July 17, 2013
WSDA member Dr. John R. Liu was named Pediatric Dentist of the Year by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children’s oral health. The group announced the winners of their yearly, prestigious awards at its 66th Annual Session in Orlando.Liu was chosen because of his "significant contributions to the dental profession and the specialty of pediatric dentistry through clinical practice, academics or policy development over the past year, and for his extensive volunteer leadership service to the dental profession and the specialty."
Liu is Managing Partner at Eastside Pediatric Dental Group and is on the attending staff of Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is an examiner for the Oral Clinical Examination of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Liu was president of the AAPD from 2010-2011, served on the board of trustees as a district trustee, parliamentarian, and officer, and chaired several Academy committees. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. Other offices he has held include: president, Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; chair, Washington State Oral Health Coalition; dental chief, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic; president, Seattle Children’s Museum. He is a past faculty member of the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
"Every year, the AAPD honors those who have performed exceptionally well in many distinct ways, ranging from service to their community, to caring for the underserved, to honoring lifetime achievement," said Dr. Joel H. Berg, immediate past president of the AAPD. "We continue to be marveled with the ever more impressive work done by so many to help our nation’s children."