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Lisa Pyun, DDS '16, Receives Clendenin Award

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Written by Adam Zewe

Dental student Lisa Pyun, DDS '16, received the Dr. George B. Clendenin Award during a ceremony in Annapolis, Md., on Dec. 3. The annual award, which is presented by the Maryland Constituent Chapter of the International College of Dentists (ICD), recognizes the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) student who attains the highest academic standing during his or her first year of dental school. The award was established in 1984 in memory of Dr. Clendenin, a UMSOD alumnus who served as a former president of the U.S. section of the ICD. "I feel honored to receive the Clendenin Award. It is very gratifying to be recognized for my hard work," states Pyun.

Pyun, of Silver Spring, Md., majored in physiology and neurobiology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She decided to enroll at UMSOD after shadowing a team of oral & maxillofacial surgeons. That experience taught Pyun that dentistry involves much more than aesthetics. "Your oral health can be a window into the overall health of your entire body. That idea really sparked my interest in dentistry," Pyun remarks.

She has enjoyed the opportunity to serve the community as a dental student. Pyun helped provide dental care for underserved children and adults at the first annual Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy in Laurel this August. "I felt very humbled to see how many people really needed dental treatment. I was glad to be able to give back using the skills I've learned," she states.

She looks forward to putting her knowledge into practice in the UMSOD clinics next year. Pyun, who speaks fluent Korean, is particularly interested in serving patients who speak English as a second language.

In her spare time, Pyun enjoys playing classical piano. A pianist since age 6, Pyun has participated in numerous musical competitions and won a college scholarship because of her musical abilities.

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