The ACD Metro Washington Section and ICD Washington, DC Chapter held their Joint Meeting on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Positano Ristorante in Bethesda, MD.

ACD Executive Director, Dr. Theresa Gonzales, gave a very informative and interesting presentation on Ethics in Dentistry.

Dr. George Thomas, ICD DC Deputy Regent introduced the ICD 2018 Howard University College of Dental Medicine Student Award recipients Dr. Shamoona Sharif for Humanitarian and Dr. Richard Long for Leadership.

Read more about these outstanding recipients below.


Photo (L to R): Dr. George Thomas, ICD DC Deputy Regent, Humanitarian Award recipient Dr. Shamoona Sharif from Howard University College of Dental Medicine., and ICD Student Leadership Award recipient Dr. Richard Long at the Joint ACD and ICD Meeting on 5/2/18 in Bethesda, MD.


Dr. Shamoona Sharif – Born in Pakistan, Shamoona started volunteering long before she entered the field of Dentistry. She came to Howard as a Dental Hygiene student and earned RDH certificate and joined the dental school. During her time at HUCD she was very much involved in many mission trips and MOM projects. She participated in mission trips to Nicaragua and Pakistan and the Remote Area Medical Mission in VA.

Shamoona has been very active in many organizations including ASDA, SNDA and served as Vice President of the Student Chapter of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). She is a recipient of the ADEA Academic Careers Fellowship Program which assisted in enhancing her skills in teaching and mentoring.

Upon graduation, Shamoona will be doing a 1-year GPR at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Her future goals include private practice, involvement in community outreach programs as well as annual mission trips to her homeland of Pakistan.

Dr. Richard Long – A Native of Richmond, Virginia, has been involved in academic leadership throughout his dental school career. During D2 and D3 years, he served as Vice President of the class. He also served as student liaison for DC Dental Society, on the College of Dentistry academic and operations committee, Hilltop; the Howard Newspaper Policy Board, Co-Chair of several community outreach programs & currently serves as President of the Class of 2018.

Richard's passion and desire for equality, as well as mentorship, have led to his active involvement in service organizations promoting professional advancement. More specifically, Richard served as President of the Delta Mu Chi Fraternity Inc., the only interdisciplinary health fraternity for minority males in the country (founded at Howard College of Dentistry) that is comprised of Medical, Dental and Pharmacy health professionals.

After graduation, he will be attending a General Practice Residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. His future goals include private practice, involvement in organized dentistry and being active in mentorship and outreach programs to underprivileged youth.


Plaques were given during the honors and awards ceremony at Howard Univerity on May 11, 2018. The ICD DC Chapter also gave a cash award to the recipients during the dinner.

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