of Kentucky Journal
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A. Nash (Dentistry)
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Nash is the William R. Willard Professor of Dental Education at the University
of Kentucky College of Dentistry, where he served as dean from 1987 to
Dr. Nash is an active member of the American Association of Dental Schools
and has served the organization in a number of capacities. He is a fellow
of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and has served the Academy
as a member of its Board of Directors. He is a diplomate of the American
Board of Pediatric Dentistry and has served as president of the College
of Diplomates in Pediatric Dentistry.
He is a member Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the honor society of dentistry,
and has served as its national president. Additionally, he has been inducted
into the national education honorary, Phi Delta Kappa, and the national
leadership honorary, Omicron Kappa Delta. He was awarded a Fogarty International
Fellowship by the National Institutes of Health in 1980, in support of
his research in the Netherlands on international dental education. He
was also the first Harry W. Bruce legislative fellow of the American Association
of Dental Schools. He has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal
of Dental Education, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the
European Journal of Dental Education.
In 1994 Dr. Nash was a guest speaker at the Eastman Dental Centers
celebration honoring the 90th birthday of Dr. Basil Bibby. His paper entitled,
"The Oral Physician, Creating A New Oral Health Professional for
the Twenty-First Century," advocated integrating the curriculum of
dentistry with that of medicine, and was subsequently published in the
Journal of Dental Education, where his publications most frequently occur.
Recently, an article he authored, "And the Band Played On,"
criticized the leadership of American dental education for its lack of
responsiveness to the Institute of Medicine report on the future of dental
education in the United States, and argued for the profession of dentistry
to integrate itself with medicine to more effectively meet the challenges
facing the profession in education, research and practice.
Dr. Nash has written broadly on topics in dental education, including
issues of teaching and learning, academic leadership, clinical pediatric
dentistry, and professional ethics. He has served as a visiting professor
at over one-half of the Americas colleges of dentistry, as well
as several international universities.
Among Dr. Nashs current interests is bioethics. Several years ago
he introduced a four-year comprehensive professional ethics curriculum
into the dental curriculum at Kentucky. He also teaches bioethics in the
College of Medicine, and is currently teaching a graduate course in bioethics
in the School of Public Health. Dr. Nash also chairs the University of
Kentucky Hospitals Ethics Committee.
Dr. Nash has been honored with several teaching awards by his students,
and in 1999 was named one of Americas visionaries in dentistry by
the American Student Dental Association.