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Memphis dentist among 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholars

February 24, 2017
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Dr. Rosenthal
Dr. Christina Rosenthal can add another item to her list of accomplishments.

The 2010-11 graduate of the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership was among 60 members of the 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholars.

The scholars were selected “based on their leadership growth potential and the strength of their personal leadership projects aimed at improving the civic or social good by addressing a problem or need in a community, profession or organization.”

Dr. Rosenthal, a private practice owner in Memphis, Tennessee, is the founder of Determined to be a Doctor Someday (DDS), a program that provides mentorship and resources to Memphis-area high school students who wish to obtain doctorate degrees. She created the program as her project of the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership.

In 2016, the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry graduate completed the Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University. The fellowship, named after Harvard dental school’s first black professor, is designed to prepare oral health leaders, over time, to help improve the capacity of the health care system and address the health needs of minority and disadvantaged youth.

The Presidential Leadership Scholars kicked off in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 7 with scholars visiting the National Archives and Records Administration, Mount Vernon and the White House Historical Association. Over the course of several months, scholars will travel to participating presidential centers to learn from former presidents, key administration officials and leading academics. They will study and put into practice varying approaches to leadership, develop a network of peers and exchange ideas with mentors and others who can help them make an impact in their communities.

For more information on the program, visit