February 15, 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, with the help of a grant from the ADA Foundation, Smiles on Wings built a permanent dental clinic in southern Thailand. The clinic was created to serve the needs of the local community, which had been devastated by a 2004 tsunami. In a January 2016 trip to the clinic, Dr. Bunnag and her team of volunteers performed 565 dental treatments.

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Written by: Natalie Matthews with the ADA (matthewsn@ada.org)  

In 2015, the ICD USA Section Foundation contributed $18, 000 to Smile on Wings.

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