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Dr. John O’Keefe receives the Pierre Fauchard Academy’s 2015 Elmer S. Best Award

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On November 7, the Pierre Fauchard Academy conferred the Elmer S. Best Award for 2015 on Dr. John O’Keefe, CDA Director of Knowledge Networks, at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The award is the Academy’s pinnacle honour for dentists who reside outside the United States of America. Dr. O’Keefe is the 9th Canadian to receive this award since its introduction in 1962.

During the induction ceremony, the Academy’s Gold Medal was conferred on Dr. Henry Gremillion, dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at Louisiana State University, the Straumann dental implant company received the Dental Trade and Industry Recognition Award, and Professor P-I Brånemark was inducted posthumously into the Academy’s Hall of Fame.

According to the Elmer S. Best award citation, Dr. O’Keefe received the award for his dedication to excellence in the provision of information services, building a sense of professional community and advancing dentistry to the highest level. Dr. O’Keefe is quick to attribute his receipt of this award to the forward looking leadership at CDA and to a dedicated and professional CDA Knowledge Networks team who are keen to be on the leading edge of modern communications with a professional community.

The CDA Knowledge Networks team created a short video tribute that introduced Dr. O’Keefe to attendees at the PFA awards ceremony:

You can also watch Dr. O’Keefe’s acceptance speech here:


  1. Euan Swan November 10, 2015

    Congratulations John for being recognized for all that you do to make the world a better place!

  2. George Grayson November 11, 2015

    Congratulations thank you. George Grayson

  3. John Wilson November 11, 2015

    Way to go John. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication

  4. Ian Matthew November 12, 2015

    A most apt award is given to such a deserving individual. Congratulations, Dr. O’Keefe!

  5. Louis Dubé November 12, 2015

    Cher John,
    Felicitations pour cet honneur bien mérité!

  6. Huyen Ung November 13, 2015

    Congratulations John!!! A more than well deserved award for all your years of dedication to dentistry!

  7. Chris Bryant November 17, 2015

    it is good to know that Dr O’Keefe’s quiet, yet tireless, efforts not gone unrecognized. We are all the richer and wiser due to his influences on our profession, and us all as individuals. Thank you John for being a touchstone in my life.

  8. masimo June 7, 2019



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