Dentist pledges $1 million to dental education

March 6, 2006
Dr. Robert T. Ferris makes commitment of which $500,000 will go to the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation.

CHICAGO--The American Academy of Periodontology Foundation has announced that it is the recipient of one-half of a $1 million planned gift commitment made by Robert T. Ferris, DDS, PhD.

When realized, the gift will be divided evenly between the AAP Foundation and the Florida Dental Health Foundation. The AAP Foundation will use the gift to support programs focusing on the enhancement of periodontal education.

Both the AAP Foundation and the FDHF are partners in the National Campaign for Dental Education, a collaborative national campaign coordinated by the ADA Foundation and intended to secure the future of dental education.

"By giving generously to support periodontal education, we demonstrate leadership to the rest of the dental community. We show that we have confidence in the future of our specialty," Dr. Ferris said.

"Dr. Ferris' gift is not only generous; it's an inspiration," said Edward P. Allen, DDS, PhD, president of the AAP Foundation.

"The foundation is cognizant of the importance of continuing support for periodontal education, and we hope that Dr. Ferris' gift moves others to consider the future educational needs of the specialty in their charitable giving."

Dr. Ferris serves on the AAP Foundation Board and also serves on the foundation's AAP Education Scholarship/Teaching Fellowship Selection Committee. He was instrumental in founding the AAP Foundation.

In 1997, Dr. Ferris was president of the American Academy of Periodontology, where he also has been active in a number of endeavors supporting the organization and the specialty.