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ADA President-Elect's Interview: Parts 1 and 2

Dr. Ronald L. Tankersley describes his career in dentistry and his role as ADA president-elect as integral to a life he sees as full of opportunities and challenges, with both offering a chance to "do good."

The challenges, he says, started when his family moved every few years as his father's Army assignments took him around the world. They continued in college as an undergraduate pre-med psychology major at the College of William and Mary and at the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry where he received his dental degree and oral and maxillofacial surgery training.

Today, after 38 years in practice, he still relishes both the opportunities and the challenges. "I believe I am very competent at what I do as an oral surgeon, but I encounter diagnostic and treatment challenges on a regular basis in practice. I've never found what I do boring."

Dr. Tankersley discussed his insights into the Association, the profession, and his role in dentistry with ADA News Editor Judy Jakush.