduate program in oral medicine. He teaches in the Oral Diagnosis Clinic and is initiating a research program on the relationship of headache to temporomandibular disorder and oral contact allergy.

 Basic Science Award: The award that recognizes excellence in the teaching of basic science went to Dr. Elliot Hersh, associate professor of oral surgery and pharmacology and director of pharmacology and therapeutics. A member of the faculty for ten years, Dr. Hersh has received this award a total of six times-this year as well as in 1996, 1994, 1993, 1992 and 1990. In 1993, he was also the recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Among his many professional activities, Dr. Hersh is chairman of one of the University's Task Force III of the Committee on Studies Involving Human Beings. He is also immediate past president of the Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutic Section of the International Association of Dental Research.  

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 32, May 11, 1999


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