Sokal-Gutierrez wins UCSF achievement award for global oral health work

June 18, 2014

Karen Sokal-Guitierrez, associate clinical professor with the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, recently received the 2014 Faculty Award for Achievement in Global Oral Health from the UCSF School of Dentistry as a tribute to the impact of her work and to encourage excellence in the emerging field of global oral health.

Sokal-Gutierrez is a physician trained in pediatrics, preventive medicine, and public health, with a focus on maternal and child health, particularly improving early childhood health. She has worked in global health for more than 30 years, including for the past 10 years leading a family of studies on children’s oral health and nutrition in El Salvador, Ecuador, Peru, Vietnam, Nepal, and India, in which over 200 volunteer students and health professionals have participated.

The award was presented at UCSF's annual Global Oral Health Symposium on May 5. Sokal-Gutierrez was also a keynote speaker at the symposium and gave a talk titled “Observations from the Field: The Importance of Considering Life Course in Early Childhood Caries.”

More information:
The Global Children’s Oral Health and Nutrition Program: Students learn by doing good (January 10, 2014)
An interview with Dr. Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, 
associate clinical professor, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (Fall 2013, video)
Professor takes on a global health crisis, one toothbrush at a time (June 15, 2012)