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Brian B. Novy, DDS, is Recipient of 2021 Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew Award

  • by AGD Staff
  • Jun 21, 2021

Chicago, IL (June 21, 2021) – The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) recognized Brian B. Novy, DDS, of Quincy Massachusetts, is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew Award. He was presented the award during AGD2021held in Austin, Texas this year. Named after AGD’s founding father, the Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew Award is given to a dedicated educator who embodies the spirit of comprehensive dental care. Recipients are professional role models whose activities exemplify a commitment to the profession of dentistry and the principles and goals of the AGD. Every year the AGD identifies a member to present the prestigious Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew award who has made outstanding contributions to the profession and dental community. Novy, an exceptional dentist who loves to talk about tooth decay with anyone who will listen, exemplifies all of those characteristics.

“The Academy of General Dentistry is proud to have members who exemplifies excellence in the field of dentistry and mentors others in the profession,” said Bruce Cassis, DDS, MAGD, AGD President. “Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew was someone with a passion for the field and had a great vision for the future of general dentistry. It is an honor to present this award to Dr. Novy. Not only is he a great dentist, an excellent teacher, and researcher but he is definitely a trailblazer of this time who meets the criteria of Dr. Weclew’s vision and work ethic.”

In 2006 Dr. Novy graduated from Loma Linda University with honors in dental education and accepted a faculty appointment there teaching dental materials and cariology. Today, he holds faculty appointments at the Western University College of Dental Medicine and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Novy has published papers in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the Journal of Dental Research, the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice, Compendium, the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association and the Journal of the California Dental Association, as well as the National Academy of Medicine.

Nový’s private practice received the title, “American Dental Association Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year,” and, after a term on the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs from 2011 to 2014, he was appointed the consumer representative to the Food and Drug Administration Dental Products Panel. He is currently president of the National CAMBRA (Caries Management by Risk Assessment) Coalition and acts as the chief dental officer of the Massachusetts Public Employees Health and Welfare Trust Fund. He practices in Quincy, Massachusetts.

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