Dr. Henry Fields
Receives 2010 Distinguished Dentist Award
Dr. Henry Fields, a College of Dentistry professor and current
chair of the Division of Orthodontics, has been chosen as the 2010
recipient of the
Ohio Dental Association’s (ODA) Distinguished Dentist Award.
The highest honor bestowed by the ODA, this award will be presented
to Dr. Fields on September 24th at the Callahan Celebration of
Excellence, held in conjunction with the
144th ODA Annual
Session in Columbus.
Fields said he was gratified by the award. “There are a number of
people who are worthy of this kind of thing,” he said. “I’ve been
around a long time, and I’m glad people appreciate some of what I’ve
Originally from Iowa, Fields received his Bachelor of Arts degree
from Dartmouth University in 1969. He then attended the University
of Iowa, where he received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in
1973, and a Master of Science degree in pediatric dentistry in 1975.
Continuing his dental education, he received a Master of Science in
Dentistry degree at the University of Washington in 1977.
Joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina’s School of
Dentistry in 1977, Fields taught various courses in the pediatric
and orthodontics departments. Focusing on teaching, research,
patient care, and administration, he was later appointed as the
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Pediatric Dentistry
Graduate Program Director.
In 1991, Fields moved to Columbus to join Ohio State’s faculty as
dean of the College of Dentistry, a position he held for 10 years.
Serving as an administrator, an instructor, and as a practicing
dentist, Fields is the current director of the College of
Dentistry’s Orthodontic Graduate Program, and he is a member of the
Department of Dentistry at
Hospital in Columbus.
Throughout his career that spans more than three decades, Fields has
held numerous leadership positions in dentistry-related
organizations. He was the president of the Ohio Dental Association
from 2007-2008, and he has served on the American Dental Association
(ADA) Council on Dental Education and Licensure.
A nationally recognized researcher, Fields’ work has appeared in more
than 70 academic journals, including the
Journal of the American Dental
Association (JADA), which is a premier, peer-reviewed
publication featuring research that has a significant impact on the
practice of clinical dentistry.
Commenting on Fields’ outstanding career as a dentist and an
academician, Dr. William J. Meyers, a College of Dentistry professor
emeritus said, “His career has been based in education, but with
strong accomplishments in organized dentistry and patient care. He
truly has touched every stone of the ODA logo by ‘informing,
representing, and serving,’ and he has built stronger institutions
and people with them – all the things that make this profession