ADA installs new president: 7 things to know

Cesar Sabates, DDS, is the newly installed 158th American Dental Association president, according to an Oct. 16 news release.

1. Dr. Sabates succeeds Daniel Klemmedson, DDS, MD.

2. Dr. Sabates is the first Cuban-American dentist to serve as ADA president.

3. He has previously served as president of the Florida Dental Association and the South Florida District Dental Association.

4. Dr. Sabates is the founding president of the Dental Lifeline Network-Florida, serving as president from 2011 to April 2020.

5. Dr. Sabates maintains a private practice in Coral Gables, Fla.

6. During his ADA term, Dr. Sabates will focus on inclusivity and increasing diversity within the pipeline of councils and committees. The president will also examine ADA's business model and ensure that membership is providing what members truly need.

7. George Shepley, DDS, a general dentist in Baltimore, Md., has been named the ADA's president-elect. He has practiced dentistry since 1978.

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