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American Academy of Periodontology Installs New President, Officers

Posted on September 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – September 23, 2014 – Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, a periodontist from Manhattan Beach, Calif., has been installed at the American Academy of Periodontology’s (AAP’s) newest president during its 100th Anniversary Annual Meeting, held Sept. 19-22, 2014, in San Francisco. Other newly installed AAP leaders include President-elect Wayne A. Aldredge, DMD, of New Jersey; Massachusetts’ Terrence J. Griffin, DMD, as Vice President; and Steven Daniel, DMD, of Tennessee as Secretary/Treasurer. New York’s Stuart J. Froum, DDS, will serve as the Academy’s immediate past president.

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve the specialty of periodontics as it enters its second century,” Dr. Otomo-Corgel said. “Periodontics is a dynamic specialty. What an exciting time for the AAP to expand its knowledge to best care for the health of the public we serve.” In addition to maintaining a private periodontal practice, Dr. Otomo-Corgel is the chair of research at the Greater Los Angeles Veteran’s Affairs Health Care Center. She is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of California Los Angeles’ (UCLA) School of Dentistry, where she earned her dental degree in 1979. She completed a Masters of Public Health degree from the UCLA School of Public Health in 1980.

An AAP member since 1977, Dr. Otomo-Corgel has served on the boards of trustees for the AAP and the AAP Foundation. “Dr. Otomo-Corgel is a thoughtful leader whose valued contributions have made an impression on her colleagues and within our specialty. I am confident that she and our newest slate of leaders will leave a positive impact on the AAP’s legacy for years to come,” says Dr. Froum, who served as president from 2013 to 2014.

About Other Installed Officers:

Wayne A. Aldredge, DMD, President-elect: A member of the AAP since 1995, Dr. Aldredge has nearly 20 years of professional dentistry experience, first honing his general dentistry skills as an army captain at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In addition to his current work as a Holmdel, N.J., periodontist, Dr. Aldredge is a clinical assistant professor at Stony Brook University’s Department of Periodontics and Dental Implantology. A diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, he is a dental graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and he obtained a post-graduate degree in periodontology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Terrence J. Griffin, DMD, Vice President: Dr. Griffin has served on eight AAP committees since becoming a member in 1973. The Boston periodontist also served as the chair and director of Tufts University’s periodontology program for 15 years. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Dr. Griffin became a post-doctoral fellow at Tufts after a two-year tour of duty, earning his certificate of advanced graduate studies in periodontology in 1975. In addition to a DMD degree from Tufts, Dr. Griffin earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Boston College. 

Steven R. Daniel, DDS, Secretary/Treasurer: A Knoxville, TN., native, Dr. Daniel is a practicing periodontist in Murfreesboro, TN. With more than 31 years of experience, Dr. Daniel became a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 2005. In addition to his service with the AAP, Dr. Daniel has served as a trustee for the Tennessee Society of Periodontists and the Southern Academy of Periodontology. He completed his DDS at the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry.

Dr. Stuart J. Froum, DDS, Immediate Past President: Dr. Froum, a graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry, has been a member of the AAP since 1971. He is currently a clinical professor of periodontics and implant dentistry at the New York University Dental Center, where he is also the director of clinical research. In addition to operating a private practice in New York City, Dr. Froum has served on the AAP’s board of trustees since 2005 and has been a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology since 2004.

Newly-installed AAP officers will serve a term of approximately one year with new officers to be appointed at the AAP’s 101st Annual Meeting in Orlando, to be held Nov. 14-17, 2015.