Canton Dentist receives Ohio Dental Association Joseph P. Crowley Distinguished Dentist Award

For Immediate Release
October 7, 2021

Dr. Thomas Paumier has been actively involved in all levels of organized dentistry throughout his career. In recognition of his efforts he received the 2021 Ohio Dental Association Joseph P. Crowley Distinguished Dentist Award on Friday, Oct. 1 at the Callahan Celebration of Excellence, held in conjunction with the 155th ODA Annual Session.

He earned his DDS from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and then went on to a General Practice Residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center in Youngstown. He then came to Canton where he worked in a practice with another dentist for two years before buying his own practice.

Because of his experience with a GPR, Paumier set a goal of establishing a GPR at a hospital in Stark County. Under his leadership, a GPR program was established at Mercy Medical Center in 2007. He also started an endowment to support the GPR program and ensure its sustainability.

Paumier’s uncle was the first surgical resident at Mercy Hospital in 1933, and a member of his family has been on the medical staff since then.

Throughout his career, Paumier has been very involved with organized dentistry at all levels of the tripartite.

Paumier has served on many councils and committees with the Stark County Dental Society, the Ohio Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He served as president of the Stark County Dental Society in 1999 and the Ohio Dental Association in 2015.

Because of his involvement with organized dentistry, he had the opportunity to co-author three national guidelines for the profession of dentistry: antibiotic prophylaxis for joint replacement, appropriate antibiotic use for dental infections, and standards on how dentists came back to practice after COVID.

The Joseph P. Crowley Distinguished Dentist Award is the ODA’s most prestigious award. It is given to a leader in the profession committed to the advancement of dentistry who is dedicated and committed to organized dentistry at the local, state and national level. Paumier is one of two recipients of the 2021 Joseph P. Crowley Distinguished Dentist Award.


Contact: David Owsiany, ODA executive director

Phone: (614) 486-2700


Photo available upon request.