The ADEA Gies Foundation will honor Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) professor Dr. Raul Garcia at the William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement celebration to be held on March 17, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the 2014 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session & Exhibition. Dr. Garcia is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research at GSDM and Co-Director of the Northeast Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities (CREEDD).
The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, PhD, honor individuals and organizations exemplifying dedication to the highest standards of vision, innovation, and achievement in dental education, research, and leadership. For a complete listing of Gies Award winners, visit www.adea.org/ADEAGiesFoundation.
Dr. Garcia’s major research interests are in health services research and oral epidemiology. He is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of oral health disparities and developing interventions to eliminate them. Dr. Garcia is also dedicated to identifying the relationship of oral conditions to systemic disease and health-related quality of life. His research includes longitudinal studies of oral health in diverse populations and the analysis of treatment outcomes. The work has included randomized controlled trials, observational studies, and community-based participatory research. Studies encompass the areas of oral epidemiology, health services research, and health policy.
“Congratulations to Dr. Garcia for being selected for this prestigious award,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter. “His dedication to the elimination of oral health disparities is a model for all oral health care professionals.”
Dr. Garcia holds a Doctor of Dental Medicine, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Periodontology, and a Master of Medical Science in Oral Biology from Harvard University School of Dental Medicine. He has held teaching appointments at the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He has earned numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including the Career Development Award in Health Services Research from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, American Dental Association Meritorious Award in Geriatric Dental Health Care, and NIDR Physician Scientist Award. He has served as the President for the Hispanic Dental Association and the Boston Section of the American Association for Dental Research.