Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Joe Sokolowski was honored with the MDA Distinguished Service Award on November 8 at the annual Awards Banquet.

sokolowskiDr. Joseph Sokolowski, a general dentist from St. Louis, was honored with the Missouri Dental Association (MDA) Distinguished Service Award on November 8, 2019 at the Association’s annual House of Delegates and Awards Banquet. 

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a member with a long history of exemplary service and dedication to the dental profession and organized dentistry. 

Dr. Sokolowski’s commitment and dedication to the dental profession and organized dentistry is evidenced by his 37 consecutive years of membership and during this tenure, service in numerous leadership roles on the local, state and national levels. He has served as president of both the Greater St. Louis Dental Society and MDA. Dr. Sokolowski also was the MDA Speaker, a position that presides over the House and serves on the MDA Board of Trustees, and was a member of the Missouri Dental Insurance Services Board (the MDA’s wholly-owned insurance agency). Nationally, Dr. Sokolowski has been a Delegate to the American Dental Association (ADA) and has chaired its Sixth District Caucus. He has served on various councils and committees, and currently serves as a member of the ADA’s Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs. 

Dr. Sokolowski has participated in charitable dental clinic events including Give Kids a Smile and the Missouri Mission of Mercy, where he was lead of the removable prosthodontics (dentures) area. He is a Fellow of the American and International College of Dentists, both of which are honorary dental organizations that recognize excellence in the dental profession. 

Dr. Sokolowski received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri–Kansas City in 1982 and his Bachelor of Science in Biological Studies from Loyola University of New Orleans in 1977. He is a 1973 alumnus of Saint Louis University High School. 

Dr. Sokolowski practiced dentistry in a private practice from 1985-2016. From 2010 until his retirement on July 31, 2019, he served as a Clinical Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton, Ill. 

He and his wife, Donna, have two adult children, and one granddaughter. They are looking forward to the arrival of twin grandsons later this year.