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The American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) is pleased to announce Dr. Maxine Feinberg as the recipient of this year’s Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award.  President Dr. Karyl Patten presented the award to Dr. Feinberg on September 23, 2017, during the 96th Annual Conference of the AAWD at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

To honor Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the first woman to earn a doctorate in dentistry, the AAWD recognizes a woman dentist who, through outstanding achievements, exhibits qualities that positively reflect the image of women dentists and a commitment to the profession.  The Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award is the highest honor given by the AAWD and was first presented in 1983.

In her nomination, Dr. Feinberg was described as knowing the challenges women have faced in dentistry, continually demonstrating her value to the profession, not being easily dissuaded and always encouraging younger women dentists to get involved. 

As she accepted the award, Dr. Feinberg recalled thirty-one women in her graduating class at the New York University College of Dentistry.  She shared the trials her and her female classmates overcame.  She continued, reflecting on her professional achievements, “I had two mentors that encouraged me to get involved in organized dentistry Dr. Jean Leslie and Dr. Cecilia Dows…They told me, ‘It is really important to have women get involved in this profession.’ ”

In 2002, Dr. Feinberg was the first woman to serve as President of the New Jersey Dental Association.  She was appointed to the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry where she served for 10 years, one term as President.  Dr. Feinberg was on the American Dental Association (ADA) Board of Trustees, representing the Fourth District.  In 2013, she was elected President-elect of the ADA and, in 2014-15, she was the third female President of the ADA.  Dr. Feinberg opened her practice 30 years ago in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey.  In 1995, she moved the practice to its currently location in Cranford, New Jersey.

Dr. Feinberg charged the women in attendance- “I’m going to ask everyone in this room to continue to mentor, support the next generation because that’s what we do.  Continue to support each other as dentists, as Women Dentists,”

Dr. Feinberg is the 35th recipient of the Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award.

About AAWD:

In 1921, during the annual meeting of the American Dental Organization, the Federation of Women Dentists was formed. This organization, now known as the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD), is committed to “advancing, connecting and enriching the lives of women dentists.”  AAWD’s membership is comprised of a diverse group of women at different stages in their careers and working in all areas of dentistry. AAWD connects women of all generations to improve overall health of the people they serve as well as personal life. For 96 years, AAWD has been a trusted resource and voice for women in the dental profession.  For more information, visit


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For more information about the American Association of Women Dentists or about the Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award, contact the AAWD national office at 800-920-2293 or send an email to