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Dr. Matthew Anderson named 2010 Wands Fellow at UW School of Dentistry

2010WandsFellowMattAndersonThe University of Washington School of Dentistry is pleased to announce the choice of Dr. Matthew R. Anderson, a first-year graduate student at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, to receive the 2010 David H. Wands Endowment Fellowship in Graduate Prosthodontics. He is the 11th recipient of the $10,000 annual award.
Dr. Anderson, 32, received a DMD in 2009 from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. A native of Boise, Idaho, he received a BA in History of Art and Visual Culture in 2002 from Boise State University. He plans to pursue a career in private practice and also devote time to dental education.
"I was drawn to dentistry as a profession for several reasons," Dr. Anderson said. "It's one of the few disciplines where my artistic abilities and creativity can be combined with scientific principles to improve the quality of life of others, and it will also allow me to own my own business and the freedom to select my practice location."
"I also enjoy working directly with patients, and I've come to really value the rapport and relationships that develop over the course of treatment. This interpersonal aspect of dentistry, as well as a great interest in restorative dentistry coupled with a desire to become a master treatment planner, led me to pursue advanced training in Prosthodontics at the University of Washington."
Dr. Anderson's awards include the 2009 International Association of Student Clinicians-American Dental Association Graduate Fellowship Award, along with several honors from the University of Pennsylvania: the Achievement Award in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Dentsply Student Clinician Award, Drabkin Memorial Prize for Research in Biochemistry, Quintessence Award for Research Achievement, and Quintessence Award for Clinical Achievement. He is a member of the American Dental Association, International Association of Student Clinicians-American Dental Association, and American College of Prosthodontists.