Dr. George Zarb to Receive Alpha Omega International Dental Society’s Highest Honor


Alpha Omega Dental Society (AO) announces the recipient of the 2023 Achievement Medal Award, Dr. George Zarb. This award is presented to a recipient or organizations that are outstanding for their contributions to dentistry or its allied professions.

The formal presentation of the Achievement Medal Award to Dr. Zarb will take place at the AO annual convention from June 21–25, 2023, in Toronto, with the award night on June 25th

Previous Achievement Award Medal awardees include Albert Einstein, Ph.D.; Jonas E. Salk, MD, ScD; Per-Ingvar Branemark, MD, PhD; Harry Sicher, MD, ScD; D.Walter Cohen, DDS; and Ronald Goldstein, DDS.

“The Achievement Medal Award Committee members were highly impressed by Dr. Zarb’s outstanding contribution to dental medicine and education and voted unanimously to have Dr. Zarb’s name added to the prestigious list of Alpha Omega’s Achievement Award Medal recipients,” said Professor Adam Stabholz, Former Dean, the Hebrew University-Hadassah, School of Dental Medicine, Past AO International President, and 2012 AO Achievement Award Medal recipient.

“The prosthodontic community globally is very aware of George Zarb’s excellent and sustained scholarship, teaching, and service both as a professor at the University of Toronto and as Editor of the International Journal of Prosthodontics, Past-President of the Academy of Prosthodontics, and many other key positions. George Zarb received the Order of Canada, a fitting acknowledgment in Canada of the widespread contributions that George Zarb has made to dentistry and healthcare generally,” said Dr. Gail Schupak, 2023 Alpha Omega International Dental Society International President.

Dr. George Zarb

Dr. George Zarb received his BChD magna cum laude from the Royal University of Malta and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and went to the University of Michigan, from which he received his MS and his DDS. He then undertook further studies in graduate prosthodontics at Ohio State University, earning a Diploma in Prosthodontics and a second MS.

From 1963 to 1965, Professor Zarb was in private practice in Toronto and taught part-time in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto. In 1966 he was appointed assistant professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Prosthodontics while maintaining a part-time special practice that extended throughout his career. He was promoted to associate professor and was Head of the Discipline of Prosthodontics from 1971 to his retirement in 2004. From 1997 to 2001, he also held the position of associate dean, Clinical Studies.

Dr. Zarb was a co-founder of the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada. He sat on the executive committees of four other bodies, each of which he also served as president: the Canadian Academy of Prosthodontics (1970-1975), the Association of Prosthodontists (1971-1976), the International College of Prosthodontists (1988-1997), and the Academy of Prosthodontists (1989-1998).

He was instrumental in establishing prosthodontics as a recognized specialty in Ontario. At a groundbreaking conference in Toronto in 1982, considered the most important of the 11 he organized, he introduced osseointegration to North America. Professor Zarb’s significant contributions to the advancement of the discipline have made him one of the most respected scholars in the field of prosthodontics. He has written or edited 15 textbooks, contributed chapters to sixteen others, and authored or co-authored over 150 scientific publications. He has served as an editorial board member of 7 dental journals. He is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Prosthodontics.

Alpha Omega Dental Society

Founded in 1907, the Alpha Omega Dental Society’s mission is to offer dentists, oral health professionals, and students a welcoming fraternal community that honors the organization’s Judaic heritage, provides opportunities to attain professional excellence, and promotes access to oral health care for all.