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Three ADA members running for office in FDI Elections

September 01, 2015

By David Burger

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Dr. Gallant
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Dr. Hart
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Dr. Kell
Bangkok — The FDI World Dental Federation will hold its elections during the FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Bangkok, Thailand on Sept. 22-25. Much like the ADA House of Delegates, the FDI has a representative governance structure in which each member country sends a group of voting delegates to the electorate.

Three ADA members are running for leadership positions:

  • Dr. Kathy Kell — candidate for FDI President-Elect.
  • Dr. Tom Hart — candidate for FDI Science Committee.
  • Dr. Marshall Gallant — candidate for FDI Public Health Committee.

Dr. Kell has worked as a dentist for more than four decades and has served in leadership roles with the FDI for 17 years, first as a member of the Congress and Education Committee, then on the FDI Council and most recently as treasurer of the Federation. Dr. Kell is a past president of the Iowa Dental Association and was an ADA trustee from 2004 to 2008.

Dr. Hart is senior director of the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has been actively involved in dentistry for more than 30 years, as a clinician, educator and researcher, and was chairman of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.

Dr. Gallant is chief of dental services at the Orlando Veterans Administration Medical Center, one of the largest government-funded oral health care institutions in the U.S. For the past seven years, Dr. Gallant has served on the ADA’s Health Volunteers Overseas International Development Committee. Currently, as chair of the committee, he oversees seven volunteer teaching programs in seven different countries: Kenya, Cambodia, Laos, Nicaragua, St. Lucia, Nepal, and Tanzania.

In a message to FDI delegates, Dr. Maxine Feinberg, ADA president, endorsed the candidates saying, “These individuals have dedicated many years to improving the oral health of people around the world. Their breadth of experience and qualifications demonstrate that they will serve the FDI membership effectively. I have witnessed their leadership and commitment to oral health firsthand, and I know that they are dedicated to advancing the dental profession and the oral health of the global public.”

The FDI World Dental Federation is comprised of approximately 200 national dental associations, including the ADA, from more than 130 countries. It represents the voice of over one million dentists worldwide.