Dr. Gordon J. Christensen, Founder and Director of Practical Clinical Courses (PCC).
Dr. Gordon J. Christensen, Founder and Director of Practical Clinical
Courses (PCC), an international continuing education organization
for dental professionals, has been selected as the third recipient
of the Irwin Smigel Prize in Aesthetic Dentistry. Nationally and
internationally renowned as one of the all-time great teachers of
aesthetic dentistry, Dr. Christensen has presented over 40,000
hours of continuing education courses, produced hundreds of multimedia
dental presentations, and written hundreds of articles and several books.
The Smigel Prize was presented to Dr. Christensen at a dinner on
June 9. The next day he presented the 2005 Smigel Prize Lecture,
"The Christensen Bottom Line," at the Rosenthal Institute
for Aesthetic Dentistry at NYU.
NYU College of Dentistry established the Smigel Prize in 2000 to
recognize the pioneering achievements in aesthetic dentistry of
Dr. Irwin Smigel, a graduate of the NYU College of Dentistry and
the Founder and President of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics,
and to honor significant contributions to the field by others throughout
The Smigel Prize carries with it a $5,000 stipend and an award designed
by Calvin Klein. Previous recipients of the Smigel Prize have been
Dr. Ronald E. Goldstein, President of the American Academy of Esthetic
Dentistry and a past president of the International Federation of
Esthetic Dentistry, and Dr. K. William (Buddy) Mopper, Cofounder
and Chairman of Cosmedent, Inc.
"Gordon Christensen's selection to receive the Smigel Prize
is a fitting tribute to the pivotal role that he has played in advancing
aesthetic dentistry education," said Dean Alfano. "His
devotion to innovation in continuing education has inspired countless
dentists in the pursuit of excellence."