ST. LOUIS, June 25, 2018— Stephen F. Litton, DDS, PhD
, an orthodontist who practiced for 44 years in Minneapolis and Golden Valley, Minnesota, and who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), is the recipient of the 2018 James E. Brophy AAO Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented on Sunday, May 6 at the AAO’s 2018 Annual Session in Washington, D.C. during the Excellence in Orthodontics Awards Ceremony. The award recognizes those who have made contributions to orthodontics in addition to other valuable and devoted services to the Association and its membership.
Dr. Litton retired from orthodontic practice in 2011, but continues serving patients through several not-for-profit organizations. Among them are Smiles Change Lives/Virginia Brown Orthodontic Partnership; Community Dental Care; Doorstep Healthcare Services; Dental Lifeline Network; and the Minnesota Dental Foundation (MDF), where he is currently president. The MDF’s vision is to eliminate unmet oral health needs in Minnesota. One of its programs, Minnesota’s Heroes Orthodontic Program, provides free care for children of Gold Star Families.
A respected leader, Dr. Litton has been involved in organized dentistry at the local and state levels, and in organized orthodontics at the local, regional and national levels throughout his career. He is a past president of the Minneapolis District Dental Society, and past treasurer of the Minnesota Dental Association. He is also a past president of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Alumni Society, the Minnesota Association of Orthodontists (MAO) and the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists (MSO). For many years, he represented the MSO as a Delegate or Alternate Delegate to the AAO House of Delegates, the organization’s governing body. He has been the MSO’s newsletter editor and website manager since 1994. Dr. Litton helped to plan two MSO Annual Sessions, as well as two AAO Annual Sessions. He was the Scientific Sessions Co-chair for the AAO’s 2003 Annual Session, and General Chair of the 2011 Annual Session. He served eight years on the AAO’s Council on Membership, Ethics and Judicial Concerns, including one year as Chair, and volunteered for a variety of AAO committees and task forces.
Dr. Litton is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, as well as the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an honorary dental service organization.
Dr. Litton is a long-standing member of Sigma Alpha Mu Academic Fraternity, and has been a member of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity since 1963.
He has been listed in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Who’s Who in the World. He received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from Smiles Change Lives. Other past awards for Dr. Litton include the Alumni Service Award from the Board of Regents, University of Minnesota; the Minnesota Dental Association’s and the Minneapolis District Dental Society’s Guest of Honor; the University of Minnesota Alumni Association National Volunteer of the Year; the Minnesota Dental Association’s Outstanding Service Award; and the MSO’s Earl E. Shepard Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Litton has participated in fundraising and was involved in major fundraising efforts at the dental school. He also started the Orthodontic Resident Endowment, a fund that allows the residents in the orthodontic division at the University of Minnesota to travel to several meetings each year to enhance their education experience during their residency.
Dr. Litton completed his undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, earning a BA from the College of Liberal Arts; a BS and DDS from the School of Dentistry; a Certificate in Orthodontics from the Division of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry; and a PhD from the Department of Anatomy, Graduate School. He served as an Assistant Professor in the University’s Department of Anatomy for more than a decade.
In his leisure time, Dr. Litton enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and fishing. He is a fan of Gopher and Viking football teams. Having been born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Litton is still a Brooklyn Dodgers baseball fan.
About the American Association of Orthodontists
Members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) help children, teenagers and adults achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.
Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws. Orthodontists receive an additional two-to-three academic years of specialized education beyond dental school at an accredited orthodontic residency program. Only orthodontists qualify for AAO membership.
Founded in 1900, the AAO is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization. It represents nearly 19,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. The AAO encourages and sponsors key research to enable its members to provide the highest quality of care to patients, and is committed to educating the public about the need for, and benefits of, orthodontic treatment.
For more information, and to find nearby AAO-member orthodontists, visit aaoinfo.org.
Media Contact:
Pam Paladin
American Association of Orthodontists
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