Dr. Marie Tolarova Honored with Henry Schein Humanitarian Faculty Award
The Dugoni School of Dentistry's Humanitarian Dentistry Organization (HuDen) presented Dr. Marie Tolarova with the second-annual Henry Schein Humanitarian Faculty Award during the dental school's Faculty Development Day on June 7. This award honors one faculty member per year for time dedicated to providing free dental service.
The club voted to bestow the $1,000 award to Tolarova, executive director of the Pacific Craniofacial Team and Cleft Prevention Program, who donates much of her time to researching and treating patients with cleft lip and palate. The award was generously funded by the Henry Schein company. Keith Wilson, a company representative, was on hand to present Tolarova with the award check.
In addition to her duties as professor and executive director of the Pacific Craniofacial Team and Cleft Prevention Program, Tolarova sits on the Board of Trustees of the International Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation (ICPF), a multidisciplinary humanitarian foundation established in 1997 devoted to cleft lip and palate patients.
Recently Tolarova has been busy coordinating the Cleft 2011 International Cleft Lip and Palate Conference, which will be held at the dental school June 9-12, 2011. This workshop will draw international attendees from throughout the globe and has a goal to set grounds for the development of an effective approach to cleft lip and palate prevention. Tolarova donated the $1,000 Humanitarian Faculty Award to the scholarship fund that will support colleagues from developing countries who are attending the Cleft 2011 conference.
"Our selection committee of students and faculty was so impressed with the quality of Dr. Tolarova's humanitarian activities and service, as well as the tremendous quantity of projects she has been involved in," said Cedric Papa, president of the school's Humanitarian Dentistry Organization.
Becoming an officially sanctioned organization at the school in May 2010, HuDen was created to celebrate humanitarian dentistry, serve as a resource for current humanitarian dentistry groups and publicize ongoing volunteer and service projects. Through a handful of international humanitarian mission trips, Dugoni School students travel to remote locations throughout the Caribbean, South America and Asia to provide free dental treatment to people in need.