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Arizona Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Installed as President of American Dental Association

Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., assumes ADA presidency for 2020-2021

October 19, 2020

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CHICAGO, October 19, 2020 — Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., an oral and maxillofacial surgeon from Tucson, Arizona, is the newly installed 157th president of the American Dental Association (ADA). He recently assumed the role as president at the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference 2020, a joint meeting of the ADA and Florida Dental Association. Dr. Klemmedson will play a crucial role in supporting the ADA’s vision to achieve optimal health for all throughout 2020 and 2021.

Dr. Klemmedson has been actively involved at the ADA for many years serving on the Council on Dental Benefit Programs between 2007 and 2011 and a strategic planning committee between 2009 and 2012. From 2015 to 2019, he served as the 14th District trustee for the ADA Board of Trustees, which covers Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah, and he was a delegate in the ADA House of Delegates from 2005 to 2014. From 2019 to 2020, Dr. Klemmedson was chosen as president-elect of the ADA. 

In addition to Dr. Klemmedson’s achievements at the ADA, he is a past president of the Arizona Dental Association, the Southern Arizona Dental Society, the Western Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Arizona Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Throughout his career, Dr. Klemmedson has earned multiple awards from significant organizations, including the Dentist of the Year award and the Hall of Fame Service award from the Arizona Dental Association. In 2018, he received the Gerald E. Hanson Outstanding Service Award from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) Foundation.

Dr. Klemmedson has put his multiple degrees to good use and is a fellow of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is also a member of the Academy of Dentistry International, American Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Association and the American Medical Association. He has received fellowships from the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

After graduating from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry, Dr. Klemmedson then earned his medical degree from the USC School of Medicine. Dr. Klemmedson maintains a private practice in Tucson, Arizona, as well as serves as an attending oral and maxillofacial surgeon on the cleft palate and craniofacial team at Children’s Clinics.  

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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