9 dentists making headlines

Here's the latest roundup of dentists making headlines.

Steven Ghim, DDS, was ordered to pay his former practice $864,000 for embezzlement.

East Syracuse, N.Y.-based Aspen Dental is expanding access with a new office opening in Cumberland County, N.C., which is being led by Chaitanya Joopally, DDS.

The American Dental Association appointed Chad P. Gehani, DDS, as its 156th president on Sept. 9.

Bilal Ahmed, DDS, pleaded guilty Sept. 6 to a scheme that defrauded Medicaid of more than $5 million.

Dentist Lawrence Tabak, DDS, PhD, was appointed interim director of the National Institute of Nursing Research, and will take over for Ann Cashion, RN, PhD, beginning Oct. 1.

Aspen Dental plans to open a second location at a Tampa, Fla.-Walgreens, a move designed to create convenient and affordable dental care, which will be led by Michael Dickerson, DMD.

East Syracuse, N.Y.-based Aspen Dental has opened a new practice in Twin Falls, Idaho, which is being operated by Omid Gilani, DDS.

Former Arkansas orthodontist Benjamin Burris, DDS, pleaded not guilty Sept. 9 to claims that he bribed state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson $157,500.

Jeffrey Blandford, DDS, has been charged with three counts of tax evasion.

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