Dr. Russ Webb honored for lifetime of generosity

Russ Webb, DDS, was recently honored with the 2014 CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award for his lifetime of incredible generosity and his commitment to giving back.

Webb’s humanitarian contributions date back to his college years at UCLA — and from the moment he graduated, he continued to support the university. He has said it’s in his family history to give back, with his father starting an endowment at UCLA and both parents also dedicated to volunteering. Webb and his wife, Kathi, in turn started their own endowment to assist UCLA dental students with their ever-increasing debt.

Webb was instrumental in the development of the CDA Foundation’s CDA Cares dental program, and has continued as a chair, a lead volunteer, a “chair-trainer” and a recruiter. He also chairs the fundraising committee for the Foundation. 

“Dr. Webb is a thankful and appreciative person who shows tremendous dedication,” said Don Rollofson, DMD, chair of the CDA Foundation. “His leadership skills shine through anything he is involved in and he is an inspiration to our profession.” 

Webb and Kathi are also both actively involved in volunteering at The Gathering Inn, a homeless shelter in Northern California that works to get people back on their feet and working again. The two also play key leadership roles with another organization, California CareForce, which provides care to underserved Californians. He is a past CDA president and past Thirteenth District ADA trustee and has held many positions with the ADA, CDA and CALAOMS.

The Humanitarian Award was established in 2008 by the CDA Foundation to recognize California dentists who distinguish themselves through selfless leadership and contributions to humanity in the field of dentistry.

For more information about the Humanitarian Award, visit the CDA Foundation’s website at cdafoundation.org

Webb volunteered recently in the oral surgery section of the CDA Cares event in Pomona, where he spoke with KABC about the rewards of volunteerism.