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March 2013 Volume XLVIX Number 2

Dr. Elliot R. Shulman

shulmanmugDr. Elliot R. Shulman, 59, of Morgantown passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 25, 1953, in Los Angeles, Calif., to the late Abraham and Sophia Kaner Shulman.

Shulman had currently served as Professor and Director of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry at West Virginia University School of Dentistry since 2005. He obtained his D.D.S. degree from Loma Linda University and his specialty training and Masters degree from the University of North Carolina. He was currently work-

ing on his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at West Virginia University.

Before joining WVU, he associated in a dental private practice in Quesnel, British Columbia and then served in the US Air Force as Chief of Pediatric Dentistry in the Philippines, Germany, England, and several locations in the United States. He was an instructor in Air Force Advanced Education in General Dentistry programs, Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and Ohio State University. He was appointed as both, the Family Advocacy and Special Consultant in Pediatric Dentistry to the Assistant Surgeon General of Dental Services.

Shulman had served as the Dental Commander of RAF Lakenheath and the Command Dental Surgeon for the Air Force Material Command before retiring from the Air Force after 25 years of service in 2006.

He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and has served as a Board Trustee for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He also served as chair of the Post-doctoral Inservice Examination Committee of the Council on Post-doctoral Education. Shulman has published numerous articles and given presentations on pediatric dentistry around the world. He has performed research on pulpal therapy, fluorides and epidemiology, and had mentored dental students in research each year. He was a member of the American Dental Association, Institute of Federal Healthcare Executives, College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, member of the West Virginia Oral Health Project, and Secretary-Treasurer of the West Virginia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

He was a member of the Suncrest United Methodist Church and loved to travel.

Shulman is survived by his wife, Marilyn Gooderum Shulman; a daughter, Julie Shulman of Boston, Mass.; two sons, Jeffrey Shulman and spouse Brianne of San Antonio, Texas, and Grant Shulman of Lincoln, Neb.; a brother Eric Shulman and companion, Ethel George of Fullerton, Calif.; a grandson, Taylor Shulman; and his loving canine friend, Sandy.


Dr. Kellie Axelrad

axelradDr. Kellie Axelrad was named by Gambits "40 Under 40" in New Orleans in 2012. This is a great honor to be recognized by the community. Axelrad is a board certified pediatric dentist and AAPD member practicing in New Orleans, La.



AAPD Members Help in Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Drs. Paul Chu (pediatric dentist in Rye, N.Y., and program director of the pediatric dental residency at St. Barnabas Hospital) and Sherrill Fay (Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, Newhurricanesandypic York, NY) organized more than 20 dentists, dental residents, and family members to help clean up Belle Harbor, N.Y., one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. The team was even able to help clean up the Belle Harbor home of colleague Dr. Brett King, also an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. King had purchased his home on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens just three months before Sandy hit.

"It became very personal to us when we heard that the home of Dr. King had been badly damaged," Chu said. "Everyone wanted to help."

The volunteers spent Nov. 11 clearing debris from Kings home, removing damaged drywall and door frames, and working on other homes in the area.

 "His basement was destroyed, but he was lucky," Chu said. "Seven surrounding homes had been burned down and were no longer thereThe work was very tiring and the damage was beyond our imagination. But it felt wonderful to be able to make a difference."


toys for tots


The Student Pediatric Dentistry Study Club (AAPD Chapter) at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, University of the Pacific, San Francisco, Calif., partnered with the U.S. Marines and held their first Toys for Tots toy drive this year to benefit children in need in the Bay area. Over 115 toys were collected.


Pictured left to right: Trent Gookin

D.D.S. 2014 (Study Club President), Tiffany Wu D.D.S. 2014, Jesse Mitchem D.D.S. 2014, Jeff  Wood D.D.S. (Study

Club Faculty Advisor), Jesse Wright

D.D.S. 2013 (Study Club Vice President), Hilma Rodriguez D.D.S. 2013 (Study Club Secretary), Rob Costisevschi D.D.S. 2013

Current and former Academy  Leaders Honored


The Fall Meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (NCAPD) provided the backdrop for a gala event where two AAPD members were honored. Dr. Ropy Lindahl of Chapel Hill was given the NCAPDs Oral Health Service Award in recognition of his lifetime of service to advance the oral health of children in the state and beyond. Lindahl served as president of the AAPD in 1964 and as President of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) in 1967.


Lindahl (center), who served as the Departments second chair, is pictured here with his four successors. The departments fifth and current chair is Bawden Distinguished Professor Tim Wright (standing left). Seated (left) is Ted Oldenburg, the departments second chair, who served as president of both the AAPD and the ABPD in 1979. Standing (right) is Bill Vann, who served as the Departments third chair and AAPD president in 1990 and foundation president 1993-96 and 1999-01. Seated right is Mike Roberts, who served as the departments fourth chair and president of the ABPD in 2000.


Dr. Jessica Lee, current AAPD parliamentarian, immediate past president of NCAPD, and current Graduate Program Director athe UNC, was named the Demeritt Distinguished Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, becoming the Departments first female full professor and its first distinguished professor. The Demeritt Chair honors the legacy of  Dr. "Willie" Demeritt, the Departments first chair. Lee (right) is pictured in the photo with UNC Dean Jane Weintraub.

AAPD CEO Honored With Outstanding Public Advocacy Award

ceohonoredpicDr. John S. Rutkauskas, chief executive officer of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), was selected as the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Public Advocacy Award on behalf of the Friends of the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (FNIDCR). The award was presented to Rutkauskas during FNIDCRs Annual Conference and Awards Dinner for its members and friends, including distinguished leaders from across the U.S., Canada and abroad, on Dec. 6, 2012, at the Marriott Hotel at Metro Center, Washington, D.C.

 This award is presented to an individual or organization that has helped foster improved health care for patients and other health consumers through advocacy efforts for specific patient groups and/or public education activities. Past awardees include C. Everett Koop, Joe Garagiola, Scientific American, the Washington Post and most recently, Terrie Cowley, Co-founder of  TMJ Association, Ltd.

When FNIDCR Board member Mary Kaye Richter nominated Rutkauskas as a candidate for the associations prestigious Outstanding Public Advocacy Award, there was unconditional support from the board that he be this years recipient. Richter is the past executive director of the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias. As she said, "Dr. Rutkauskas has been a stellar advocate for oral health care for special patient populations – first as CEO at Special Care in Dentistry and more recently as CEO of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry."

Members of the FNIDCR Board acknowledged his vigorous efforts to get oral health coverage for patients with special needs under medical insurance, his advocacy for oral health care when the first discussions on national health care insurance began in the 1990s, and his continued fight for the needs of special care populations. Richter added, "John was among the first to champion those needs at a time when doing so was unpopular with the status quo." FNIDCR applauds his commitment to advocacy with this oft-times, under-served population.

"I am humbled and deeply honored to be receiving this award," said Rutkauskas. "This recognition from such a renowned organization as FNIDCR is testament of the need for me to continue advocating for optimal health for all children and patients with special needs. It is in tribute to them that I respectfully accept this award."

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