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Letters: President Gehani

October 03, 2019

It was very interesting reading the background of Dr. Chad Gehani in the Aug. 5 ADA News (“Dr. Chad P. Gehani: Transforming the Face of Dentistry”). Chad and I are both endodontists and good friends, but I never really knew his full story of coming to the U.S.

One of the toughest topics, which I introduced to the ADA Board of Trustees when I served from 1999-2003, was regarding our ADA member number.

Chad had come to me with the complaint that all members who had graduated from a foreign dental school had a number that indicated that they had done so. He wanted this practice stopped and for all ADA member numbers to be given randomly.

Of course, this led to a very long discussion. However, I think that the Board came to a very wise decision, which was that any member that wanted to keep his or her present number could do so and any member who wanted a random number could choose that option.

Chad and the entire Indian Dental Association were appreciative of that choice. I wish Chad the best of luck as president of the ADA in the coming year. Also, I wish to congratulate another fellow endodontist, Dr. Cheryl Propper, for becoming the first female president of the Tennessee Dental Association (“Nashville Endodontist First President of Tennessee Dental Association,” Sept. 2 ADA News).

 Edwin S. Mehlman, D.D.S.
Warren, Rhode Island