Isaih Lew Award

The Isaih Lew Memorial Research Award is presented by the AAID Foundation to an individual who has contributed significantly to research in implant dentistry. This award is given every year to perpetuate Dr. Isaih Lew’s spirit and enthusiasm for implant dentistry. Dr. Lew was an implant pioneer. He was a founding member of the AAID and served as its president and the editor of the Journal of Oral Implantology. In addition to publishing widely, he taught at New York, Columbia, Temple and Farleigh Dickinson Universities, and the New Jersey College of Dentistry. He lectured to dental societies in the US and around the world and produced a national television program on implants. Isaih Lew was born in Poland in 1915. After immigrating to the United States, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School and then spent a lifetime conducting surgical and prosthetic clinical implant research. Dr. Lew was committed to the “where, why and how” of implantology.

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Ralph McKinney (1987)
Jack Lemons (1988)
Paul Goldhaber (1989)
Leonard Linkow (1990)
Gerald Niznick (1991)
Paul Schnitman (1992)
Leonard Shulman (1993)
Maurice Valen (1994)
Franklin Young, Jr. (1995)
O. Hilt Tatum, Jr. (1996)
Charles Weiss (1997)
Carl Misch (1998)
Louis J. Naman (1999)
David Steflik (2000)
John Brunsky (2001)
W. Eugene Roberts (2002)
Axel Kirsch (2003)
Burton Balkin (2004)
Mohamed Sharawy (2005)
Philip Boyne (2006)
Jerry Soderstrom (2007)
Arthur Ashman (2008)
A. Norman Cranin (2009)
Jaime L. Lozada, DDS (2010)
Victor Sendax, DDS (2011)
James Rutkowski, DMD, PhD (2012)
Ulf Wikesjö, DDS, DMD, PhD (2013)
Shahram Michael Ghanaati, MD, DDS (2014)
Ralph Roberts, DDS (2015)
Sebastiano Andreana, DDS, MSc (2016)
Salah Huwais, DDS (2017)
Dennis P. Tarnow, DDS (2018)

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