AAO leaders and staff were saddened to learn of the sudden death on September 30 of Dr. William R. Proffit, an orthodontic educator and prolific researcher who taught generations of orthodontic residents.  Dr. Proffit was still actively involved in lecturing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill orthodontic residency program - and worldwide - at the time of his death.

Dr. Proffit began his research career at the National Institute of Dental Research after having received his dental degree from UNC, a PhD degree in physiology from the Medical College of Virginia and completing the orthodontic residency program at the University of Washington. He joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in 1965, serving as the first chairman of the orthodontic department. From 1973 to 1975, he was a professor of orthodontics and chairman of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Florida.

Joining the orthodontic faculty of the UNC School of Dentistry in 1975, Dr. Proffit served as a professor and later became chair of the Department of Orthodontics – a post that he held for 26 years. He then continued to serve as an adjunct faculty member.  

Author (with Dr. Henry Fields Jr.) of the widely used textbook, Contemporary Orthodontics, which has been published in 12 languages with the sixth edition printed recently, Dr. Proffit published more than 200 scientific papers and book chapters. He was also co-author of Surgical Correction of Dentofacial Deformity and Surgical-Orthodontic Treatment.

In 1992, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees honored Dr. Proffit by naming him a W.R. Kenan Distinguished Professor, which is considered one of the University’s most prestigious honors. His other accolades include:

● The 1994 American Dental Association Norton Ross Award;
● The 2005 American Board of Orthodontics Albert H. Ketcham Award; and
● The 2017 inaugural AAO Lifetime Achievement Award in Orthodontic Research.  

An alumnus of the University of North Carolina orthodontic residency program, Dr. Brent Larson knew Dr. Proffit well.

"Dr. Proffit was my teacher, my mentor, and friend,” said Dr. Larson, who is president of the AAO. “He had a passion for the science of orthodontics that continues to motivate me every day. I know there are thousands of orthodontists around the world who feel the same way."

UNC Is Accepting Contributions for an Endowed Chair Honoring Dr. Proffit
An endowed chair at the UNC School of Dentistry is being created in Dr. Proffit’s honor. To make a memorial contribution to the Dr. William R. Proffit Professorship, please send donations to: The Dental Foundation of North Carolina, UNC School of Dentistry, 1090 First Dental Bldg., CB #7450 Chapel Hill, NC 27566-7450, or click here to access the online donation page.

- Learn more by viewing Dr. Proffit’s obituary.

 
 
Oct. 10, 2018

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With Hurricane Florence having caused catastrophic flooding in the Carolinas and still causing new flooding in South Carolina, the AAO anticipates that members’ practices will be impacted.  Due to the lengthy impact of the storm and resulting electrical outages, the AAO has extended the deadline for applications to the Disaster Relief fund for those impacted to March 31, 2019.  (The normal Disaster Relief Fund deadline is three months after the initial event.)

Members whose practices have been impacted by natural disasters* may apply to see what assistance the AAO can provide via the association’s Disaster Relief Fund, which is supported by budgetary allocations and donations. During 2017, the fund received nearly $200,000 in donations and through the first few months of 2018, assisted members affected by 2017 hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The AAO is now preparing to receive applications for assistance from members affected by 2018 hurricanes.

Please click here to learn how to apply for assistance or make a contribution to help your colleagues whose offices may have been damaged or destroyed. If you are in touch with a colleague whose office has been impacted, please share this information with him or her.

* Assistance is also available to members impacted by man-made disasters such as fires or civil disorders.

 
Sep. 25, 2018

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AAO Members are now eligible to receive a discount on a yearly membership to the Dental Trauma Guide, which covers treatment guidelines for primary and permanent teeth. The website is developed in cooperation with University Hospital of Copenhagen and the International Association of Dental Traumatology (IADT). The normal membership rate is $30 per year and the Dental Trauma Guide is offering a membership rate of $10 per year, per user, to AAO members.

The world-leading, web-based tool for evidence-based dental traumatology, The Dental Trauma Guide is based in the University Hospital of Copenhagen (Rigshospitalet) and is a research-based non-profit organization.
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Sep. 20, 2018

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Dr. Arif Alvi has been elected as the 13th president of the country of Pakistan. Dr. Alvi completed the orthodontic residency program at the University of the Pacific in 1984. 

Dr. Eugene Roberts, professor emeritus of the Department of Orthodontics at the Indiana University – Purdue University School of Dentistry, was a faculty member at the University of the Pacific when Dr. Alvi was an orthodontic resident at the university.

“The major thing that stands out in my memory of Dr. Alvi is that he had a strong interest in interdisciplinary practice which was very forward-thinking at that time,” says Dr. Roberts. “He had already completed the residency program in prosthodontics at the University of Michigan, entered practice, and then discovered how important orthodontic treatment is in many cases involving prosthodontics. He therefore made the decision to complete an orthodontic residency. He went on to establish a large interdisciplinary practice in Pakistan, headquartered in Karachi.

“The last time that I was in touch with him was several years ago when he invited me to speak at the Asia Pacific Dental Congress,” Dr. Roberts continues. “I was aware that he was interested in local politics as well as dental leadership - but had not realized he had an interest in national politics until he became a member of the Pakistani parliament.”

Dr. Jetson Lee of San Francisco was a senior dental student at the University of the Pacific when Dr. Alvi was a second-year resident. Dr. Lee got to know the graduating residents, including Dr. Alvi, through frequent visits to the orthodontic clinic. An alumni leader who has stayed in touch with many of his fellow graduates, Dr. Lee was in contact with Dr. Alvi just before the Pakistani presidential election. They discussed via email some of the challenges of Dr. Alvi’s career in orthodontics that may have helped him prepare for the stresses of political leadership.

“In an email that Dr. Alvi sent the day before the election, he reflected on some of the experiences in his orthodontic career, including coming to the United States in 1992 for his Orthodontic Boards - only to have his briefcase with all original X-rays and data snatched at the airport in New York City,” says Dr. Lee, who is now in private practice and an adjunct associate clinical professor at UOP, as well as committee chair for the Orthodontic Chapter of the dental Alumni Association. 
 
“So, he had to wait another year to take his Boards and present other cases.”

Dr. Alvi is described in the Economic Times as a close ally of the current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, and as the son of Dr. Habib-ur-Rehman Elahi Alvi, the dentist of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.

Wikipedia expands on Dr. Alvi’s political and dental careers, noting that he served in the National Assembly of Pakistan from 2013-18 and had previously been active in local politics and party leadership.  He was an active leader in dentistry in his country, serving as president of the Pakistan Dental Association and of the Asia Pacific Dental Federation. He served as Dean of the orthodontic faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.






 
 
 
Sep. 20, 2018

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With the dangerous force of Hurricane Florence approaching the Eastern United States and Pacific storms strengthening, the AAO anticipates that members’ practices will be impacted.

Members whose practices have been impacted by natural disasters* may apply to see what assistance the AAO can provide via the association’s Disaster Relief Fund, which is supported by budgetary allocations and donations. During 2017, the fund received nearly $200,000 in donations and through the first few months of 2018, assisted members affected by 2017 hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The AAO is now preparing to receive applications for assistance from members affected by 2018 hurricanes.

Please click here to learn how to apply for assistance or make a contribution to help your colleagues whose offices may have been damaged or destroyed. If you are in touch with a colleague whose office has been impacted, please share this information with him or her.

* Assistance is also available to members impacted by man-made disasters such as fires or civil disorders.

 
Sep. 13, 2018

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If you are attending the 2018 American Dental Association Annual Session (October 18-22 in Honolulu), you and your guest are invited to join AAO leaders at the 2018 AAO Dessert Reception.

AAO members who live nearby, or who are in Honolulu for other reasons are also welcome to attend the reception.  Please RSVP by September 20, 2018 by clicking on the link below.

Date:  Saturday, October 20, 2018

Time:  9 pm – 11 pm

Location:  Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral 3 Ballroom

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Sep. 6, 2018

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The AAO is offering Faculty Fellowship Awards for the first time since the 2009-10 academic year. The 2018 House of Delegates adopted a resolution to reinstate the Faculty Fellowship Awards Program by offering three, two-year funded Fellowships of $60,000 per year for 2019, 2020 and 2021.

The AAO conducts annual surveys of Faculty Fellowship Award recipients who received funding from 2007-2010.  The 2018 HOD resolution’s original draft by the Council on Orthodontic Education (COE) notes that survey results “show that of the 20 former Fellows, all but one has remained in academics. The remaining 19 orthodontic faculty members have generated 153 years of teaching and current indicators suggest they will stay in orthodontic program settings for the foreseeable future.”

The COE cited concerns based on recently released American Dental Education Association statistics reflecting 2015-16, indicating large numbers of dental and dental specialty faculty members are nearing retirement. The new Faculty Fellowship Awards program was developed to help stimulate interest in academic careers among today’s young orthodontists.

Applications for the first group of Faculty Fellowship Awards are being accepted, with all materials due by February 1, 2019.
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* The page also includes a link to the AAO Foundation Faculty Awards page and information about AAOF awards, which have an application deadline of November 16, 2018.


 

 
Sep. 6, 2018

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