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Californian Chosen President-Elect of the American Dental Association

Carol Summerhays, D.D.S., to assume ADA presidency in 2015

October 15, 2014

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CHICAGO, Oct. 15, 2014 – Carol Summerhays, D.D.S., a general dentist in San Diego, is the new president-elect of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Summerhays was recently elected during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in San Antonio. She will assume the role of president of the ADA in November 2015, when she will lead the 158,000-member organization, America’s leading advocate for oral health.

Dr. Summerhays served as Thirteenth District Trustee to the ADA House of Delegates. Some of her past positions include past president of the California Dental Association as well as a board member of The Dentists Insurance Company and the CDA Foundation. She has also held positions with the Academy of General Dentistry and was a Board member for 10 years at the Pankey Institute.

Dr. Summerhays graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and earned her dental degree from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1978.  She attended dental school on a full scholarship through the Armed Forces Health Professions program.

Dr. Summerhays served four years on active duty in the Navy Dental Corps and 11 years of inactive duty rising to the rank of lieutenant. She started full time private practice in 1982.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Dentistry, the International College of Dentistry, the Academy of Dentistry International, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Additionally, she earned a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry and the AGD LLSR Lifelong learning and Service Recognition Award.

In San Diego, Dr. Summerhays was honored in 2010 by the Salvation Army as one of the “Women of Dedication—Portraits in Philanthropy” and by the Girl Scouts as one of “San Diego’s 10 Cool Women.”  She and her husband of 31 years, Soames Summerhays, have two sons, Giles and Bryce.

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About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 162,000 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