Drisko Fund

The late Dr. Connie L. Drisko, a legendary leader in periodontics, dean emerita at Georgia Regents University and an alumna of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine – ELAM program at Drexel University, was very passionate about women’s leadership in the profession.

Dr. Drisko was an exceptional leader and educator who left a memorable legacy for future generations. Connie’s great passion for people of all kinds and ranks, and for the specialty of periodontics and dentistry, in general, was evident to everyone she met. She was a remarkable leader, and an untiring advocate for dentistry and dental education.

The American Academy of Periodontology Foundation is currently raising funds for a new leadership mentorship award to commemorate Dr. Drisko. The Dr. Connie L. Drisko-Women in Periodontics Leadership Awards, aimed at increasing the numbers of academic women periodontists in leadership positions, are established to inspire young women to follow in Dr. Drisko’s footsteps.

In order to make this new named award a reality, we must raise $250,000. Your participation in this campaign can help to ensure that, in the future, the profession benefits from the collective excellent influences contributed by the leadership of both women and men.

Thank you for considering making a gift or pledge to help in the establishment of this award.

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Congratulations to Satish Kumar, DDS, MDSc, 2013 Educator Scholar and 2014 AAPF Fellow to the ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions, who recently accepted a full-time faculty role as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.