2017 Distinguished Alumni Kent Palcanis, '68 DDS, MSD
Periodontist Kent Palcanis, '68 DDS, MSD, was presented with the Dental Alumni Society's 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award at the Dental Alumni Society Luncheon during Homecoming Weekend. Dr. Palcanis began his career as a dentist in the United States Air Force Dental Corps. He went on to pursue a career in academics at the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry and retired as professor and associate dean emeritus from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to maintaining an active clinical practice in Periodontics, Dr. Palcanis is a Diplomate and current Secretary of the American Board of Periodontology.
Angelo Mariotti, DDS, PhD, chair, Division of Periodontology at the College of Dentistry, announced Dr. Palcanis as the 2017 winner. Describing Dr. Palcanis as his mentor, Dr. Mariotti said, "Kent has had a major influence on my life. He has always led others by example and he is a role model for dental students, residents, and other dentists."