Awards, Faculty and Staff

Swift Receives 2018 George M. Hollenback Memorial Prize

The Academy of Operative Dentistry awarded Professor of Operative Dentistry, Vice Dean for Education and Chief Academic Officer, Edward J. Swift, Jr., DMD, MS, with the 2018 George M. Hollenback Memorial Prize at the Academy’s 47th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The award recognizes Swift’s exceptional work, leadership, mentorship and lifetime achievements.

“There is no finer recipient for this award,” said UNC-CH School of Dentistry Dean Scott S. De Rossi. “Dr. Swift’s career is one of many notable accomplishments, and we are incredibly fortunate to call him one of our colleagues at the UNC School of Dentistry.”

The Hollenback Memorial Prize was established in 1975 as a memorial to the late George M. Hollenback for his distinguished research and leadership. The award is given for research that has contributed substantially to the advancement of restorative dentistry. Research from a broad range of topics is considered, from fundamental to applied research, and encompasses all levels of investigation from prevention of dental disease to development of improved materials and techniques. It is one of the highest awards from the Academy of Operative Dentistry.

“Over the years, the Hollenback Prize has been awarded to some of the giants of our profession,” said Swift. “I am truly humbled to receive this honor.”

Swift is recognized for his many years in education and his strong leadership of many outstanding clinicians in the field of operative dentistry. Swift received his degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and his master’s degree in operative dentistry from the University of Iowa. He practiced general dentistry in South Carolina for several years, and taught at the University of Mississippi and the University of Iowa.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, and the International Association for Dental Research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the Academy of Dental Materials. He was a founding member and past president of the Society for Color and Appearance in Dentistry.

Swift has also served on the Dentsply Corporate Education Advisory Board and the 3M Scientific Dentistry Board. He serves on the editorial boards of the “Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry,” “Operative Dentistry,” and the “American Journal of Dentistry,” and he has published more than 200 journal articles. Swift is a co-editor of a leading dental textbook, “Sturdevant’s Art and Science of Operative Dentistry.”