The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) awarded H. Garland Hershey, Jr, DDS, MS, and Roberto Justus, DDS, MSD, the Dale B. Wade Award of Excellence in Orthodontics at the annual luncheon of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics (CDABO), which was held in conjunction with the AAO’s 2011 Annual Session in Chicago.

The ABO bestows this award on an exemplary senior clinician and Diplomate who demonstrates exceptional dedication to orthodontics through clinical excellence and/or devoted teaching in the image of Dale B. Wade, DDS, MS, a past president of the ABO.

“Both Dr Hershey and Dr Justus have dedicated themselves to their students and to fostering support of the board-certification process,” said Jeryl English, DDS, MS, the 2010-’11 president of the ABO. “They are both excellent clinicians and serve as wonderful models to their students and their orthodontic colleagues.”

Hershey, of Chapel Hill, NC, has served as a professor of orthodontics in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) since 1978. He has also served as the associate dean of academic affairs for the UNC School of Dentistry, vice chancellor for health affairs, UNC vice provost and interim provost, and consultant to the chancellor on health affairs. Since 1998, he has also been a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He is a Diplomate of and examiner for the ABO. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the World Federation of Orthodontists’ and the Academy of Dentistry International. 

He currently serves on the editorial review board of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and the editorial boards of the American Dental Association (ADA) Continuing Education Online and The Angle Orthodontist

Hershey said, “Dale Wade was a remarkable professional who continues to leave a positive imprint on our specialty. His legacy continues through the students he taught at The Ohio State University and the colleagues he influenced while a member and president of The American Board of Orthodontics.”

Justus (pictured) has been in private practice in Mexico City since 1968. He has been a Diplomate of the ABO since 1990 and recertified in 2001. He has served as a professor of undergraduate orthodontics at the Technological University of Mexico since 1973 and is also the professor and director of research in the Graduate Department of Orthodontics at the Intercontinental University, a position he has held since 1990. He is the founder of and examiner for the Mexican Board of Orthodontics, and he has served as an examiner/consultant for the ABO Clinical Examination since 2002. Justus is the president of the World Federation of Orthodontists and is the past president of CDABO and the Foundation of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics. He has published 26 scientific papers in orthodontic and research journals and chapters in three orthodontic textbooks, among other projects. He has served as the associate editor of the WFO Gazette and the guest editor of the March 2010 issue of Seminars in Orthodontics.

Justus remembered, “I met Dr Wade at the 1990 annual CDABO meeting in Colorado Springs. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine I would receive an ABO award, and even less with the name of Dr Dale B. Wade, a widely respected and revered figure. I am deeply honored. I also appreciate the ABO’s trust in me as an ABO examiner. Being an ABO examiner has been a huge honor for me. I really believe that board certification is a major contributor to elevating the standard of orthodontic practice, so I congratulate both the ABO and CDABO for their efforts to encourage all orthodontists to become certified and recertified.”