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Harold Jaffe MD MA FFPH 

Nominees should have made major contributions in science, education, or public policy related to OSAP's core competencies of dental infection control, office safety and occupational health. This award, named in honor of one of the founding fathers of dental infection control, recognizes lifetime achievement in the field.


Harold Jaffe MD MA FFPH   

Recipient of the 2014
Dr. James J. Crawford Award

(Pictured left to right: John O'Keefe BDentSc MDentSc MBA, Harold Jaffe MD MA FFPH and Tim Lorencovitz MBA.)

Dr. Jaffe received his undergraduate degree in genetics from the University of California, Berkeley, and his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He trained in internal medicine at the UCLA Medical Center and in infectious diseases at the University of Chicago hospitals.

He served as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  In 1981, he joined a CDC task force investigating a new disease, soon to become known as AIDS.  He led the first national case-control study to determine risk factors for the disease and the first natural history study of HIV.  Over the next 2 decades, he served in leadership positions in CDC’s expanding HIV/AIDS programs and in 2001 became Director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention.  He also spent a sabbatical year at The Institute of Cancer Research in London, UK.

In 2004, Dr. Jaffe accepted a position as Fellow of St Cross College and Head of the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford.  At Oxford, he established a new master’s degree program in Global Health Science.  The course has trained more than 130 students, half of whom come from developing countries.  In June 2010, he returned to CDC to become the Associate Director of Science. 

Dr. Jaffe is a member of the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and has been a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health.  His research interests include a focus on HIV/AIDS and global health.


Previous honorees:

1998: James J. Crawford PhD
1999: John Molinari PhD
2000: Robert Runnells DDS
2001: Walter W. Bond MS RCSA
2002: Herman H. Langkamp III MS
2003: Chris Miller PhD
2004: John Young DDS MSc
2005: Donald Marianos DDS MPH
2006: Robert Kolstad PhD
2007: Sam Rosen PhD
2008: William Rutala PhD MPH
2009: Eve Cuny RDA MS
2010: A. Enrique Acosta-Gio DDS PhD
2011: Jennifer Cleveland DDS MPH 
2012: Jennifer Harte DDS MS

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AEGIS Communications

This award named after one of the founding members of OSAP, recognizes superior service to the organization and may recognize either continuous contributions over a period of time or singular accomplishments. The nominee's efforts should have resulted in tangible benefits to the continuing advancement of OSAP's mission to be Dentistry's Resource for Infection Control and Safety. Nominees may be either HCPs or corporate members.


AEGIS Communications

Recipient of the 2014
Dr. Milton E. Schaefer Award

(Pictured left to right: John O'Keefe BDentSc MDentSc MBA, Daniel Perkins, Anthony Angelini and Tim Lorencovitz MBA)

AEGIS Communications is an "Education First" company focused on content creation, distribution and curation for the oral health markets.  Journal titles include Inside Dentistry, The Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, Inside Dental Assisting and Inside Dental Technology. AEGIS enhances access to educational materials through its websites,, CDE, and   Powered by DentalAEGIS, the Web platform affords access to live events and webinars, the AEGIS archives, digital editions, special issues, event calendars, and resource pages, as well as news and online-only features.

Previous honorees:

2002: Milton Schaefer DDS MLA
2003: Mel Rouse
2004: Shannon Mills DDS
2005: Charles John Palenik PhD MS MBA
2006: Kathy Eklund RDH MHP
2007: Gayle MacDonald PhD
2008: Jennifer Cleveland DDS MPH
2009: Andy Whitehead
2010: Nancy Tomich Zapp and Lois Cohen PhD
2011: John Hunt OBE FFGDP(UK) BDS
2012: Cheryl Wolf CDA BS
2013: Karen Gregory RN

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James A. Cottone Award for Excellence in Investigative Research

This award is named for one of the founders of OSAP who exemplified the best in infection control and safety research.


Pictured right:
Evandro Watanabe PhD
Recipient of the 2008
Dr. James A. Cottone Award

(Pictured left, presenting the award:
Shannon Mills DDS FAGD FICD)

Evandro Watanabe PhD is the recipient of the 2008 Dr. James A. Cottone Award for his research poster entitled "Dental Unit Water: Contamination with Oral Bacteria After Flushing Water." There was no recipient in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Previous honorees:

1999: Ruby Singh
2000: Kathleen O'Keefe RN
2001: Charles John Palenik PhD
2002: Nuala Porteous DDS and Robert Cooley DMD MS
2003: Joyce M. Galligan RN DDS
2004: Enrique Acosta-Gio DDS PhD
2005: Ralph Leonard DDS MPH
2007: Charles Palenik PhD MS MBA
2008: Evandro Watanabe PhD

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Bradley Kasson DDS
This special award for leadership bestowed at its discretion to specifically recognize individuals whose vision, works or achievements have significantly influenced and broadly shaped dental infection control. Unlike other awards, the special leadership recognition is not given annually. This is OSAP’s first Special Recognition Award for Leadership.

Bradley Kasson DDS

Recipient of the 2014
Special Recognition Award for Leadership

(Pictured left to right: O'Keefe BDentSc MDentSc MBA, Bradley Kasson DDS and Tim Lorencovitz MBA)

Dr. Bradley Kasson is the Dental Director of Dakota AIDS Education and Training Center, University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He also is a Clinical Instructor of Community Medicine, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Kasson retired in May as Associate Director of the Surgery/Specialty Care Service Line and the Chief, Dental Service with the Fargo VA Health Care system.  He also served as the Consultant for Infection Control, VA Office of Dentistry and was lead author for Infection Control Standards for VA Dental Clinics, which was released in October 2013.

Dr. Kasson is a graduate of the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry.  He served several years with the United States Navy as a dentist with the Marines in North Carolina.   He is retired from the North Dakota Air National Guard after serving as Base Dental Surgeon for 20 years.  He was in private practice for three years before joining the VA in 1978.

Dr. Kasson balances work responsibilities with bicycling, motorcycling, landscaping, reading, and time at his Minnesota lake cabin with family (three children, five grandchildren and a beloved wife of 43 years). He credits whatever he may have accomplished to the help and influence of others. 

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Bette and Paul Schwarz Award for Volunteerism

Kathy Marianos

This award, named in honor of the Schwarz's for their innumerable contributions of time and service to the OSAP Symposium, recognizes volunteers who go over-and-above in helping the organization achieve its goals through their volunteer service.


Kathy Marianos

Recipient of the 2014
Bette and Paul Schwarz Award

(Pictured left to right: John O'Keefe BDentSc MDentSc MBA, Kathy Marianos and Tim Lorencovitz MBA)

OSAP is pleased to give the next Schwarz Award to Kathy Marianos. Kathy, wife of OSAP Foundation Board Chairman Dr. Don Marianos, has supported the organization by volunteering at many past OSAP symposia in a variety of activities. However, her major contribution has been with the OSAP’s annual fundraising auction.  She has solicited and secured donations over many years and worked with Auction Chair, Jean Wolff, on many of the details leading up to and including the night of the auction.  Kathy epitomizes what the Bette & Paul Schwarz Volunteer award is all about.

Previous honorees:

2003: Bette Schwarz LPN CDA and her husband, Paul
2004: Claire Pagliara RN MSN PhD and her son, Jeff
2005: Sharon Dickinson CDA CDPMA
2006: Helene Bednarsh RDH MPH
2007: Teresa Ludwig MT
2008: Cheryl Wolf BS CDA
2009: Jean Wolff RDH MEd
2010: Matt Deck
2011: Linda Basquill DDS
2012: Pamela Head and Norma Rychwalski
2013: Susan Bailey


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OSAP wishes to recognize and thank Crosstex International
for its generous support of these prestigious awards.





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