Dr. Leonard Linkow was a trailblazer in the field of oral implantology. He was nominated in 1969 for a Nobel Prize in Medicine, the only dentist ever nominated for this prestigious award. He has the distinction of having 36 patents in dental science under his name. He is considered by many to be the Father of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Linkow was the president of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry in 1947 and an honored fellow of the AAID. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology and president of the organization in 1993. Linkow was awarded the Aaron Gershkoff/Norman Goldberg Award in 1974 and the AAID Foundation’s Isaih Lew Memorial Research Award in 1990.
A graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, Dr. Linkow became a dentist in 1952. He served as a paratrooper during World War II. Prior to that, he had a stellar baseball career in high school. Upon graduating, he was signed by the New York Giants and played for their minor league baseball affiliate in Springfield, Ohio.
Dr. Linkow published 18 books and was the author of more than 100 clinical articles. He was honored by three institutes that bear his name. He has treated more than 100,000 patients and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AAID in 2015.
Dr. Linkow was responsible for various innovations in the field of implant dentistry, including the blade implant, the self-tapping vetplant root form implant, the tripodal subperiosteal implant, and the internal hex design for root implants.
Dr. Linkow was constantly thinking of ways to advance the science of implant dentistry. He passed away on January 26, 2017, at the ripe of age of 90. He improved the quality of life of countless Americans and left an indelible mark on his field.