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DC Dental Society Honors College of Dentistry Dean Leo Rouse


WASHINGTON – Howard University College of Dentistry Dean Leo E. Rouse, D.D.S., will be awarded the Sterling V. Mead Award by the DC Dental Society for distinguished contributions to society, the dental profession and research Tuesday, June 7, during the organization’s June meeting.

The award is named after a distinguished dentist and author who wrote several books on dentistry between 1935 and 1954, including Oral Surgery, Diseases of the Mouth and Anesthesia in Dental Surgery.

Dental Society President Patrick M. Grogan, D.D.S praised Rouse for his work in dentistry.

“Dean Rouse was chosen for the Sterling V Mead award for his outstanding contributions to dental education and for his continued efforts to foster the alliance between the DC Dental Society and Howard University College of Dentistry,” Grogan said.

Rouse is the president of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the voice of dental education in the United States and Canada.  As the first African American to hold the position, he will guide the association over his yearlong term.

ADEA is the accrediting body for all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and many allied and postdoctoral dental education programs, corporations, faculty and students.

Rouse is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He concluded his 24-year career as the commander and chief operating officer of the U.S. Army Dental Command, where he led the global operation of the Army Dental Corps. After starting a second career in academic dentistry, he was appointed dean of Howard University College of Dentistry in 2004.

Dean Leo E. Rouse
Rouse previously served as chair of the ADEA Council of Deans and as one of the four ADEA commissioners on the Commission of Dental Accreditation. In 2009, he was awarded an ADEA Presidential Citation for distinguished service to the association and dedication to the advancement of the dental education community. He is actively engaged in other dental organizations. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for the American Dental Association Foundation and the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc.

Rouse holds a D.D.S. degree from the Howard University College of Dentistry. In 1997, he received the Howard University College of Dentistry Alumni Achievement Award for distinguished service to the country and the profession of dentistry.

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