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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 done.”

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 Nationwide Children’s 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 great.”


[September 2010]