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Dr. Gehani installed as ADA president

September 09, 2019

By David Burger

San Francisco — Dr. Chad P. Gehani, of Queens, New York, took office Sept. 9 as the 156th president of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Gehani and the new and returning officers were installed in their offices before proceedings of the ADA House of Delegates this week at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco. The meeting was the 160th annual meeting of the ADA.
Dr Gahani installed as ADA President
New president: Dr. Chad P. Gehani, the 156th president of the American Dental Association, addresses the ADA House of Delegates on Sept. 9 in San Francisco. Photo by EZ Event Photography.
During his address to the House of Delegates, Dr. Gehani told members it is his "responsibility to ensure that the ADA remains the guardian of your life commitment to the profession — and I am not just talking about your dues dollars. The ADA must be a responsible custodian of your time as volunteers and of your talents as clinicians, researchers and educators.

"The ADA must be relevant to all of us," he said.

President-elect Daniel J. Klemmedson, Second Vice President Vincent U. Rapini, Speaker W. Mark Donald and four new trustees assumed office: Dr. Richard J. Rosato, 1st District; Dr. Terry Fiddler, 12th District; Dr. Brett Kessler, 14th District; and Dr. Craig Armstrong, 15th District.

Dr. Gehani, who served as a delegate from 2000-14, served as ADA 2nd District trustee from 2014-18. Dr. Gehani previously served as president of the New York State Dental Association and the Queens County Dental Society. In addition to the ADA, Dr. Gehani is a member of the American Association of Endodontists and the Indian Dental Association.

Dr. Gehani received his dental degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. He is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which recognizes Americans who dedicate their lives to community and is bestowed by the Ellis Island Honor Society.

Watch for a full report on Dr. Gehani’s House of Delegates address on ADA.org and in the ADA News.

President-elect

Dr. Klemmedson, of Tucson, Arizona, is past 14th District trustee and has served as an ADA House delegate. 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.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Klemmedson has earned awards, 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 Foundation.

He graduated from the University of Southern California and also earned his medical degree at the USC School of Medicine.

Second vice-president

Dr. Rapini, of St. Louis, served as a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates from 2011-19. In addition to being a past president of the Missouri Dental Association and the Greater St. Louis Dental Society, he has received fellowships from the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, Dr. Rapini is currently a clinical assistant professor in the department of clinical dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.

Speaker

Dr. W. Mark Donald, a general dentist in Louisville, Mississippi, has served as speaker, president and as an ADA delegate with the Mississippi Dental Association. In addition, he served as speaker and president with the Academy of General Dentistry and as president of the Academy of General Dentistry Foundation.

Other experiences include serving as a member of the ADA Council on Dental Practice in 2018; as chair, vice chair, secretary/treasurer and parliamentarian of the ADA 5th District; and as Mississippi Mission of Mercy Project chair in 2011, 2013 and 2019. Dr. Donald is a 1988 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry where he has also taught as an adjunct faculty since 2015.

New trustees

Dr. Rosato is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon practicing in Concord and Peterborough, New Hampshire. Dr. Rosato has held a number of leadership positions within the ADA. He has served as chair of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs as well as the ADA Election Commission. Dr. Rosato also served as president of the New Hampshire Dental Society and the New Hampshire Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Society.

Dr. Armstrong,  of Houston, has held a number of leadership positions within the ADA, including most recently as chair of the Council on Government Affairs. From 2002-18 he has served as an alternate delegate and delegate in the ADA House. He was also chair in 2015 of an ADA reference committee. In 2015, Dr. Armstrong was the president of the Texas Dental Association and he was also the president of the Greater Houston Dental Society in 2004 and the Texas Academy of General Dentistry in 2010.

Dr. Fiddler is a dentist in Conway, Arkansas, and has served on the House of Delegates for more than two decade. He was chair of the ADA Council on Communications. Dr. Fiddler has also served as the president of Arkansas State Dental Association and founded the Arkansas Forensic Identification Team and the Arkansas State Dental Association Peer Review. He has received fellowships from the American College of Dentistry, the International College of Dentistry and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Kessler, a general dentist from Denver, has served as an ADA delegate from 2008-18 and has been a consultant to the Council on Dental Practice's Health and Well-Being Advisory Committee since 2007. In 2010, Dr. Kessler received the ADA's Golden Apple Award for outstanding leadership in mentoring. He most recently served as the vice chair of the Council on Dental Benefit Programs. Dr. Kessler is also a past president of the Colorado Dental Association.

Returning officers, trustees

Dr. Craig W. Herre of Leawood, Kansas, succeeds Dr. Richard Huot of Florida as first vice president. Dr. Herre has served as chair of the ADA Council on Communications, as a member of the ADA's National Oral Health Literacy Advisory Committee and as a delegate from 2010-18. He was named Dentist of the Year by the Kansas Dental Association in 2017 and previously served as the organization's president. Dr. Herre received his dental degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry.

Dr. Ted Sherwin, of Orange, Virginia, continues as treasurer of the ADA. He has served on committees at the national, state and local levels. His experience in financial leadership includes twice serving as treasurer at the Virginia Dental Association, for a total of five years. He has also served on the ADA Board Finance committees and two years on the House Special Committee of Financial Affairs. He also is a former president of VDA, has served twice as president of the Shenandoah Valley Dental Association, and has been a member of the ADA House of Delegates for 14 years, serving as the District 16 budget chair six times.

Dr. Paul R. Leary, of Smithtown, New York, 2nd District trustee, has been a member of the ADA since 1985 and a member of the House of Delegates since 2004. Dr. Leary is also involved with the Academy of General Dentistry, New York State Dental Association, Suffolk County Dental Society, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He served on the New York State Dental Foundation Board from 2012-14 and is the co-editor of the Suffolk County Bulletin.

Dr. Linda K. Himmelberger, of Devon, Pennsylvania, 3rd District trustee, has been an active member of the ADA since 1982, serving as chair of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs, ADA Election Commission and co-chair of the Bylaws Revision Subcommittee. She also served as president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association, which awarded her its Distinguished Service Award in 2015.

Dr. George R. Shepley, of Baltimore, 4th District trustee, has served as chair of the ADA Council on Communications and as a delegate since 2013. He previously served as president of the Maryland State Dental Association from 2013-14, and as a member of the MSDA Foundation, MSDA Dental Association Company Board and the MSDA Member Legislative Committee.

Dr. John F. Harrington, Jr., of Milledgeville, Georgia, 5th District trustee, has been an active member of the ADA since 1984, served in the ADA Council on Government Affairs and as an ADA delegate since 2008. Dr. Harrington is a former president of the Georgia Dental Association and served in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps from 1984-87.

Dr. Roy Thompson, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 6th District trustee, has served as an alternate delegate in the House of Delegates and is a former chair of the (former) ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. He is also former president of the Tennessee Dental Association and received its Jack E. Wells Dedication to Dentistry Award in 2016.

Dr. Billie Sue Kyger, of Gallipolis, Ohio, 7th District trustee, previously served on the ADA Board of Trustees Budget and Finance Committee. She was the Ohio Dental Association president in 2002-03 and now serves on the Ohio Dental Association Foundation Board of Trustees. She is also involved with the Academy of General Dentistry and the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Susan Becker Doroshow, of Skokie, Illinois, 8th District trustee, served as chair of the ADA Council on Membership from 2008-09 and as an ADA delegate or alternate delegate since 2003. Dr. Doroshow is a member of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society and the Odontographic Society of Chicago. She served as Chicago Dental Society president in 2015 and as an Illinois State Dental Society trustee from 2004-07.

Dr. Julio H. Rodriguez, of Brodhead, Wisconsin, 9th District trustee, served as a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates since 2006 and as 2013 president of the Wisconsin Dental Association in 2013. Dr. Rodriguez graduated from dental school at the National University of San Marcos in Peru in 1976 and served as a dental officer in the Peruvian Air Force before immigrating to the United States.

Dr. Kenneth McDougall, of Jamestown, North Dakota, 10th District trustee, has served as the chair of the (former) Council on ADA Sessions. He also served as chair of the American Dental Political Action Committee and was the president of the North Dakota Dental Association in 2000. He is a member of the International College of Dentists.

Dr. Linda Johansen Edgar, of Federal Way, Washington, 11th District trustee, has been a member of the ADA since 1992 and served as a member of the House of Delegates since 2005. Dr. Edgar most recently served on the ADA Council on Dental Practice. She is a member of the Washington State Dental Association and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Edgar served as president of the Academy of General Dentistry from 2013-14 and as president of the Seattle King County Dental Society from 2010-11.

Dr. James D. Stephens, of Palo Alto, California, 13th District trustee, has been an ADA member since 1982 and served as a delegate since 2007. Dr. Stephens is a member of the California Dental Association, Mid-Peninsula Dental Society, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has served as president and trustee with the California Dental Association and as president, trustee and communications chair with the Mid-Peninsula Dental Society.

Dr. Kirk M. Norbo, of Purcellville, Virginia, 16th District trustee, previously served on the ADA Bylaws Review Taskforce and as a delegate. He has been an active member of the Virginia Dental Association and was its president in 2012-13. He is a master in the Academy of General Dentistry and is an adjunct faculty member at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.

Dr. Cesar R. Sabates, of Coral Gables, Florida, 17th District trustee, has served on the ADA Budget Finance and Administrative Review Committee and was the chair of what is now the Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention. He was the Florida Dental Association president in 2010-11 and president of the South Florida District Dental Association/East Coast District Dental Society.