2006 Awardee: John Brown, BDS, MS, PhD
The Oral Health Section is pleased to announce that John P. Brown, BDS, MS, PhD is the 2006 recipient of the John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Brown is Professor and Chairman for the Department of Community Dentistry and the University of Texas Health Science Center. He is a champion of dental public health, pediatric dentistry, and dental public health academics, mentoring over a dozen residents in a dental public health residency program that he developed. He has served at the regional and national level regarding initiatives to improve the oral health of women and children, strongly advocating for the prevention of dental disease while improving access. He has been a champion for community water fluoridation for over 20 years, culminating in the fluoridation of San Antonio in 2000.
On an international level, Dr. Brown served as the Principal Investigator for the San Antonio site of the World Health Organization’s Section International Collaborative Study. He has authored or co-authored over fifty manuscripts and presented over 70 abstracts at national and international meetings.
Dr. Brown has worked tirelessly for APHA and dedicates himself to the success of the Oral Health Section. He was Section Chair in 1995, served on the Oral Health Section Council and as Newsletter Editor and remains a consultant to the Section. He has strengthened the policy and advocacy focus of the Section and has written or testified on numerous resolutions and position papers.
Dr. Brown received his dental degree from the University of Queensland Dental School in Brisbane, Australia, his Master of Science Degree in Dental Research from the University of Rochester, and his Ph.D. in Oral Epidemiology from the University of Queensland.