Leo Rouse Receives the Distinguished Service Award From the American Dental Association

Leo E. Rouse, retired dean of the College of Dentistry at Howard University in Wahington, D.C., has been given the Distinguished Service Award from the American Dental Association.

Dr. Rouse served as dean at Howard University from 2005 to 2015. Before becoming dean, Dr. Rouse served as associate dean for clinical affairs. He also was chair of the department of clinical dentistry. Dr.Rouse was the first African American to serve as president of the American Dental Education Association.

Earlier, Dr. Rouse served in the U.S. Army for nearly a quarter century. He was the commander of the U.S. Army Dental Command. In this role, he managed 172 dental clinics, 4,000 personnel (officers, enlisted soldiers, and civilians) and a budget of $180 million. “If you can’t bite, you can’t fight,” Dr. Rouse said.

“I love being a dentist because in my professional career I have been fortunate to work in an environment that improves the overall health of patients in a military, civilian and academic setting,” Dr. Rouse said. “I have also been blessed as an educator to help influence the next generation of dentists in their contributions to improve the overall health of patients.”

Dr. Rouse holds a bachelor’s degree and a doctor of dental science degree from Howard University.

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