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ADA members elected to FDI council at world dental congress

Drs. Kathryn Kell, Greg Chadwick to serve three-year terms

Stockholm, Sweden—Dr. Kathryn A. Kell, a general dentist in Davenport, Iowa, was elected the North American Regional Organization's representative to the FDI World Dental Federation council during its annual congress here in September.

Dr. Kell will serve a three-year term in the position, which is equivalent to a seat on the ADA Board of Trustees. Dr. Kell served the ADA as its 10th District trustee (2004-2008), a member of the ADA Foundation board of directors and member of the Council on ADA Sessions and International Relations (council chair in 1998-99).

She also served for nine years on the FDI education committee, as both a member and chair, and has been an FDI general assembly alternate or delegate for four years.

ADA member dentists, who are also automatically FDI members, have the opportunity to learn more about global oral health activities and issues, attend meetings worldwide and network with colleagues from around the globe, said Dr. Kell.

"Other nations are looking at a lot of the same issues we are," said Dr. Kell. "Issues like workforce, product safety, research, quality in dental education and improving world oral health are important everywhere. You can get a feel for what's going on with oral health globally by visiting the FDI Web site or attending a meeting."

Dr. Greg Chadwick, of Greenville, N.C., associate dean for Planning and Extramural Affairs at East Carolina University School of Dentistry, was elected to a second three-year term as speaker of the FDI general assembly.

Dr. Chadwick served as an FDI delegate from 2000-2005 before becoming speaker.

"It is an interesting job especially when you consider that, as speaker, I am trying to maintain a level playing field while the delegates are discussing, debating and voting on issues in six or so languages," said Dr. Chadwick.

"As a U.S. dentist—at a time when we realize the world is shrinking and we are all affected by global issues—the FDI gives us a voice in the international arena," Dr. Chadwick added.

"All ADA members are FDI members and the FDI represents 134 countries and approximately a million dentists around the world. Through the FDI, we have a seat at the table on global oral health policy issues and a vehicle to play a role in promoting and improving oral health, even in areas of the world where we don't have much contact."

More than 15,000 participants from 124 nations, including 186 registrants from the U.S., attended the FDI congress Sept. 24-27 and were able to choose from more than 80 scientific sessions. Some 300 dental companies filled more than 7,500 square meters of exhibit space.

The FDI general assembly adopted three new policy statements and revised nine others. For a complete summary of the congress, log on to the FDI Web site: www.fdiworldental.org.

Next year's FDI World Dental Congress will be held Sept. 2-5, 2009, in the Southeast Asia island nation of Singapore.

For more information about the FDI and the annual world dental congress, contact the ADA Center for International Development and Affairs at international@ada.org or 1-312-440-2726.