W. Patrick Naylor, DDS, MPH, MS, professor of restorative dentistry and former associate dean for Advanced Specialty Dental Education at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, was honored May 30, 2015, to receive the Gustav O. Kruger Lifetime Achievement in Dentistry Award from the Dental Alumni Board of Georgetown University at the 2015 Dental Alumni Reunion and Awards Dinner held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The award is “conferred upon an alumna/us or faculty member of the Georgetown University School of Dentistry who has rendered outstanding and exemplary community or professional service in support of the profession of dentistry."
Dr. Naylor is a 1978 graduate of the Georgetown University School of Dentistry. He earned a certificate in prosthodontics from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, a master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a master of science degree in dental materials from Indiana University. He served twice in the U.S. Air Force, first as a Russian linguist during a tour at the National Security Agency, and then as a prosthodontist until he retired at the rank of colonel.
Dr. Naylor has written five books (in dentistry and personal finance) and authored or coauthored numerous abstracts, articles, and textbook chapters. The second edition of his dental textbook, Introduction to Metal-Ceramic Technology, was released by the Quintessence Publishing Company in 2009 and published in eBook format in 2014.
His financial texts include, 10 Steps to Financial Success, A Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing (John Wiley & Sons) and Personal Finance for Healthcare Professionals (Loma Linda University Press). At the School of Dentistry Dr. Naylor founded an investment study club to educate dental students and residents on educational debt management, saving, and investing. He is co-editor of the eBook, Single Tooth Implants: From Diagnosis to Maintenance, released by the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation, Lucerne, Switzerland, in February 2015.
Dr. Naylor visited the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (aka North Korea) twice as part of dental missions with Samaritan’s Purse. In 2010 he taught a two-week course in metal-ceramic technology, lectured, and treated patients in the dental department of the Pyongyang Medical University Hospital. He returned to Pyongyang with a second Samaritan’s Purse delegation in 2011.
Although he now resides in Keswick, Virginia, Dr. Naylor continues a part time teaching position at the LLU School of Dentistry, writes in the areas of dentistry and personal finance, and serves as a consultant and editor for the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation.