John-GrubbThe American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) recently awarded John E. Grubb, DDS, MS, of Escondido, Calif, the Earl E. and Wilma S. Shepard Distinguished Service Award. According to the ABO, the award was established to perpetuate Dr Earl Shepard’s outstanding accomplishments and to show appreciation for his many contributions as the first executive director of the ABO and those of his wife, Wilma, who was highly involved with her husband’s efforts to fulfill the ABO’s goals. This award recognizes an individual for outstanding dedication and advancement of the ideals and mission of the ABO.

Grubb is an ABO diplomate, as well as a past director and past president of the ABO. He continues to serve the ABO as an examiner for the ABO Clinical Examination and as a technology consultant.

“Dr John Grubb exemplifies the very best in service above self,” said Dr Larry Tadlock, an ABO director. “His tireless commitment and expertise in orthodontic technology has aided the ABO in incorporating the most advanced technology available. Dr Grubb was instrumental in the development of the ABO’s electronic case submission in which candidates can submit cases electronically rather than bringing physical records to the ABO Clinical Examination. He has served on the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics (SCDI) for many years as a representative of the ABO. His work at SCDI has established standards in dentistry for digital records, including models, photographs, and radiographs. In addition, Dr Grubb has helped the ABO establish electronic grading of the Discrepancy Index, and he is currently working on electronic grading of final digital study casts. The ABO is truly grateful for all of his contributions.”

Grubb is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor in the postgraduate orthodontic program at the A.T. Still University in Arizona. Prior to these appointments, he served as a clinical professor of orthodontics in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Illinois School of Dentistry, as well as the department’s managing partner. He also served as an associate clinical professor in the Department of Orthodontics at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California.

In addition, Grubb serves as an associate editor of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Grubb is also an active member and past president of the Angle Southern California Component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists, and he has served as a clinical instructor for the Charles H. Tweed Foundation. Grubb is a past president of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists and is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists.

Grubb received his DDS from Georgetown University and his master’s degree and certificate in orthodontics from the University of Washington in 1971. He is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.

“I am honored and humbled to have my name included among all of the previous recipients of this award,” Grubb said.