Fellowship in the Academy is an honor bestowed upon dentists who have distinguished themselves in their profession and who were nominated for the award by an active Fellow of the Academy.
The Academy of Dentistry International is an honor society for dentists dedicated to sharing knowledge through continuing education in order to elevate the standard of dental care, better serve the dental health needs and improve the quality of life throughout the world. By the support and sponsorship of special educational and service projects, the Academy directly contributes to the improvement of oral health and to the well being of people worldwide. In addition, the Academy is involved in humanitarian projects around the world and through its Foundation provides grants and funds for education, patient care, professional improvement and other avenues, which promote the advancement of the dental profession and human welfare. Dr. Shimizu has been to Tunisia 12 times on charity cleft lip and palate surgery missions since 2001 and has helped develop cleft lip and palate surgery care in Tunisia. This year, he will return to Viet Nam (where he went for a cleft surgery mission in 1999) with fellow surgeons from Canada and Japan.
The Academy inducted 23 new fellows from Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, and the United States into its Honors Class at a Convocation Ceremony carried out during its meeting. Currently the academy has members in 88 different countries around the world. This year new Fellows have been inducted in convocations held in Tehran, Iran; Quezon, Philippines; Cologne, Germany; Brisbane, Australia; Santiago, Chile; Chia, Italy; and Bangkok, Thailand. The Academy is celebrating its 41st year of serving mankind around. Learn more about ADI at ww.adint.org.
Dr. Shimizu graduated from the University of British Columbia with his dental degree (D.M.D.) in 1989. Following dental school, he went to Vancouver General Hospital for a General Practice Residency Program in Hospital Dentistry. He then practiced general dentistry in Vancouver for 3 years before going to Dalhousie University for residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He obtained his M.Sc. in Oral and Maxillofacial Sciences and his medical degree (M.D.) from Dalhousie Medical School. He stayed on as a fellow for an additional year to get further training in cleft lip and palate surgery under the tutelage of Professor David Precious. Since then, he has worked as an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon at London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Care London, and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. He teaches in the undergraduate oral surgery program in dentistry, the General Practice Residency Program in Hospital Dentistry, as well as the graduate programs in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, and Anatomy.