June 3, 2022

Dr. Alfred Reader Receives I.B. Bender Lifetime Educator Award

Professor Emeritus Al Reader, DDS, MS, received the prestigious I.B. Bender Lifetime Educator Award from the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) at this year's annual meeting. 

The award recognizes an AAE member whose contributions as an educator have demonstrated excellence through selfless commitment to full-time educational pursuits, and whose valuable contributions have instilled in students the desire to pursue excellence in their careers.

Alfred Reader

Dr. Reader is an alumnus of the College of Dentistry. He served as a faculty member in the Division of Endodontics from 1977-2018 and as director of the Advanced Endodontic Program from 1982-2014. Throughout his career in academia, his efforts as an educator and mentor impacted more than 165 endodontic residents.

Nationally recognized for his research, Dr. Reader has explored the rationale, advantages, and limitations of various anesthetic agents and routes of administration. His work has been published in more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Endodontics, the Journal of the American Dental Association, and Anesthesia Progress. He co-authored the textbook titled Successful Local Anesthesia; wrote 14 book chapters in other texts; and presented more than 90 lectures to learned societies and dental organizations throughout his career. Dr. Reader is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics (ABE) and a former Director of ABE.