Thank You ADA!

October 28, 2014

Honoured with ADA’s tribute I cannot give away the present moment without a feedback to my friends and colleague’s followers of my blog through these last few years.

The ADA 2014 – America’s Dental Meeting took place in San Antonio, Texas, from 9th till 14th October.

Presentation of Honorary Membership at the Meeting of the American Dental Association by ADA President Charles H Norman III

Photo, courtesy ADA News. © 2014 American Dental Association

ADA President Charles H Norman III remarks:

…”As FDI President, he worked collaboratively with the ADA as we jointly sought to ensure the World Health Organization, United Nations and others to promote oral health as a global health priority”… (read more)

maxine-feinberg-ada

Maxine Feinberg, ADA President-Elect at the ADA Opening Ceremony

Photo, courtesy ADA News. © 2014 American Dental Association

Source: ADA- news –Press Release …” In nominating, Dr. da Silva, then ADA President-Elect Maxine Feinberg underscored how his leadership helped transform FDI, moving the international organization in the “right direction” toward “greater financial security.”

She also addressed his efforts to expand access to care. “He has worked tirelessly to improve the oral health of underserved populations all over the world,” Dr. Feinberg wrote. “His energy is boundless. He should be an inspiration to all.”

My speech
…” My sincere thanks to the Board of Trustees, to the ADA, to those I’ve working with this last years, many of them present in this room!
A special word for my colleagues in Portugal.” (read more)

Addressing to ADA House of Delegates

Photo, courtesy ADA News. © 2014 American Dental Association

Photo, courtesy ADA News. © 2014 American Dental Association

Photo, courtesy ADA News. © 2014 American Dental Association

The opening general session had as Distinguished Speaker George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States and Founder of the George W. Bush Foundation.

Photo, courtesy ADA News. © 2014 American Dental Association

From left to right, Greg Chadwick ADA Past President , Kathryn Kell, FDI Treasurer , Charles H. Norman III, ADA President at the “ADA International Reception”.

San Antonio, Saint Anthony (1195 – 1231) also known as Anthony of Lisbon, was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order.

santo-antonio-placa

“San Antonio – For whom the City & River are named. Gift of Portugal”

Beautiful San Antonio River…

American Texan Style…


Elected Honorary Member of the ADA!

July 10, 2014

A few days ago, I received the most pleasant surprise:

ada-letter

Charles H. Norman III, ADA President wrote to me on behalf of the ADA Board of Trustees informing me of my election to the Honorary membership in the American Dental Association!

…”The honor is conferred by the Board of Trustees on those individuals who made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the art and science of dentistry”….

This honorary Membership is a tremendous joy for me.

The ADA and its efforts in promoting oral health in the United States and at global level have always been a source of inspiration for me.

I remember very well in the beginning of the past decade, applying for ADA Affiliate membership. Besides being part of the ADA organization, the possibility of accessing the most valuable information in terms of oral health promotion was of tremendous importance for me not only as a dentist in the private practice, but also for the professional organizations in which I was involved.

The ADA, being on the frontline of the defence of dentists and the profession in the US, constituted many times a source of inspiration to launch similar battles in Portugal , at an European Union level and later on at an FDI level.

I could never have imagined at the time, that one day I would be distinguished with such an honour!

This election by the ADA, one of the biggest, oldest and most respected professional organizations of the world is an enormous incentive to continue the fight to help promoting access of the populations to oral health!

My sincere thanks to the ADA! I’m looking forward to seing you all at the ADA 2014 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, 9-14 October


Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders

December 18, 2013

aohab-logoI really appreciated participating , by kind invitation of Steve Kess, treasurer and vice-president, Global Professional Relations Henry Schein, Inc., in the Leadership Development Program with the Alliance for Oral Health.

…”The Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders was founded for the purpose of promoting peace and well-being through oral health in countries, regions, and communities in the world, particularly those facing social, economic, and political unrest. Using oral health as the path, members of the AOHAB are committed — independently of any political agendas — to foster, create, and sustain collaborative relationships in order to bring about peace and harmony among people.

Over  50 participants from 14 countries came together in NY.

Over 50 participants from 14 countries came together in NY.

AOHAB is a nonprofit, international nongovernmental organization created by oral health care professionals and oral health advocates — dentists, dental educators, members of the oral health care team, business leaders, researchers, public servants, administrators, advocates and others — representing dozens of nationalities with the vision of achieving global peace and health through oral health by means of collaborative dialogue and action.

ny1

The overall guiding principle of AOHAB is based on ethical behaviour and impartiality, respecting all racial, ethnic, religious, political, gender, and age characteristics of people everywhere. AOHAB is dedicated to the spirit of humanitarianism, having genuine concern for the lives of others and their improvement, and fostering mutual understanding and respect for the human right to health, including oral health, for all.

ny2

Within this context, members of AOHAB view oral health as an integral part of general health, with many of the risk factors shared with diseases affecting other body systems. The projects to be 
sponsored by AOHAB should promote health, prevent disease, and provide appropriate health care for populations in areas in conflict or with social/economic distress…”

A list of reputated members are already committed with the Alliance,

Faculties,
• Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, A.T. Still University, USA
• Faculty of Dentistry, Al-Quds University, Palestine
• Case School of Dental Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, USA
• School of Stomatology, Guangxi Medical University, China
• Faculty of Dentistry, Hacettepe University, Turkey
• Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard University, USA
• Faculty of Dental Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
• Faculty of Dentistry, Khon Kaen University, Thailand
• Dental Institute, Kings College London, UK
• Faculty of Dentistry, Kuwait University, Kuwait
• Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, India
• Faculty of Stomatology, Medical University, Bulgaria
• Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry, Russian Federation
• School of Dentistry, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, United Republic of Tanzania
• Department of Oral Science, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
• School of Stomatology, Peking University, China
• School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook University, USA
• The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel
• Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University, USA
• Tokyo Dental College, Japan
• School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo, USA
• School of Dentistry, University of California San Francisco, USA
• Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, USA
• Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Sydney, Australia
• Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Canada
• Pre-Dental Society & Student Run Free-Dental Clinic, University of California San Diego, USA

And industry …
• Air Technics
• Bedford Healthcare Solutions
• Crosstext
• DMG America LLC
• Henry Schein
• Premier Dental Products
• The P&G Company
• Septodont

The project has a fantastic potential. I’m sure we al will hear more, much more about the AOHAB!


Thank You Boston! Thank You Tufts University!

June 25, 2013

I was invited by Paul Stark, director of Advanced and Graduate Education of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, to the Fourth Annual Master of Science Research Day, as keynote speaker.

md-research-day

webimg-20130610-oms-boston-tufts-037b

The theme of my address was "Vision 2020 – Shaping the future of oral health".

The theme of my address was “Vision 2020 – Shaping the future of oral health”.

An audience with students from the Division of Advanced & Graduate Education.

An audience with students from the Division of Advanced & Graduate Education.

After words, a participated Q&A session with the audience.

After words, a participated Q&A session with the audience.

webimg-20130610-oms-boston-tufts-061

Me with Irina Dragan, periodontology resident at Tufts, and Paul Stark, director of Advanced and Graduate Education of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Supplying myself with energy to...

Supplying myself with energy to…

20130609-oms-boston-tufts-022

… to run along…

webimg-20130608-oms-boston-tufts-016

…the Charles River in Boston.


Turning Vision 2020 into an action plan – Chicago/ADA

February 23, 2013

The taskforce Vision 2020 met in Chicago at the American Dental Association (ADA) headoffice.

20130221-chicago-midwinter-meeting-006

20130221-chicago-midwinter-meeting-016

We thank the ADA for all the collaboration and support.

From the FDI – World Dental Federation, the participants were Orlando Monteiro da Silva (president), Kathryn Kell (treasurer), Patrick Hescot (concilor), Gerhard Seeberger (councilor), Jean-Luc Eiselé (executive director) and Emmanuel Chevron (associate director). From the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), were Michael Glick and David Williams (IADR).

And industry partners: Christian Brutzer (Ivoclar), Gerard Meuchner (Henry Schein), Robert Labella (Johnson&Johnson), Mike Butler (Colgate), Analia Mendez (Unilever), Mayumi Kaneda (Sunstar), Friedrich A. Herbst (IDM).

This was a great opportunity to share ideas and suggestions for an operationalisation of Vision 2020 in the months and years to come.

20130220-chicago-midwinter-meeting-001

At the Chicago’s Millennium Park, with “The Bean” behind


Thanksgiving New York!

November 30, 2011

For the occasion of the 87th Annual Session of the Greater New York Dental Meeting, having been kindly invited by its general chairman, Dr. John Halikias and its executive director, Dr. Robert Edwab, I had the pleasure to attend this meeting on behalf of FDI.

The day after my arrival, the 24th November, I had the opportunity to watch the traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was three-hours of an interesting view and a different feel of the Big Apple just before heading towards a full agenda!

The 2nd Annual FOLA (Latin America) Global Leadership Programme organization invited me to attend their breakfast/meeting.

Guests were invited for a breakfast on 28th November.

And welcomed by Steve Kess, Henry Schein Inc., vice president.

I had the opportunity to meet the president of the Hispanic Dental Association, Margo Melchor, an organization focused on addressing the representation of Hispanic colleagues in the United States.

The Greater NY Dental Meeting included this year 18,311 dentists. It was also a good occasion to promote our FDI AWDC 2012.

The “Celebrity Luncheon” was also an important moment where I took the chance to strengthen relations with several presidents of dental associations and with deans of dental schools.

With George Stephanopoulos, who was an senior adviser in the Clinton administration, was the celebrity speaker.

Orlando Monteiro da Silva and George Stephanopoulos

With Gorki Espinoza, president of the Ecuador Dental Association.

The International Dental Tribune organized the first Dental Tribune Global Awards where I had the pleasure to see some good friends and qualified colleagues being recognized for their efforts in oral health.

From left, SHOFU Europe managing director Wolfgang van Hall, Latin American Dental Federation president Dr. Adolfo Rodríguez, Dental Tribune International publisher Torsten Oemus and AMD LASERS president Alan Miller.

Last but not the least, always time for my jogging…


FDI at American Dental Association Annual Session Las Vegas

October 19, 2011

One say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…. But I’ll open an exception regarding the ADA Annual Session.

It was a great pleasure for me to accept ADA kind invitation to attend it’s Congress on behalf of FDI.

The problems of the profession are similar, at different scales, all over the world.And the answers are very often also global. FDI has a main role, as “leading the oral to optimal oral health”.

At the Opening Session

At the Opening Session

Dr. William R. Calnon was installed as the 148th president of the American Dental Association before the ADA House of Delegates Oct. 14.

Dr. William R. Calnon was installed as the 148th president of the American Dental Association before the ADA House of Delegates Oct. 14.

Dr. Condoleeza rice, distinguished speaker at the Oppening Session, gave a wonderful speech regarding the political economical moment we are living in the US and at a global level.

Dr. Condoleeza rice, distinguished speaker at the Oppening Session, gave a wonderful speech regarding the political economical moment we are living in the US and at a global level.

At the FDI booth me and FDI executive director with the São Paulo/APCD delegation.

At the FDI booth me and FDI executive director with the São Paulo/APCD delegation.

With Kathy Roth, ADA Past President.

With Kathy Roth, ADA Past President.

At the ADA House of Delegates, by invitation of Ray Gist, ADA president.

At the ADA House of Delegates, by invitation of Ray Gist, ADA president.

Ray Gist adressing the House of Delegates.

Ray Gist adressing the House of Delegates.

A toast at the GC 90th birthday party.

A toast at the GC 90th birthday party.

With Ray Gist and Makoto Nakao, CEO from the GC Corporation.

With Ray Gist and Makoto Nakao, CEO from the GC Corporation.

With William Calnon (left), ADA president, and Raymond Gist, former ADA president.

With William Calnon (left), ADA president, and Raymond Gist, former ADA president.

With Ernesto Acuna, Pierre Fauchard Academy president elect.

With Ernesto Acuna, Pierre Fauchard Academy president elect.

With Kathy Kell, treasure of FDI and Jean-Luc Eiselé, executive director.

With Kathy Kell, treasurer of FDI and Jean-Luc Eiselé, executive director.

The new president-elect from ADA Robert A. Faella, immediatly after being elected by the House of Delegates.

The new president-elect from ADA Robert A. Faella, immediatly after being elected by the House of Delegates.

ADA executive director, Kathleen T. O' Loughlin.

ADA executive director, Kathleen T. O' Loughlin.

The unique Las Vegas...

The unique Las Vegas...

Las Vegas...

Las Vegas...

Las Vegas...

Las Vegas...