Dr. Christina Thompson and Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter

Dr. Christina Thompson receive’s Distinguished Alumni Award

On Friday, September 30, 2016, alumni, faculty, staff, students/residents, and guests gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel for the annual Alumni Reception for the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM). This was the first of many events held over the 2016 Alumni Weekend, from September 28 – October 2.

Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter welcomed everyone to what is reportedly the largest group ever assembled for the Alumni Reception.

Dr. Christina Thompson was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to the Community.

In presenting her award, Dean Hutter acknowledged that Dr. Thompson received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2006, where she graduated magna cum laude. Dr. Thompson’s community service at home and abroad is simply astonishing, and what earned her this distinction.

In 2006, she was GSDM’s first DMD student to be selected to go on a humanitarian mission; the only student chosen out of 110 applicants. Since then, she has volunteered and led six dental services missions to Nicaragua with the Northeast Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. In 2012, Dr. Thompson began organizing and leading humanitarian trips to Panama. Upon personal request by the First Lady of Panama, Dr. Thompson developed a new relationship and partnership to meet the dire oral health needs of the indigenous people of Panama. She has completed five mission trips to date, bringing her total number of trips to 11.

“I’m really proud to continue to work with the school as we continue to take students on our trips and promote the community service that BU supports,” said Dr. Thompson.

Dr. Thompson’s husband Neil was in the audience, as well as some of her fellow alums from the class of 2006 who were celebrating their 10th reunion.

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