New Mexico Dentist Selected as Second Vice President of the American Dental Association


CHICAGO, October 15, 2022 — David J. Manzanares, D.D.S., a general dentist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the new Second Vice President of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Manzanares was recently elected at the ADA House of Delegates Meeting at ADA SmileCon™ in Houston, Texas on October 15.

A member of the ADA since 2009, Dr. Manzanares served as Representative to the ADA Council on Communications from 2016-2020, where he was also Chair of the Volunteer Engagement Program and the Council Self-Assessment Committee, as well as part of the Spokesperson Review Committee and the Integrated Marketing Workgroup. He is also a graduate of the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership.

Dr. Manzanares is also involved with numerous other dental organizations, including the New Mexico Dental Association (NMDA), Albuquerque District Dental Society (ADDS), American Equilibration Society and Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). An engaged member of the NMDA, Dr. Manzanares previously served as Secretary-Treasurer from 2015-2022, chaired several committees and was the Albuquerque Representative of the NMDA Board of Trustees from 2013-2015. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for the NMDA Foundation. Starting in 2020, he became part of the New Mexico Dental COVID-19 Advisory Team. From 2009-2015, he was a delegate of the NMDA House of Delegates and continues to be on the NMDA Council on Government Affairs. His other duties include serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the Southwest District Dental Society (SWDDS) from 2010-2011.

He is a fellow in both the International College of Dentists (ICD) and the American College of Dentists (ACD) and was awarded with both a fellowship in 2015 and a mastership in 2018 from the AGD. He is a graduate of both the Dawson Academy and the Piper Education and Research Center.

Dr. Manzanares graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. He has also served as the pre-dental advisor at New Mexico State University and was a faculty member at Dona Ana Community College, teaching radiology to dental hygiene students. Born into a dental family, his father, Dr. Robert Manzanares, was President of the NMDA from 2010-2011, and his younger brother, Dr. Michael Manzanares, is also a dentist.

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