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NDA honors Dr. Gist

Baltimore—ADA President Ray Gist received a Legend Award during the National Dental Association’s 98th Annual Convention this year.

IMAGE: Dr. Ray Gist, ADA president, receives a Legend Award at the National Dental Association’s 98th Annual Convention.
Dr. Ray Gist, ADA president, receives a Legend Award at the National Dental Association’s 98th Annual Convention.

NDA bestows the award “for timeless service to the profession of dentistry, the education of professionals, the community of man, and the perpetuation of the species.”

The NDA meeting, held July 22-26, featured several special events, including:

  • an opening session keynote address by U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.;
  • the annual President’s Symposium, which this year covered “Bioethics and Public Health Ethics and the NDA”;
  • the Civil Rights Luncheon with keynote speaker Roland Martin, nationally syndicated columnist, CNN political analyst and host of “Washington Watch.”

Dr. Leo Rouse, dean of the Howard University College of Dentistry and the first African-American president of the American Dental Education Association, received a Legend Award as well. Dr. Gist, the first African-American ADA president, said he was “honored and humbled to receive” the award.

“Both the National Dental Association and the American Dental Association are very important to me on both a professional and personal level,” he said.
For 86 years, the NDA has been a national forum for minority dentists.

Next year’s convention is a historic joint meeting between the NDA, the Hispanic Dental Association and the Society of American Indian Dentists. The meeting takes place July 20-24, 2012, at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida. For more information, visit www.ndaonline.org.

IMAGE: NDA: Some 90 exhibitors were on hand at the National Dental Association’s 98th Annual Convention this summer.
NDA: Some 90 exhibitors were on hand at the National Dental Association’s 98th Annual Convention this summer.