Golden Hands Award

The Golden Hands Award of Xcellence

for Ethics and Truth in Advertising


California Dental Expo congratulates the final nominees for the 2017 Golden Hands Award of Xcellence:

  • AdDent, Inc
  • Designs for Vision
  • Kuraray Noritake Dental
  • Ultradent
  • Zest Dental Solutions


As part of our efforts to create more transparency in dentistry, we have created a very unique and luxurious award:  The Golden Hands Award of Xcellence for Ethics and Truth in Advertising.

With the ever-increasing prominence of the Internet in the Information Age, it has become increasingly more challenging for dentists to delineate fact from fiction and pertinent research results from creative marketing strategies.

The Golden Hands Award of Xcellence has been created to represent and promote the values that the dental profession holds in its highest regard.



2015 & 2016 Recipient






The award is presented annually on behalf of the dental community, to a company that in the opinion of the profession, exhibits Dentistry’s most noble ideals:

  • Ethical Conduct
  • Truth in Advertising
  • Placement of Public Health before Profits
  • Dependable Products and Services
  • Knowledgeable Professionals
  • Excellent Customer Service


The recipient of the Golden Hands Award is chosen utilizing the aforementioned criteria through a multi-step process: 

Over 3,000 companies are evaluated.  Nominees are presented by a number of prominent dental professionals involved in dental education and/or product research.  Dentists across the United States subsequently register to vote for the winner.


A very special thanks goes to the following individuals for their guidance, assistance and support: Dr. Gordon Christensen, Dr. John Farah, Dr. Howard Farran, Dr. Edward Feinberg, Dr. Eddie Harouni, Dr. Howard Landesman, Dr. Brian LeSage, Dr. Pascal Magne, Dr. Michael Miller, Dr. Hessam Nowzari, Dr. Terry Pannkuk, Dr. Ron Saidara, Dr. Han Scoble, Dr. Gary Solnit and Dr. Frank Vidjak. 




Costing thousands of dollars to design and manufacture, the Golden Hands Award of Xcellence has the distinction of being the most elaborate award in Dentistry. 

Conceptualized by Amir H. Motamed, D.D.S., the sculpture has been designed and made by commissioned artist and master craftsman, Donjo.

Using the lost-wax process, the sculpture is made of casted Bronze over Italian Marble base.  The hands are patina.  The logo is casted bronze, then polished and enamelized with automobile paint.  The sculpture stands 16 inches tall and weighs 18.4 pounds.

The sculpture highlights the caring “Golden Hands of Dentistry” caressing the colored triangles of the profession:  Dental Education, Dental Professionals, Dental Organizations and the Dental Industry - all pointing to a common core.

This year’s award features the hands of the artist.




artistDonjo is an internationally renowned artist-sculptor.  Born in Chicago in 1949 and raised in Southern California, this remarkable artist, know for his work on endangered species, was introduced to sculpture at the age of eleven and put himself through school by selling his bronze works at weekend art shows.  In 1987, he began to focus exclusively on sculpting with a strong emphasis on marine life.  In his new line of exquisitely detailed marine life sculptures, Donjo captures the true essence of the sea in Bronze and Copper Fill.  It is easy to understand how this artist's creations have attracted an international audience by seeing the majestic beauty of the humpback whale or the playfulness of a family of dolphins.  However, he will not compromise his true objective, which is to develop public awareness and to help with the preservation of marine life and other endangered species.  Donjo is well known for his works in surrealism, realism and fantasy consisting of studies, portraits, fairy tale characters and endangered species.  He is one of the few who constructs gallery, and monument size statues in three-dimension and two-dimension relief.


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