Award Honors Dr. James Vaden

New AAO Foundation Named Award Honors Dr. James Vaden
Posted on 12/21/2021
 New AAO Foundation Named Award Honors Dr. James VadenA widely revered AAO member received a unique surprise during the Southern Association of Orthodontists 2021 meeting and centennial celebration, held October 7-9 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dr. James Vaden learned that the AAO Foundation has honored him by establishing the James L. Vaden Teaching Fellowship Award. The new AAOF named award recognizes Dr. Vaden's exceptional contributions to orthodontic education over the course of his career.

Dr. Vaden has been in orthodontic practice in Cookesville, Tennessee since graduating from the University of Tennessee orthodontic residency program in 1972. He joined the UT faculty as a clinical professor in 1980 and, from 1999 until 2010, was the chairman of the orthodontic program, successfully raising funds for many of the program's needs.

Recognizing the need for an updated clinical facility, Dr. Vaden developed a plan for a new clinic. Alumni leaders promoted the proposal, helping generate $800,000 in donations to support the clinic upgrade. The James L. Vaden Orthodontic Clinic was completed and dedicated in 2013.

Dr. Vaden is also a past president of the American Board of Orthodontics and a past Commission on Dental Accreditation commissioner for orthodontics. He served as Doctors Scientific Program co-chair of the 2017 and 2018 AAO Annual Sessions.

The AAO Foundation makes it possible to dedicate contributions in support of specific named awards. If you would like to honor Dr. Vaden with a donation, please visit the AAOF website and include his name in the "in honor of" field in the donation form.

Since 1994, the AAO Foundation has provided $14.6 million in support of orthodontic educators and researchers.

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