Dentistry Alumni of Distinction Awards 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Three outstanding individuals have been recognized with the 2014 Schulich Dentistry Alumni of Distinction Awards. Congratulations to Theresa Hofstede, DDS’91, Dr. Nii Otu Nartey, and Arthur Worth, DDS’78. 

The Alumni of Distinction awards will be presented at the Dental Alumni of Distinction Awards Reception held on Friday, September 19, 2014 and the 2014 Dean’s Homecoming Gala on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Recipients are invited to attend both events to be recognized by the School, its alumni and the community. Each recipient will receive an elegant Alumni of Distinction Award as a keepsake.

Alumni of Distinction Award  - Theresa Hofstede, DDS’91 
As an oral maxillofacial prosthodontist, Dr. Theresa Hofstede's practice focuses on the highly specialized field of rehabilitation for post-cancer patients. One of only a very few specialists providing this type of service worldwide, Dr. Hofstede has published extensively in this area, written four book chapters and spoken at numerous symposiums. She is also committed to supporting the education of future maxillofacial surgeons, training 45 residents from across the world.

Since her graduation from Schulich Dentistry, Dr. Hofstede's achievements have led her to her current role as Program Director of the Advanced Education Program in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics and Oral Oncology at the world-renowned University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Honorary Alumni of Distinction Award - Nii Otu Nartey
It was thanks to an encounter with Dr. Wes Dunn, that Dr. Nartey attended Western University where he completed his postgraduate training in oral pathology. The story really begins however, when Dr. Nartey returned to his home country Ghana, where he helped to establish a fulsome dentistry program at the University of Ghana Dental School. During his tenure as dean of the School, more than 200 dental surgeons were trained, and the School received the Presidential Award of Innovation and Public Service.

Dr. Nartey was then appointed as the CEO of the Korle-Bu teaching Hospital, Ghana’s premier hospital. Under his leadership, new funds were raised, facilities updated, state-of-the-art equipment purchased and revenues improved. Today he dedicates his time to the development of graduate students and continuing to improve higher education and dentistry in his homeland.

Alumni of Distinction Award - Arthur Worth, DDS’78
Upon graduating from Schulich Dentistry, Dr. Worth quickly established himself as a dentist, researcher and leader.

In addition to maintaining his practice, Dr. Worth served on the Kent County Dental Society Executive, and in numerous roles with the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) including Director, Vice President and President and is credited for updating the entire governance structure during his term as President. He also served on the ODA General Council, chaired the ODA Health Policy and Government Relations Committee, and currently serves as a Political Contact Dentist for the ODA. Throughout his career, he has been honoured with Fellowships in the Academy of Dentistry International, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, The International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists.

To register for this event, click HERE by Friday, September 12, 2014.

More information can be found HERE.