DentaQuest Foundation Shils Award

Nov. 23, 2010
Ralph Fuccillo honored for commitment to improving oral health.

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania--The DentaQuest Foundation has announced that Ralph Fuccillo, president, is a recipient of the 2010 Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Education Fund Award.

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Each year, the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Education Fund program advisory board recognizes four individuals from academia, clinical environments, and industry who have done outstanding entrepreneurial work to educate the community-at-large on the impact of oral health.

Fuccillo is one of them. He is recognized as a transformational leader whose vision, innovation, and support of oral health programs is helping change the public’s understanding of oral health. Fuccillo received the award Oct. 26, 2010, at the Union League in Philadelphia.

The Shils Entrepreneurial Education Fund was established in 2002 to honor the pioneering vision of the late Dr. Edward B. Shils, professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton College and former executive director of the Dental Manufacturers of America and to encourage innovation that results in the improvement of oral health.

The fund, which operates under the administration of the American Dental Association Foundation, recognizes outstanding entrepreneurial initiatives that educate the community at large on the impact of oral health and provide educational opportunities for those in the dental industry.

The award is accompanied by a monetary prize that Fuccillo will give to the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. The organization shares his commitment to “leaders in service,” the development of individuals who are dedicated and skilled in addressing the health needs of underserved communities, and whose example influences and inspires others.

Each year, dental students serve as Schweitzer Fellows in several of the 12 local Schweitzer Fellows community sites in the U.S.

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