Oral Health America (OHA) announced that Michael Alfano, DMD, PhD, dean and executive vice president emeritus at New York University, will be recognized with the Tribute Award. Each year, OHA honors an individual whose career significantly impacts oral health on a regional or national level; has been innovative, creative, and pioneering; has been able to demonstrate positive, measurable change over a sustained period; and achieved success in overcoming barriers to oral health access, education, and advocacy.

“Dr Alfano more than exemplifies each of these criteria for this award in the most profound ways imaginable,” said Beth Truett, president and CEO for Oral Health America. “Beyond his loyalty to Oral Health America’s mission and work, his belief in health equity and the need for change in prioritizing oral health for all Americans lives with the Santa Fe Group, the 2016 Global Oral Cancer Forum, and so many other important initiatives.”

The award will be presented at OHA’s 26th Annual Gala & Benefit on February 24, 2016, in Chicago.