ATLANTA, OCTOBER 19, 2017
Dr. Bunnag received the ADA Humanitarian Award during the 2017 ADA Annual Meeting.
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Congratulations Dr. Bunnag!
Photo: Dr. Bunnag gave a wonderful presentation at our 2017 Fellowship Orientation Program in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
CHICAGO, Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/—In recognition of more than three decades of service, which includes a continuing commitment to Thailand and her community in Maryland, the American Dental Association announced today that ICD USA Section Fellow Dr. Usa Bunnag has been named the 2017 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient. She will be honored at ADA 2017 – America's Dental Meeting, taking place in Atlanta from October 19-23.
A native of Thailand, Dr. Bunnag immigrated to the United States when she was 14. After earning her dental degree and founding a private practice, Dr. Bunnag increasingly focused her attention on service. She is best-known for the charity she founded, Smiles on Wings, which aims to improve the health and well-being of underserved communities in Thailand. Since 2003, Dr. Bunnag has recruited volunteers to join her for biannual trips to Thailand to deliver dental care and humanitarian aid.
In 2014, following the success of the ADA Foundation Post Tsunami Dental Reconstruction project, Smiles on Wings built a permanent clinic in southern Thailand to continue to serve the community. With additional fundings from other grantors, including the ICD USA Section Foundation grant in 2015, the clinic is now fully operational and can serve the community year-round.
In a January 2016 trip to the clinic, Dr. Bunnag and her team of volunteers performed 565 dental treatments.
Original news release written by: Natalie Matthews with the ADA (firstname.lastname@example.org)