WSDA Citizen of the Year

Dr. Beatrice Gandara 2019 WSDA Citizen of the Year

2019 WSDA Citizen of the Year: Dr. Beatrice Gandara

For more than 30 years, University of Washington School of Dentistry Professor Beatrice “Bea” Gandara has leveraged her passion for dentistry and service to others to inspire new generations of dentists while also increasing access to care.

Her work with middle and high school students, as well as pre-dental undergrads, has had immense influence on building a pipeline of young people who are interested in dentistry and come from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Read Dr. Gandara's Story

About the Citizen of the Year

The WSDA Citizen of the Year Award is given each year to recognize a member dentist who has given outstanding service to a domestic and/or foreign community; to encourage others toward such activity; to reinforce values of service to the profession; and to promote the image of dentistry.
  • Previous Citizen of the Year Award Recipients

2020 Citizen of the Year Nominations

WSDA encourages members to begin thinking of dentists doing selfless, charitable work in their communities! Nominations for the 2020 Citizen of the Year will open in the spring, and the award will be presented at the 2020 House of Delegates​.