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Woman with a mission

Dr. Kim Perry 2011 has proven to be an exciting year for Dr. Kim Perry, assistant professor in restorative sciences, who was elected chair of the National Dental Association board of trustees and recently received the NDAF/Colgate-Palmolive Faculty Recognition Award.

Perry on her research, faculty recognition award and quest to improve community oral health outcomes

For Dr. Kim Perry, assistant professor in restorative sciences and course director of dental materials, it’s “all about the mission.”

“My goals are kind of simple,” says Perry, who also is a recent NIH roadmap clinical and translational research scholar, and who will be promoted to associate professor Sept. 1. “I will continue to work to improve the oral health outcomes for the communities we serve through leadership, teaching, service and research opportunities.”

This mission correlates with Perry’s election as chair of the National Dental Association board of trustees and her receipt of the 2011 NDAF/Colgate-Palmolive Faculty Recognition Award in the category of teaching.

“I am proud to have received this award along with an award from the NDA for my service to the organization,” Perry says. Her goals are in line with the NDAF/Colgate-Palmolive Faculty Recognition Award, which honors individuals who have demonstrated excellence in professional development and a willingness to help others in their quest for knowledge and advancement.

Perry plans to use the associated monetary award to support her travels to present her research and scholarly activities in the area of health disparities.

“I have had the opportunity to work with a dedicated team of researchers who are members of the National Dental Association and whose goal is to develop the research arm of the NDA,” Perry says. “This research component is designed to address the health disparities of minorities, assist research faculty with developing questions and designing studies, facilitate collaborations and provide a venue for faculty and students to present meaningful research findings.”

Recently, under Perry’s leadership, the NDA took the lead in meeting with Georgia community leaders along with the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency, and Georgia State Directors, among other agencies, to address concerns regarding community fluoridation and its impact on kidney disease, diabetes, infants, dental and skeletal fluorosis within minority populations.

Although Perry has achieved much in her 23-year career in dentistry, including eight years in academia, she says the mission is not complete.

“I am excited about what lies ahead,” Perry says.