Nominations for 2024 Humanitarian Award due Sept. 1

Award one of ADA’s highest honors


The deadline to nominate someone for the 2024 ADA Humanitarian Award is Sept. 1.

The recognition is open to member dentists who have distinguished themselves by giving a minimum of 10 years to improving the oral health of underserved populations stateside.

The award includes a $10,000 gift to the dental charity or project of the recipient's choice. The ADA typically recognizes the award recipient at the ADA's annual meeting.

Anyone may nominate any active, life or retired ADA member in good standing by submitting a nomination for consideration by the Board of Trustees.

The nomination page, an ADA Foundation site, requires the nominator to create an account first.

Nominations received after the Sept. 1 deadline will be placed on file along with the required documentation for consideration the following year. A nominator is limited to one Humanitarian Award nomination per year.

Criteria for the award includes:

  • Contributing significantly to alleviating human suffering and improving the quality of life and oral health of individuals in the U.S.
  • Demonstrating significant leadership and outstanding humanitarian volunteer accomplishments that bring honor to the profession.
  • Serving as an inspiration to the dental profession, colleagues and those treated.
  • Showing through the scope of work undertaken a commitment to humanity and selflessness without regard to direct personal or organizational gain or profit.
  • Establishing a legacy and/or sustainable program that is of ongoing value and benefit to others.

Bill Milner, D.D.S., is the 2023 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient.

Previous award recipients include Jeffrey B. Dalin, D.D.S, in 2022, and Theresa Cheng, D.D.S., in 2021.

For more information contact the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention at



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