The American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) recently awarded Lt. Jane Han (U.S. Navy), DMD, with the 2018 Federal Services Award.
About Dr. Han
Dr. Jane Han grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., where she attended the University of North Florida. She gained a deep appreciation for the opportunities given to her and wanted to give back to our country, so she joined the U.S. Navy through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. Dr. Han earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Upon graduation, she commissioned as a lieutenant and worked as a general dentist at Marine Corp Recruit Depot Parris Island in Beaufort, S.C.
Dr. Han currently serves aboard the USS New York, homeported in Mayport, Fla. She has accepted many responsibilities, including being the only dentist for the sailors and marines onboard. She also takes a special interest in tobacco cessation among the sailors and marines.
Dr. Han enjoys snorkeling, playing with her dog, and traveling with her husband, Alex, who is currently an endodontist in the Jacksonville, Fla., area.
2018 Federal Services Award
Presented by the American
Association of Women Dentists
AAWD President Dr. Berg states, “I am pleased with the selection of Dr. Jane Han to receive our Federal Services Award. We appreciate the military service she has provided and the leadership advice and mentoring she has offered to those in the dental field.”
AAWD Director of Federal Programs Dr. Carol Wong, Cdr., U.S. Coast Guard, comments, “Lt. Han’s accomplishments are highly commendable and well deserving of this award. Her dedication to duty is a reflection of her commitment to our profession, and through her leadership, she serves as a role model for other women dentists.”
Dr. Han’s nominator had this to say about her: “Since commissioning into United States Naval Service, Lt. Han has proven herself to be a role model for all sailors to aspire to become. Along with providing the best dental care to her crew, she always volunteers for extra duties to foster teamwork and inclusiveness. She has volunteered for extra assignments and operational billets and always makes time to mentor and educate service members who show interest in the dental field. She has mentored U.S. Navy corpsmen and Marines, who will be applying to dental school in the next few years. Lt. Han is a strong leader in U.S. Navy dental care, as well as an officer serving in the military. As the only female department head, she serves to encourage other women in the Navy to aspire to higher leadership positions.”
About the Award
The Federal Services Award recognizes the lifetime achievements made by an AAWD member dentist in the Federal Services arena. The award is presented to a woman dentist who exhibits role model qualities that positively reflect the image of women dentists and commitment to the profession. Dr. Han will be officially presented the Federal Services Award during the AAWD 97th Annual Conference, scheduled for October 4-6, 2018, in Savannah, Georgia.
Founded in 1893, the goal of the American Association of Women Dentists is to serve as the leading resource for advancing, connecting and enriching the lives of women dentists. AAWD offers a variety of programs and services that benefit the unique needs of women dentists. For more information, visit our website at aawd.org or call 800-920-32293.