American Academy of Implant Dentistry and Foundation recognize outstanding dentists

October 19, 2017

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) recognized four dentists with the highest awards given by the Academy during its recently concluded 66th Annual Conference. 

Named the recipient of the Aaron Gershkoff/Norman Goldberg Memorial Award was Alfred “Duke” Heller, DDS, MS, FAAID, DABOI/ID.  The award is named after the first two presidents of the Academy and recognizes outstanding contribution to AAID and the field of implant dentistry. Dr. Heller, of Lewis Center, Ohio, is the founder of the Midwest Implant Institute (MII) that has trained thousands of dentists in one-on-one surgical experience since 1980.  Heller is board certified in oral implantology by the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID) having also served as its President.  Dr. Heller practiced dentistry for 51 years, of which 23 years were with his son, Dr. Robert Heller, a prosthodontist, who helped in training the dentists going through the MII Externship Program.

The 2017 recipient of the Isaih Lew Memorial Research Award is Salah Huwais, DDS, FAAID, DABOI/ID.  This prestigious award is presented by the AAID Foundation to an individual who has contributed significantly to research in implant dentistry.  Dr. Huwais is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a Diplomate of the ABOI/ID.  Dr. Huwais has been published in several peer reviewed publications and has been awarded a U.S. Patent for fluted osteotome and surgical method for use. His research on ossseodensification has made a significant impact on the practice of implant dentistry.   Dr. Huwais maintains a private practice in Jackson, Michigan.

Hamilton Sporborg, DDS, FAAID, DABOI/ID, of Chatham, Massachusetts, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Paul Johnson Service Award. The award recognizes outstanding service to AAID as exemplified by the late Dr. Paul Johnson, a past president and active volunteer for the AAID.  Dr. Sporborg is an Honored Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and a Diplomate of the ABOI/ID, as well as a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry.  As a member of the AAID Foundation Board he contributes greatly—of time and money—to help the AAID Foundation become one of the major sources funds for implant research projects around the world.  He consistently and promptly reviews grant applications.  Dr. Sporborg has served effectively on the Admissions and Credentials Board as well as an Examiner for the Oral Case/Part 2 examinations. He has served as a member of the Honored Fellows Committee for several years.

Mahesh Verma, MDS, MBA, PhD of India has been chosen to receive the International Dentist of the Year Award. This award has only been given twice before. Previous recipients were Dr. Manuel Chanavaz of France and Dr. Shankar Iyer of the United States. It is given to an AAID member who has demonstrated a significant contribution to the AAID by way of growth in membership internationally and scholarly activities. Dr. Verma is the Director and Principal of Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (M.A.I.D.S ), named as the best dental college among the 325 dental schools in India by and He attended the 2ndAnnual MaxiCourse® presented in India and went on to co-sponsor the AAID India MaxiCourse® in New Delhi through his institution.  He is the recipient of several international prestigious awards including the highest civilian award in India (Padma Shree).  

Established in 1951, the AAID is the only implant organization that offers dental implant credentials recognized by state and federal courts as bona fide. Its membership, which exceeds 6,000, includes general dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists and prosthodontists from across the United States and in 60 other countries.

For more information about the AAID and its credentialed members, visit the American Academy of Implant Dentistry’s website at or call the AAID at 312-335-1550 or 877-335-AAID (2243).                

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