The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) has named Radi Masri, DDS, MS, PhD, the winner of its 2018 Distinguished Service Award. The honor, which Masri will receive on November 2 at the ACP’s Annual Session in Baltimore, honors recipients who have shown outstanding service to the organization and the characteristics of a true humanitarian.
“I am extremely honored to receive this prestigious award, especially since it recognizes my work for the ACP,” said Masri.
After serving five years as associate editor of the ACP’s Journal of Prosthodontists, the publication named him its editor in chief in July. His first ever published research appeared in the Journal almost 17 years ago.
Since then, Masri has done extensive research on complex issues like the effect of chronic pain on brain activity, the use of nanotechnology in dental disease treatment, and techniques to improve wound healing. As editor in chief, he plans to encourage more in-depth research connecting contemporary prosthodontics to overall health.
Masri also is program chair of the 2018 ACP annual session. Plus, he was heavily involved in the ACP’s creation of a digital curriculum for dental schools. He spent a decade chairing the ACP’s Board Preparation Course. He is a member of the ACP’s board of directors. And, he received the ACP’s Clinician/Researcher Award in 2012.
An associate professor in the Department of Advanced Oral Sciences and Therapeutics and director of the Graduate Prosthodontics Program at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD), Masri credits the school for inspiring his dedication to service.
“I am a product of the prosthodontics program here at UMSOD,” Masri said. “The faculty members take you to another level. They made me love the specialty and want to make it better.”
Masri first came to UMSOD for a residency in prosthodontics after earning a DDS in his native Jordan. After completing his residency in 2001, he earned a doctorate in oral/craniofacial biology at UMSOD in 2005 and has served on the faculty ever since. In addition to his service-oriented activities, he supervises a lab that has received several federal grants to study the mechanisms and treatment of neuropathic pain.
“Dr. Masri has already received many accolades for his excellence in research, publications, and innovations, but this award in particular highlights how much he has given in service,” said Carl Driscoll, DMD, professor in prosthodontics and Masri’s predecessor as program director.