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Dental manufacturers group honors FDI president-elect, Iowa dentist

March 11, 2016
Photo of Dr. Kathy Kell
Praise: FDI President-Elect Dr. Kathy Kell receives the first IDM Global Oral Health Progress Award in Chicago Feb. 26. From left to right, IDM Past President Pam Clark of the Australian Dental Industry Association, Dr. Kell, and IDM President-Elect Dr. Kiyotaka Nakao of the GC Corporation. 
On Feb. 26, International Dental Manufacturers, a worldwide dental trade organization, presented the first IDM Global Oral Health Progress Award to FDI President-elect Dr. Kathy Kell, an Iowa dentist and ADA trustee from 2004-08.

The award, the IDM said in a press release, recognizes Dr. Kell’s contributions to advancing oral health and particularly her leadership in the FDI World Dental Federation Congress task force to secure the success of future FDI Annual World Dental Congresses.

IDM says the award is set to be given annually and provides a donation made in the recipients’ honor to the charity of their choice.

“Dr. Kell has generously contributed her leadership experience in the task force and helped bring the cooperation between FDI and IDM to a new level shaping the future of the FDI Congress at all levels,” said IDM president Christian Brutzer in the release. “In particular, she has helped to increase the value of participation in the Congress and support of FDI by the industry membership by enhancing the FDI Annual World Dental Congress exhibition programming and maximizing its efficiency, viability and representation of member industry perspectives.”

Dr. Kell, a practicing dentist for more than 40 years, has served in leadership positions with the FDI for 17 years and is a past president of the Iowa Dental Association.