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Chicago Midwinter Meeting 20 February 2020
Five members of the board of the Illinois AGD, along with another three AGD members, were among the thirteen inducted into the Illinois Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy at the 2020 Chicago Midwinter Meeting!

The Pierre Fauchard Academy is an honor organization devoted to the recognition of, and development of, leaders in dental medicine across the globe.

Conducting the New Fellow Induction ceremony were:
Dr. Terry Brewick, International President PFA
Dr. Jerry Dushkin, International President-Elect PFA
Dr. Ghabi Kaspo, Region 8 Trustee PFA
Dr. Paul Obrock, Illinois Section Chair, Master of Ceremonies, ILAGD Board

Welcomed as New Fellows of the PFA were the following AGD members, and any respective offices:
Dr. Bethel Buerk, ILAGD Secretary
Dr. William Lawley, ILAGD Vice-President
Dr. Charles Martello, ILAGD Immed. Past President
Dr. Cheryl Mora, ILAGD Past President, current Regional Director
Dr. Sy Wachtenheim, ILAGD Past President, 2010 Recipient of the AGD Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Darryll Beard
Dr. John Keller, IV
Dr. Sable Muntean

The event was held at Maggiano’s Little Italy just off Chicago’s ‘Magnificent Mile’. A lively reception accompanied the ceremony where the new fellows joined existing members in food, drink and camaraderie.

ILAGD 2019 FAGD & LLSR Recipients Honored:

The AGD Fellowship and Mastership are prestigious symbols of dentistry’s continuous journey toward improvement and progress. Fellows and Masters embody AGD’s principles and ideals and accept an obligation to prove themselves worthy of their designations throughout their professional lives. To earn Fellowship, dentists must earn a minimum of 500 approved CE credits, and pass a comprehensive examination. To attain Mastership, AGD Fellows must earn an additional 600 approved CE credits, and 400 of the credits must be in the form of participation courses. In the AGD’s 60-plus history, 16,800 members have earned Fellowship and 3,434 members have earned Mastership. This year, 277 members received their Fellowship and 69 members received their Mastership at the AGD annual Convocation ceremony. The Fellows and Masters honored at this year’s Convocation ceremony represent a commitment to lifelong learning and support the AGD’s mission to “serve the needs and represent the interests of general dentists and to foster their continued proficiency through quality continuing dental education in order to better serve the public.”

2019 Fellows

Glenn Amante, DDS
Steve Ballis, DDS
Sam Calabrese, DDS
Michael Cheng, DDS
Ahmed El-Maghraby, DMD
Meredith Gantos, DDS
Kurian Mathew, DDS
Ryan McCall, DDS
Peter Pirog, DMD
Anjali Talwar, DDS
Ivan Valcarenghi, DDS

2019 LLSR

Mohamednazir Harunani, MAGD – 2nd LLSR
Cheryl Mora, DDS, MAGD

2018 Fellows~

Phillip C. Neal, DDS, FAGD
Mitul V. Patel, DMD, FAGD
Kenneth J. Allen, DMD, FAGD
Irbad Chowdhury, DMD, FAGD
Kalpana T. Shah, DMD, FAGD
Vishal V. Kalavadia, DDS, FAGD
Yudong Xu, DMD, FAGD
Thomas J. Skleba, DDS, FAGD
Basim Said Shakir, DDS, FAGD
Sanaz Amiran, DDS, FAGD
William P. Madison, DDS, FAGD
Lana Fourdyce Kavetsis, DDS, FAGD
Giancarlo A. Maldonado, DDS, FAGD
Joseph D. Jackson, DMD ,FAGD
John McNerney, DDS, FAGD
Yasmin Kanani, DDS, FAGD
Miloslava M. Miller, DDS, FAGD
Zac Young, DDS, FAGD
Liya Mathew Kunnassery, DDS, FAGD

2018 Masters-

Wallace F. Strow, Jr., DDS, MAGD
Richard J. Wright, DDS, MAGD


G.V. Black said, the father of modern restorative dentistry said, “The professional person has no right to be other than a continuous student.” This philosophy has been the driving force for the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) for more than 65 years, and continues to guide those looking to the future of the AGD and the dental community.
The AGD Fellowship and Mastership awards are among the most prestigious for general dentists. They represent a commitment to lifelong learning, quality patient care and professional responsibility. By earning this prestigious award, you have joined a distinguished group of your peers, who have also embraced the core principles of the AGD, and helped promote this ideology to the profession and public. Your unselfish commitment to provide the highest standard of care is notable and marks you as a true leader in our profession and worthy of this most recognized designation for professional excellence in the dental profession.
The Convocation ceremony, to honor the new AGD Fellow and Master recipients, took place on Saturday, July 15th at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The following is a list of the newly honored Illinois Fellows and Masters:

2017 Fellows-
Andrew Beer, DDS, FAGD, Normal
Kaori C. Ema, DDS, FAGD, Chicago
Jerry Cheng, DDS, FAGD, Highland Park
Jonathan E. Faber, DMD, FAGD, Shorewood
Michael J. Howenstein, DMD, FAGD, Belleville
Louis R. Kaufman, DDS, FAGD, Chicago
Bharat Kundnani, DDS, FAGD, Bloomington
Jihye Lee, DDS, FAGD, Glenview
Kate E. Limardi, DDS, FAGD, Gurnee
Jose M. Mariscal, DDS, FAGD, Chicago
Michael D. Mora, DDS, FAGD, Vernon Hills
Kevin T. Moss, DMD, FAGD, Downers Grove
Kimberly M. Young, DDS, FAGD, Aurora


2017 Masters-
Douglas J. Brown, DDS, MAGD, Chicago
Brad D. Kramer, DMD, MAGD, Fairfield
John F. Miller, DDS, MAGD, ABGD, Grayslake
Lisa Salisbury, DDS, MAGD, Lake
Lawrence P. Smith, DDS, MAGD, Elmhurst

2017 LLSR Recipients-

The Illinois Academy of General Dentistry (ILAGD) would like to offer their sincere congratulations to the 2017 Fellows and Masters recipients, as well as our gratitude to their families, for providing the support and encouragement to reach this goal.


50 Years
Marshall M. Dolnick, DDS

40 Years                                                    
John S. Aiello, DDS, FAGD                  Raymond D. Bartz, DDS                     Virgil A. Beadle Jr., DDS, FAGD

William J. Becker, DDS                       Tim L. Butler, DDS, MAGD                  Timothy C. Canty, DDS, MAGD

Terrence J. Danek, DDS, FAGD           William G. Dobrin, DDS                      Stuart M. Dunn, DDS

Barry K. Freydberg, DDS, FAGD          Lawrence R. Gentile, DDS, FAGD       Douglas R. Halkyard, DDS

James W. Henning, DDS, FAGD           Lewis J. Hirsch, DDS                         Paul W. Jacobs, DDS, MAGD

Robert J. Krenz, DDS                           Thomas R. Leischner, DDS                Robert A. Lipschultz, DDS

Gene E. Mendelson, DDS                     Jack J. Miller, DDS, FAGD                 Todd A. Molis, DDS

Fellowship and Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry are prestigious symbols of dentistry’s continual journey toward improvement, progress and knowledge. Masters and Fellows of the Academy embody the Academy’s principles and ideals and accept an obligation to continually prove themselves worthy of the designation throughout their professional life.  The Convocation ceremony to honor the 2016 AGD Fellows, Masters and LLSR recipients took place on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.  The following is a list of those honored Illinois Fellows and Masters:

2016 Fellows-

Ryan R. Vahdani, DDS, FAGD, Downers Grove
Paul E. Etchison, DDS, FAGD, New Lenox
Anita M. Shade, DDS, FAGD, Scott AFB
Noura S. Fadel, DDS, FAGD, Bloomington
Gordon J. Ziols, DDS, FAGD, Chicago
Victor Gonzalez, DDS, FAGD
Joseph G. McCartin, DDS, FAGD
Samer M. Elbatanouny, DDS, FAGD, Lombard

2016 Masters-

Daniel J. Beer, DDS, MAGD, Normal
Donald L. Rastede, DDS, MAGD, Rock Falls
Edmund F. Tobias, DDS, MAGD, Barrington
Rosemary Villa, DDS, MAGD, Oswego

2016 LLSR Recipients-

Stephen F. Petras, DMD, MAGD, Stockton
John C. Skreko, DDS, MAGD, Burr Ridge

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