The Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund awards innovators in the dentistry field — 5 takeaways

The Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, a nonprofit organization, announced the recipients of the 2015 Shil Awards.

Here are five takeaways:

1. The Shil Awards recognize individuals, organizations and programs that positively influence the dental community and public oral health field.

2. The Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund presented the awards at the Shils Fund Dinner on Oct. 27 at the Union League of Philadelphia.

3. The recipients of the award included:

  • Cecile Feldman, DDS. She serves as the dean of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in Newark, N.J. She received the award for her dedication to training the next generation of dental care providers with a focus on access to care, cultural competency and excellence in Rutgers' clinical requirements.
  • Kathleen O'Loughlin, DMD. She serves as the executive director and chief operating officer of the American Dental Association. Dr. O'Loughlin was recognized for her leadership in the dental field and her advocacy for enhancing oral health literacy and providing care for underserved populations.
  • The Ohio-based Children's Oral Health Network. The organization received the award for its dedication in providing accessible and affordable oral healthcare to children in Cincinnati.

4. The Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund is named after the late Edward B. Shils, DDS. Dr. Shil served as the executive director of the Dental Manufacturers of America and Dental Dealers of America for nearly 50 years.

5. Dr. Shil's friends and colleagues founded The Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund. They started the organization because they thought Dr. Shils would want to leave a legacy of entrepreneurship.

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