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New York Dentist Named President of the American Dental Association

October 14, 2011

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CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2011 – William R. Calnon, D.D.S., who practices general dentistry in Rochester, N.Y., is the 2011-2012 president of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Calnon’s induction took place during the ADA’s 152nd Annual Session in Las Vegas.

"It is a great honor," said Dr. Calnon, "to serve as president of America’s leading advocate for oral health. Not only will the ADA continue its top-notch support to dentists so they may succeed and excel throughout their careers, we will also focus on raising public awareness of the importance of oral health to overall health. I have no doubt that as we move into the future, we will build on our past accomplishments and foster the success of a diverse membership."

Before he was chosen president-elect by the 2010 ADA House of Delegates in Orlando, Dr. Calnon had just completed a four-year term on the ADA Board as the trustee from the Second District, which represents New York. Dr. Calnon’s previous responsibilities with the ADA include serving as a leadership representative at the 2010 National Summit on Diversity in Dentistry and as a member of the Council on Dental Practice and on key committees and subcommittees, including one on ergonomics and disability support services.

He is a past president of the New York State Dental Association, the Seventh District Dental Society and Monroe County Dental Society. In addition, he is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Calnon graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University and received his dental degree from University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine (UB Dental). He completed the General Practice Residency program at Eastman Institute for Oral Health (University of Rochester Medical Center) and currently chairs the Eastman Dental Center Foundation Board.

Dr. Calnon and his wife, Mary Kay, reside in Spencerport and are the parents of two sons, Christopher and Timothy. Christopher is a practicing dentist and Timothy is in his third year at UB Dental.

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website