UConn Prosthodontist Wins Top Honors at Annual Meeting

Dr. Avinash Bidra was recognized for his contributions as a dental educator.

Dr. Avinash Bidra receives the 2023 Educator of the Year Award from the American College of Prosthodontists during the 2023 Annual Session in San Diego. (American College of Prosthodontists photo)

A UConn prosthodontist recently received top honors from the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) for their outstanding contributions to academic dentistry.

At the 2023 Annual Session of the ACP this fall, Dr. Avinash Bidra, clinical professor and director of UConn’s post-graduate prosthodontics program, received the 2023 Educator of the Year Award for his exceptional skills as a dental educator. Bidra has previously received the Distinguished Clinician Award by the American College of Prosthodontists.

“I’m not at all surprised by Dr. Bidra’s recognition,” said Dr. Thomas Taylor, professor and chair of prosthodontics at the UConn School of Dental Medicine. “He has rapidly become a national leader in the specialty and his program is recognized worldwide for its excellence.”

Dr. Akanksha Srivastava, a 2018 graduate of UConn’s residency program, was also honored at the annual meeting. Srivastava received the Junior Educator of the Year Award for her contributions as a junior dental educator. Srivastava is currently at the University of Illinois-Chicago where she serves as a maxillofacial prosthodontist.