Dr. Jack Caton Honored with Endowed Fellowship

Apr. 20, 2015

Dr.  Jack CatonA public celebration to mark reaching the initial goal of the endowed fellowship to honor Dr. Jack G. Caton, chair and program director for Eastman Institute for Oral Health’s Periodontics program will take place at 3 p.m., May 8 at Eastman Institute for Oral Health, 625 Elmwood Avenue. Attendees will hear remarks from University of Rochester Medical Center CEO Dr. Mark Taubman, EIOH Director Dr. Eli Eliav, and alumni from Eastman’s Periodontics program.

The Jack Caton Endowed Fellowship was established to further his vision of academic excellence by providing a grant to one or more individuals committed to scholarly and clinical advancement in periodontology. The recipient will have an interest in pursuing an academic or administrative position in periodontology and have experience in related clinical, academic, administrative and/or clinical research.

Fellows will work closely with other faculty and staff to implement educational projects, learn educational theories, explore new teaching methods and develop skills in educational research and curriculum innovation.

“One of the important missions of Eastman Institute for Oral Health is to train the future leaders of dentistry,” said Dr. Eliav. “This award will be very effective in stimulating careers and to encourage people to consider full-time academics.”

Jack G. Caton, Jr., DDS, MS, has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to periodontology during his 40-year career. He has served his profession as commissioner for the Commission on Dental Accreditation and as director and chairman of the American Board of Periodontology. He is past president of the AAO and also served as secretary-treasurer and president of the AAP Foundation Board of Directors. His honors include The William J. Gies Award in Periodontology, the Gold Medal for contributions to the specialty of Periodontics from the American Academy of Periodontology, the 2008 Norton Ross Award winner for contributions to clinical research in dentistry, recognizing his 100+ published scientific articles and chapters on periodontal wound healing, animal models, diagnosis, and human clinical trials. Caton began teaching at EIOH following graduation and became program director in 1990.

He earned his dental degree from the Univ. of California, San Francisco and a U.S. Army certificate in Advanced General Dentistry. He also earned a master’s in Dental Science from the University of Rochester.