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Dr. G. Fräns Currier Selected for the 2023 O.B. Vaughan Special Recognition Award by The American Board of Orthodontics


G. Fräns Currier

The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) has named G. Fräns Currier, D.D.S., M.S.D., M.Ed., of Oklahoma City, Okla., as the recipient of the 2023 O.B. Vaughan Special Recognition Award.

The O.B. Vaughan Special Recognition Award honors an individual who has significantly contributed to orthodontic education and furthered the ideals of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). The award is named in honor of Dr. O.B. Vaughan, an ABO past president. The award was presented on April 24 at the ABO Awards Night in Chicago held in conjunction with the American Association of Orthodontists Annual Session.

Dr. Currier is the David Ross Boyd professor emeritus in the Division of Orthodontics at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. A member of the University of Oklahoma faculty since 1980, he was chair of the Department of Orthodontics and the Division of Developmental Dentistry from 2005 to 2018. He was head of the Division of Orthodontics from 2018 to 2020 and held the Ram S. Nanda Chair in Orthodontics from 2008 to 2020.

Board certified by the ABO since 2002 and recertified in 2013, Dr. Currier was honored by the ABO in 2013 with the Dale B. Wade Award of Excellence in Orthodontics. He is a member of the College of Diplomates of the ABO. Dr. Currier also is certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Currier has received numerous honors from the University of Oklahoma, including Outstanding Professorial Achievement in 2017, the Presbyterian Health Foundation Presidential Professorship from 2008-2012, Outstanding Contributions to Faculty Governance in 1999, and the Regent’s Award for Superior Accomplishment in Professional and University Service in 1998. He received the first Dean’s Service Award from the College of Dentistry in 1997.

In 2011, the Southwestern Society of Orthodontists presented Dr. Currier with the Martin Dewey Memorial Award, its highest award. Dr. Currier is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Currier has published extensively and has lectured in the United States and abroad. He is an editorial consultant to The Angle Orthodontist, the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and the World Journal of Orthodontics. He is a past president of the Oklahoma State Pediatric Dentistry Society and the Oklahoma Orthodontic Society. He is a past chair of the Oklahoma sections of the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists.

He obtained his dental degree from the University of Michigan in 1967 and then served in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps from 1967 to 1969 in the Philippines. He earned his master’s degree and certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Washington in 1971, followed in 1977 by his certificate in orthodontics from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 1984.

On receiving the award, Dr. Currier said, “Our leaders in the ABO and those in orthodontic education have a profound and positive influence with our current and future members of the orthodontic profession. It is my privilege to accept this recognition for my fellow colleagues and alumni, an award named for an outstanding professional, O.B. Vaughan.”