AAP honors AO's Drs. David Cochran, Hom-Lay Wang
Congratulations, Drs. Cochran and Wang!
Dr. David Cochran
Dr. Hom-Lay Wang
AO Past President Dr. David L. Cochran, San Antonio, TX, received AAP’s 2017 Gold Medal Award, the highest honor conferred by the organization, for outstanding contributions to AAP through service (he is an AAP past president) and an understanding of the study, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases. The award citation commended Dr. Cochran, professor and chair of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, for his “illustrious career in research, which includes work in the areas of morphogenetic proteins, osseous regeneration, and using evidence-based treatment modalities to create a deeper understanding of peri-implantitis.”
AO Director Dr. Hom-Lay Wang, Ann Arbor, MI, is the recipient of AAP’s 2017 Outstanding Periodontal Educator Award and its 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award. “With over 25,000 citations to his work, Dr. Wang has proven himself as a veritable authority in the specialty,” the award says. More than 30 scientific publications have invited Dr. Wang to serve on their editorial boards. Dr. Wang, endowed collegiate professor of periodontology and director of the graduate periodontal program at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, has trained more than 85 graduate students, with many of them entering private practice or becoming educators themselves “Dr. Wang exudes passion and excitement for periodontics, encouraging his students to appreciate, master, and contribute to the field,” one former student says.