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Virginia Dentist Chosen President-Elect of the American Dental Association

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CHICAGO, October 21, 2008—Ronald L. Tankersley, D.D.S., who practices the dental specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery in Newport News, Williamsburg and Hampton, Virginia, was elected today as president-elect of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Tankersley's election took place during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in San Antonio.

Dr. Tankersley will assume the ADA presidency in October 2009 and lead the more than 156,000-member organization, America's leading advocate for oral health.

Dr. Tankersley has just completed a four-year term on the ADA Board as the trustee from the Sixteenth District, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. His previous responsibilities with the ADA include serving as chairman of the Council on Dental Benefits, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Advisory Committee on the Code, the Diagnostic Coding Committee, the Standing Committee for Diversity and the Dental Content Committee. Dr. Tankersley also participated on the recently completed Future of Healthcare/Universal Coverage Taskforce.

During his term on the ADA Board, he served as Board liaison to the Dental Economics Advisory Group, the Committee on the New Dentist, the Council on Access, Prevention & Interprofessional Relations and the Council on Ethics, Bylaws & Judicial Affairs.

Dr. Tankersley is a past president of the Virginia Dental Association, Virginia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Southeastern Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

He received his dental degree from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry, where he also completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery and is an Adjunct Professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Tankersley is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International Colleges of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an international honorary organization for dentists.

Dr. Tankersley and his wife, Gladys, reside in Newport News and are the parents of two children, Kenneth and Christine.

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