Ayers Honored at 20th Annual Meeting of Society of American Indian Dentists
Frank Ayers, D.D.S., Creighton University School of Dentistry’s associate dean for student affairs and director of admissions, was honored at the 20th annual national meeting of the Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID) on Creighton’s campus May 21-22.
Ayers, who is retiring in June, has been a passionate advocate in recruiting Native American dentists, and served as the principal investigator for a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Dental Pipeline program for that purpose.
Creighton University has the highest number of Native American students in the nation in its dental program—11 first and second year students are enrolled for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Dr. Ayers received a traditional American Indian blanket as a symbol of honor from SAID and is pictured here with George Blue Spruce, D.D.S., the first American Indian dentist and a 1956 Creighton dental graduate.