ADA honors leaders in evidence-based dentistry for their contributions

EBD Faculty and Practice Awards recognize achievements in research, practice, education

Dave Preble, D.D.S., J.D., and Raymond A. Cohlmia, D.D.S., of the ADA congratulate Kadambari Rawal, B.D.S., and Tamanna Tiwari, B.D.S.
Dr. Tinanoff

Orlando, Fla. — The American Dental Association and American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research have awarded the Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty and Practice Awards to three recipients who have made significant contributions to implement and advance evidence-based dentistry.

This year’s winners are Norman Tinanoff, D.D.S., recipient of the EBD Accomplished Faculty Award; Tamanna Tiwari, B.D.S., recipient of the EBD Mid-Career Faculty Award; and Kadambari Rawal, B.D.S., recipient of the EBD Practice Award. They were recognized Oct. 5 during the ADA Science & Research Institute’s Science Social at SmileCon in Orlando, Florida.

The EBD Faculty and Practice Awards honor dental educators and clinicians for their contributions to evidence-based dentistry in research, practice or education. The awards are supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Colgate.

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EBD Accomplished Faculty Award

Dr. Tinanoff is a professor in the department of orthodontics and pediatric dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Over the span of his 45-year academic career, he has authored or co-authored more than 200 clinical publications, primarily on fluoride mechanisms, antimicrobials, caries risk factors, early childhood caries and dental caries management. His current interests center on preventing dental caries, providing oral health access for underserved pediatric populations and developing clinical policies and guidelines for the ADA, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and International Association of Paediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Tinanoff served on the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Council on Clinical Affairs for 14 years, where he was a lead author on 12 oral health policies or best practices. Recently, as chair of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry Science Committee, he has directed the effort to establish 20 evidence-based clinical guidelines. He has also served on five ADA evidence-based panels that produced publications that have had a key role in advancing evidence-based dentistry.

EBD Mid-Career Faculty Award

Dr. Tiwari is an associate professor in the department of community dentistry and population health at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. She is an author of more than 60 publications and has given over 100 presentations at local, state, national and international meetings and conferences. As a researcher, her topics of interest include the effect of behaviors on health; the relationship between social, environmental and cultural factors and health disparities; women as health pioneers, researchers and leaders; and dental trust between patients and dental providers.

Dr. Tiwari has contributed to evidence-based dental education and practice in social determinants of health, and in 2023, she conducted a dissemination and implementation research study, which was published in The Journal of the American Dental Association and showed the association between caries risk and higher social deprivation, reinforcing the role of structural and upstream factors in oral health. Dr. Tiwari is also the director at large of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and president of the International Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research’s Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research Group.

EBD Practice Award

Dr. Rawal is a practicing dentist and clinical associate professor of general dentistry at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. She has provided comprehensive dental services for senior patients residing at the Hebrew SeniorLife long-term care communities in greater Boston since 2010. Dr. Rawal is also involved in providing continuing education to the nursing staff and other inter-professional teams at the long-term care communities. 

During her national and international lectures to her health care colleagues, she has covered a variety of ADA evidence-based dentistry topics, such as pre-appointment antibiotic prophylaxis, antibiotic use for pain and inflammation, oral cancer detection, pain management, and topical fluoride application. She was honored with the Delta Dental Health Equity Hero Award in 2021 for her work during the COVID-19 pandemic, when she provided care to seniors after establishing protocols to ensure clinics ran smoothly and safely.

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