Dr. Samuel F. Dworkin, Class of 1958, has received the American Dental Associationís prestigious Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research. The Ross Award recognizes scientists whose clinical research has had a meaningful impact on diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of craniofacial-oral-dental diseases, as well as outstanding research endeavors in other areas. The award is sponsored by the ADA through the ADA Foundation, with support from Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. Dr. Dworkin is also to receive the Wilbert E. Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award, which will be presented to him in May 2006 by the American Pain Society (APS), the largest national scientific, professional and pain research society in the world. The Fordyce Award recognizes individual excellence and achievements in clinical pain scholarship by a pain professional whose total career achievements have significantly advanced clinical practice.
A Professor Emeritus both of Oral Medicine at the University of Washington (UW)-Health Sciences School of Dentistry and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UW School of Medicine, Dr. Dworkin became interested in behavioral issues surrounding acute dental pain during his 16 years as a general practitioner in Manhattan. He went on to complete a PhD in clinical psychology at NYU with the help of a special fellowship from the NIDCR.
"After I earned my PhD, I decided to get into research and education as a way to give back," says Dr. Dworkin. His work expanded from acute pain to chronic orofacial pain, and his body of work includes extensive research in treating temporomandibular disorders and chronic pain. He spearheaded the development of Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders, which has become the standard diagnostic classification system used in scientific TMD research worldwide.
"All of us at NYUCD extend well-earned congratulations to Dr. Dworkin on these recent recognitions of his extraordinary career," said Dean Alfano. "He is an exemplary clinician, scientist, and alumnus and it is an honor for NYUCD to claim him as one of our own."