AADB Names New Executive Director
The American Association of Dental
Boards (AADB) concluded its search process, naming James Tarrant, M.A., CAE, as
the new Executive Director, effective January 7, 2013. The Executive Council is
very excited about Mr. Tarrant and the knowledge, experience, professionalism,
and enthusiasm that he will bring to AADB. This appointment begins the
transition from the many years of dedicated service Molly Nadler gave to AADB
and initiates a new course for the Association.
Mr. Tarrant has over 20 years of
experience in health and medical associations. He previously worked with the
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Chicago Medical Society, and the
Physicians Review Organization of Michigan.
Mr. Tarrant brings expertise in non-profit association
management, marketing, revenue generation, continuing education, and meeting
planning to AADB. He has experience cultivating leadership/staff collaboration,
building external relationships, advocacy, and management of related associations
and independent consultants. He will bring a new direction to the Association
and the AADB office operations.
Dr. Shiela Strauss Awarded a Two-Year NIH Grant “Novel Interdisciplinary
Intra-Oral Diabetes Screening in Dental Patients”
Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United
States, with 7 million people as yet undiagnosed, preventing them from adopting
disease management strategies that could improve their quality of life and
Among those at great risk are persons with periodontal
disease, many of whom may see a dentist but not a primary care provider
annually. This suggests the potential and importance of screening for diabetes
at dental visits.
“In our previous pilot study, whose findings were published
in the Journal of Periodontology in
2012, we found that a dental visit could be a useful opportunity to conduct an
initial diabetes screening – an important first step in identifying those
patients who need further testing to determine their diabetes status,” says
Shiela Strauss, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Nursing and Co-Director of the
Statistics and Data Management Core for New York University’s Colleges of
Nursing and Dentistry.
The current two-year interdisciplinary, mixed methods study
builds on the unique organizational partnership between the New York University
College of Nursing (NYUCN) and College of Dentistry (NYUCD) to assess the
accuracy, acceptability, feasibility, and consequences of a novel approach
using oral blood to screen patients with periodontal disease for diabetes in
general dental practices.
The study will recruit 500 patients with periodontal disease
who seek care at 14 general practice clinics at NYUCD over a 15-month period,
addressing the following specific aims:
the accuracy of patients’ HbA1c test results using GCB relative to FSB HbA1c
patient and provider views on the gingival crevicular blood (GCB) diabetes screening approach’s
acceptability and feasibility.
the psychological impact to patients of participating in screening for diabetes
at dental visits.
sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of patients with a positive
screening result who follow up with a health care provider within three months
and those who do not, thereby illuminating potential barriers and facilitators
to follow up.
If results demonstrate that the GCB HbA1c screening is accurate, feasible, and acceptable; with minimal psychological impact on patients; and leads to timely follow up with a health care provider, Dr. Strauss intends to seek additional funding to further examine its usefulness on a broader scale.
Registration is Open
for the American Student Dental Association’s Annual
American Student Dental Association’s Annual
Session takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 6–9, 2013. Visit the ASDA
Annual Session 2013 web site for more
information about this exciting conference.
Dr. Ronald Hunt Named 2013 Chair of
Dental Quality Alliance
J. Hunt, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Midwestern
University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, has assumed the position of
Chair of the Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) for 2013, after serving the past
year as Chair-elect. As a national alliance of major stakeholders in oral
health care delivery, the DQA uses a collaborative approach to develop, test,
and promote oral health care measures to improve dental care delivery and oral
health. Its members represent dental practitioners, dental educators, dental
payers, health care partners, governmental agencies, and the public.
Hunt has represented ADEA on the DQA since its inception in 2008. The U.S.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had asked the American Dental
Association to develop an alliance to lead performance measurement efforts for
quality improvement in dental care programs.
Hunt served as ADEA President from 2009-2010.
Dr. Kenneth Kalkwarf Honored for Outstanding Leadership
Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., was honored recently with the presentation of three
proclamations recognizing his 25 years of leadership and service to The
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
proclamations were presented 29th annual James P. Hollers Memorial Lectureship,
an annual event of the Dental School. President ad interim Kalkwarf was
dean of the Dental School for 24 years. He was asked assume the presidency
temporarily in June while President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, took a
leave of absence.
- A proclamation from the
Texas Senate was
read by Don W. Morgan, D.D.S., President of the San Antonio District
Dental Society. The proclamation, signed by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte,
noted, “Over the course of [Dr. Kalkwarf’s] career, he has handled his
roles as educator and administrator with vision and foresight; he has had
a profound impact on his professions through his leadership of such
organizations as the American Dental Education Association, the Joint
Commission of National Dental Examination, and the Southwest Society of
- A proclamation from the
state of Texas,
signed by State Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer, was read by James B. Mazock,
D.D.S., a 1998 Dental School alumnus and past president of the Dental School
Alumni Association. “Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Kalkwarf has
authored more than 185 articles, chapters, and abstracts, and conducted
over 260 lectures and continuing education courses throughout the United
States, Canada, Mexico, Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia,” this
- A proclamation from the
city of San Antonio
was read by Malcolm Ray Scott Jr., D.D.S., a 1983 alumnus and
president-elect of the Dental School Alumni Association. Signed by Mayor
Julián Castro, the proclamation read, “Your leadership, professionalism,
and enthusiasm in the field of periodontics has not gone unnoticed and is
worthy of honor and praise.”
“I am so honored to receive this
recognition,” Dr. Kalkwarf says. “I have spent the majority of my career at the
UT Health Science Center. Serving as president ad interim has given me a
real appreciation for the position of president, this institution as a whole,
and all the great work being done here. I’ll always have a very special place
in my heart, though, for the Dental School and all of you—my good friends and
Dr. Kalkwarf served as ADEA President