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Dr. Vinod Miriyala receives the Dr. James F. Quilty Jr. Champions of Oral Health Award, 2016

The purpose of the Dr. James F. Quilty, Jr. Award for Champions of Oral Health is to recognize a group of people, a program, or an individual who have distinguished themselves through actions to promote the oral health of Ohio’s children at a community or state level.  The first award was presented in December, 1992 and has been awarded annually to a deserving person or group. 

CINCINNATI (March 6, 2017) — Dr. James F. Quilty, Jr. served as the Chief of the Division of Maternal and Child Health, Ohio Department of Health from December 1980 to January 1993.  Dr. Quilty knew that oral health was an important part of health and under his leadership, the Department’s dental program grew in size and stature until it was recognized as one of the outstanding state dental public health programs in the United States.  If not for Dr. Quilty, and his support for oral health programs, many more Ohio children would suffer tooth decay and its sequelae.

In November, 1992, when Dr. Quilty announced his departure from ODH, the Bureau of Dental Health voted to establish the Dr. James F. Quilty, Jr. Award for Champions of Oral Health.  The purpose is to recognize a group of people, a program, or an individual who have distinguished themselves through actions to promote the oral health of Ohio’s children at a community or state level.  The first award was presented in December, 1992 and has been awarded annually to a deserving person or group. 

 
 Dr. Vinod Miriyala

The 2016 nomination of Dr. Vinod Miriyala highlighted the avenues taken, as well as the commitment necessary, in order to establish a local source of high quality ambulatory and general anesthesia care for underserved children in southern Ohio.

Dr. Brooke Williams, Dental Director at Family Medical Center of Ironton, stated “Dr. Miriyala showed unsurpassed dedication to his patients of Ohio. He is truly an immeasurable asset to our area.” He also pursued educating dental and non-dental providers about the critical need in rural communities and is an inspiration for others in public health.

 



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