Drs. Perlman & Koidin, P.C.

(781) 599-2900
77 Broad Street
Lynn, MA 01902

Meet Dr. Steve

Steven P. Perlman, D.D.S., M.Sc.D., D.H.L. (hon.)

Steven P. Perlman, D.D.S., M.Sc.D., D.H.L. (hon.)

Dr. Steven Perlman is a Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at The Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine.  For the past 35 years, he has devoted much of his private practice as well as his teaching, to the treatment of children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Dr. Perlman is a past president of both the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and The Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  In addition, he has served on the executive board of both organizations for many years.

He is a Fellow of The Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities, a Fellow of The American College of Dentists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry.

Dr. Perlman was the first dentist in Massachusetts to receive the Exceptional Physician Award.  He is a Distinguished Alumni of The Boston University School of Dental Medicine and the first graduate in the history of the Dental School to also be recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of Boston University.

He is the recipient of the Harold Berk Award from the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and the Manny Album Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  Both awards are the highest honors of the organizations recognizing lifetime achievement in the care of people with disabilities. 

 Dr. Perlman has also been honored by The Pierre Fauchard Academy and in 2002, the American Dental Association presented him with their Access Recognition Award.

In May 2002 the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation named Dr. Perlman Dentist of the Year for his significant contributions to the dental profession and the specialty of pediatric dentistry over an entire career of distinguished service.

 He has published over 200 articles and was a contributor to the Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health in 2001.

In 2005, Dr. Perlman received The Exceptional Parent Maxwell J. Schileifer Distinguished Service Award for dedication to improving the lives of individuals with special needs and disabilities as well as The Trudi Birger Community Service Award from Alpha Omega for extraordinary contribution to children with special needs all over the world

In 1993, Dr. Perlman founded Special Olympics Special Smiles, an Oral Health Initiative for the athletes of Special Olympics International.  It now has over 215 events each year taking place in every state in the United States and in over 80 countries.  He currently serves as their Senior Global Clinical Advisor.

Dr. Perlman is a cofounder of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) and in 2005 and 2006 served as an advisor to the President’s Committee for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. He is currently president-elect of the AADMD.

In 2008, in Shanghai, China, Special Olympics honored Dr. Perlman with a special Lifetime Global Leadership Award in promoting human dignity.

In 2009, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences presented Dr. Perlman with the honorary degree: Doctor of Humane Letters.

On February 26, 2009, the Chicago Dental Society presented Dr. Perlman with the 2009 George Cushing Award for promoting awareness of the importance of oral health.

In July 2009 The Academy of General Dentistry honored Dr. Perlman with their Humanitarian Award. 

In 2010, Massachusetts Special Olympics honored him with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver “Let Me Be Brave” award at a banquet honoring his achievements.

In July 2011, Dr. Perlman became an adjunct faculty member at A.T. Still University of Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health.

In October 2011, Dr. Perlman became an adjunct professor of pediatric dentistry at the School of Dental Sciences, University of Technology in Jamaica.