The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce New York dentist Fabiola Milord, DDS, MPH, FAGD, as a recipient of its prestigious Humanitarian Award. Milord was presented the award during the AGD Annual Meeting in Chicago.
“Dr. Milord has exhibited a sense of responsibility toward the well-being of mankind and in her service to those in need,” said Gerald J. Botko, DMD, MS, MAGD, AGD president. “She continues to bring honor to the dental profession with her many accomplishments and tenacious efforts to ensure everyone has access to quality oral care.”
The award is presented to an AGD member who has been an exemplary contributor of the dental profession and their community. The recipient of the humanitarian award has selflessly sacrificed their own time and resources to better serve the public.
Milord has participated in more than 50 medical missions to provide treatment to impoverished men, women and children in the United States as well as Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, South Africa, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, the Bahamas and more.
“Humanitarian service is more than just performing dentistry,” said Milord. “It’s about changing people’s lives. It’s about diversity of people and culture. It’s about the underbelly of the human condition and what contributions you make to improve it. It’s about impacting those who would otherwise go without.”
Milord’s first experience with humanitarian service came shortly after graduation. Three years into dental practice, she was feeling disillusioned with the profession, which felt like a financial grind. She was approached by the Max Cadet Dental Foundation about donating dental services at its newly built clinic in Haiti. Milord went on to serve on numerous other missions as well as work for charitable organizations, including as dental director from 2005 to 2013 for Catholic Charities Health Systems, Diocese of Rockville Centre. She also pursued a Master of Public Health degree, which she received from New York University in 2013. She has served in leadership positions for numerous dental organizations, including the Nassau County Dental Society, and the New York Academy of Oral Rehabilitation.
Milord, who maintains a private practice in New Hyde Park, NY since 2015 continues to be active with the AGD and other dental organizations. She holds membership and leadership roles with the New York State Dental Association, New York University College of Dentistry Alumni Association, Nassau County Dental Society, American Dental Education Association, NOAH-NY Medical Mission, American College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy (Fellow), American Dental Association, and the New York Academy of Oral Rehabilitation.