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August 7, 2020

Purnima Kumar, BDS, MS, PhD, Receives Gies Award

Purnima Kumar, BDS, MS, PhD

A professor in the college's Division of Periodontology, Dr. Purnima Kumar was recently selected as a recipient of the William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Dental Educator, presented by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Gies Foundation. The American Academy of Periodontology nominated her for the prestigious award.

ADEA's Gies awards are given annually to institutions, organizations, and individuals whose efforts "meaningfully advance oral health and dental education" in ways that align with the ideals set forth more than 90 years ago by the dental education pioneer William J. Gies, PhD.

Dr. Kumar is a nationally recognized researcher whose investigations of the impact of smoking and e-cigarettes on oral health have been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health through the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the National Cancer Institute. She is also a member of the International College of Dentists, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology,