114 dental leadership moves in 2021

This year, dental companies and organizations named new CEOs, directors, vice presidents and more.

Here are 114 leadership moves from 2021:

  • Lawrence Tabak, DDS, PhD, was named acting director of the National Institutes of Health.
  • The Chicago Dental Society installed Michael Durbin, DDS, as president-elect.
  • The University at Buffalo (N.Y.) School of Dental Medicine appointed Stefan Ruhl, DDS, interim dean.
  • Kyle Wailes recently announced he will step down as SmileDirectClub's CFO in March 2022.
  • SmileDirectClub named Brett Deaver senior vice president and general manager of its global partner network. It also appointed Ted Ward as a director on its board.
  • Delta Dental of Tennessee promoted its CFO Jeff Ballard to executive vice president. It also named Melissa Huschke COO and Shanda Brown as chief diversity officer.
  • Duane Douglas, DMD, was named interim dean at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton.
  • Ronald Sakaguchi, DDS, PhD, was appointed dean at Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry in Portland.
  • Cataldo Leone, DMD, was named dean of the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
  • George Bruder, DMD, was appointed chief research and strategies officer of Pittsburgh-based DSO North American Dental Group.
  • The American Orthodontic Society elected Brian Vierthaler, DDS, as its next president.
  • Orange, Calif.-based Western Dental appointed Paul Holt as executive vice president and CFO; Vivek Kumar as chief credit officer; Eric Royal as chief compliance officer; and Keith Kooman as vice president of financial planning and analysis.
  • Dental software company Tab32 named Erin Norris, Jim Smit and Paul Blocchi as directors of strategic accounts. In October, it promoted Melissa LuVisi to chief strategy officer. In July, the company added three dental leaders to its advisory board: Emmet Scott, president of the Association of Dental Support Organizations; Roshan Parikh, DDS, Walmart's former head of dentistry; and Visio co-founder Ellen Polsky, DDS.
  • Belangie Perez-Torres was elected vice president for professional development of the New York Dental Hygienists' Association.
  • Sarasota, Fla.-based Dental Care Alliance appointed William Mauthe III, DDS, as dental director and Bernard Bolka as market vice president.
  • Wayne Aldredge, DMD, Sheri Doniger, DDS, Emily Boge and Paul Goodman, DMD, were added as members of vTail's clinical advisory board to support the healthcare communication app's dental channel.
  • Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Imagen Dental Partners appointed Michael Unton COO. It also added Shivi Gupta, DMD, and Tony Hatch, DDS, as clinical leaders for its California practices.
  • Joseph Zambon, DDS, PhD, dean of the University at Buffalo (N.Y.) School of Dental Medicine, announced that he will retire Jan. 5 after 39 years with the school.
  • The American Dental Association's Business Innovation Group appointed Tim Steffl its new president and CEO.
  • Wardah Inam, PhD, CEO of dental artificial intelligence company Overjet, was added as a member of oral health nonprofit the Santa Fe Group's Strategic Advisory Council.
  • The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons named 12 dentists as trustees and officers.
  • The University of Texas Health San Antonio School of Dentistry appointed Micaela Gibbs, DDS, its first chief dental officer.
  • Dental technology company Keystone Dental Holdings appointed Mark Neri senior vice president of international sales.
  • The American Association of Dental Boards named nine dentists to its board of directors.
  • The Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners installed Matthew McDonough, DDS, as its next president.
  • Burlington, Vt.-based orthodontics company StarAligners selected Reid Greenberg as its CEO.
  • Chicago-based DSO Elite Dental Partners appointed Sarah Berman vice president of general counsel. It also named Amy Stadtherr its director of dental implants and surgery.
  • The American Dental Association installed Cesar Sabates, DDS, as its newest president and named George Shepley, DDS, its president-elect. The organization added Elizabeth Shapiro, DDS, as chief of governance and strategy management. In October, Raymond Cohlmia, DDS, joined the ADA as executive director.
  • Ten dental professionals were selected to be a part of Nashville, Tenn.-based DSO Marquee Dental Partners' dental advisory board.
  • The Delta Dental Plans Association hired Michael Schwartz to be its chief strategic collaboration officer.
  • Eight dentists were appointed as officers and trustees of the Minnesota Dental Association.
  • Waltham, Mass.-based DSO 42 North Dental tapped David Lustbader, DMD, to be its director of clinical affairs and Sharon Korzan as chief development officer. In September, the DSO appointed Diane Vaccaro as chief marketing officer and Thomas Brouillard as CFO. In May, it selected former CVS Health executive Johnny Khouri as its new COO.
  • California-based dentist Randall Elloway, DDS, was named a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology.
  • Penn Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia named Bruce Brandolin, DDS, assistant dean of intramural practice and external partnerships. It also named Michael Glick, DMD, director of its new Center for Integrative Global Oral Health.
  • South Carolina-based dentist Martin Steed, DDS, was added to the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery board of directors.
  • North Carolina-based dentist Gregory Chadwick, DDS, was named president-select of the FDI World Dental Federation.
  • Stephen Dargan, DDS, was named president of the Maryland State Dental Association.
  • Graham Stanley, former CFO of Henry Schein's global dental group, was selected to be the dental and medical office supplier's vice president of investor relations and strategic financial project officer.
  • Joseph Fox and Michael Gans were named vice presidents of business development for Carrollton, Texas-based dental partnership organization MB2 Dental.
  • Fred Leviton, president and CEO of Dental Lifeline Network, will retire at the end of 2021.
  • Nicole Kimmes, DDS, was named interim dean of the University of New England College of Dental Medicine in Portland, Maine.
  • CMS appointed Natalia Chalmers, DDS, PhD, as its first chief dental officer.
  • Dental software company Planet DDS appointed Matthew Junk as director of conversions and Shawn Edwards as its CFO.
  • Woodbridge, Va.-based dental leadership organization Lightwave appointed David Wurtzbacher as president.
  • The University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City named Paul Mullasseril, DDS, dean of its College of Dentistry.
  • Roshan Parikh, DDS, Walmart's former head of dentistry, joined clear aligner company Candid as a clinical growth ambassador.
  • Pittsburgh-based DSO North American Dental Group appointed Jonathan Walker as CEO, Shawn Blake as COO and Julie Penn as its first chief growth officer.
  • Irvine, Calif.-based Smile Brands added Elizabeth Macready as director of mergers and acquisitions.
  • The Association of Dental Support Organizations appointed Gray McGinnis as vice president of government relations.
  • Camp Hill, Pa.-based Progressive Dental Concepts added Stephen Canis, DMD, as chief dental officer.
  • Delta Dental of Arizona appointed Michael Jones president and CEO.
  • Orthodontic Partners promoted Peter Kosenko to CFO.
  • Delta Dental of Arkansas selected Kristin Merlo as its next president and CEO.
  • The New York Dental Association appointed Kevin Henner, DMD, as president; James Galati, DDS, as president-elect; Anthony Cuomo, DDS, as vice president; and Frank Barnashuk, DDS, as secretary-treasurer.
  • Biolase recently added three dental industry leaders to its board of directors.
  • LightForce Orthodontics added Kelly Cunning Riedel as COO.
  • Sonendo appointed Michael Smith as chief commercial officer.
  • Lexington, Ky.-based DSO Pepperpointe Partnerships named David North its new chief operating officer.
  • The University of Missouri-Kansas City named Steven Haas, DMD, the dean of its dental school.
  • The American Dental Hygienists' Association elected Dawn Ann Dean to be its next president.
  • On July 22, Vista Verde Dental Partners introduced Jill Cruz as its director of operations.
  • The Maine Dental Association board of directors elected Norma Desjardins, DDS, as its next president.
  • K. Jean Beauchamp, DDS, was named president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Patterson Dental Supply's former president, Eric Shirley, stepped into the role of senior vice president of business development, while its former senior vice president and general manager, Tim Rogan, stepped into the role of president.
  • Supply Clinic welcomed Patrick Strohkirch as its new vice president of special markets to lead ProSuite, a dental procurement platform for multi-office dental practices and DSOs.
  • Delta Dental Plan of Maine added Marcia Minter, Grace Odimayo, DMD, and Bradford Rand, DDS, to its board of directors in July. 
  • The Oregon Health Authority selected Kaz Rafia, DDS, as the next director of its dental program.
  • Pacific Dental Services Vice President of Clinical Quality Charles Rodgers, DDS, was reappointed to Epic's Dentistry Steering Board for a two-year term.
  • Stephen Pachuta, DDS, began serving as the new dean of West Virginia University's dental school in Morgantown June 1.
  • The National Dental Association tapped Keith Andrew Perry as its new executive director.
  • The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry named its president-elect, Amr Moursi, DDS, PhD, along with six other board officers and trustees. The other new inductees are Vice President Scott Cashion, DDS; Secretary-treasurer Scott Smith, DDS; Academic Trustee-at-Large James Boynton, DDS; Southwestern District Trustee Jeffrey Rhodes, DDS; Western District Trustee Jonathon Lee, DDS; and ABPD Director Brian Hodgson, DDS.
  • The American Board of Orthodontics elected Patrick Foley, DDS, as its new president.
  • New York City-based Tend appointed Chris Salierno, DDS, as its first chief dental officer.
  • The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons selected Karin Wittich as its new executive director.
  • The Nevada Dental Association announced Ed De Andrade, DDS, as its new president.
  • Chicago-based Elite Dental Partners appointed Trish Keena as its director of dental hygiene.
  • Effingham, Ill.-based Heartland Dental hired Stacy DeWalt to serve as chief marketing officer and executive vice president.
  • Morrisville, N.C.-based Affordable Care appointed Marybeth Hays to its board of directors.
  • Texas-based dental management company U.S. Oral Services Management introduced Gordon Brady, DMD, and Vincent Montgomery, DMD, to its clinical governance board.
  • Louisville, Ky.-based Mortenson Dental Partners named Britt Bostick, DDS, its chief dental officer.
  • Miami-based Guardian Dentistry Partners has appointed Chris Carlisle as general counsel, Andrea Garson as chief people officer and Robert Papenbrock as its vice president of finance.
  • Dental service organization Rock Dental Brands' COO, Kristi Crum, stepped into the role of CEO.
  • Rosalinda Olague, senior manager of dental assistant strategy and university relations for Pacific Dental Services, was reappointed to the Dental Board of California by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
  • Medical software company Epic reappointed Pacific Dental Services Vice President of Clinical Quality Charles Rodgers, DDS, to its Dentistry Steering Board for a two-year term.
  • Charlotte, N.C.-based Synergy Dental Partners welcomed Brian Dershow as COO and Jim Gochis as executive vice president of procurement.
  • Henry Schein added Reed Tuckson, MD, to its board of directors.
  • Naperville-based Delta Dental of Illinois named Rheaana Guess as its vice president, people and diversity officer. It also tapped Jason Grinter, DDS, as dental director.
  • Metuchen, N.J.-based teledentistry company MouthWatch named Sylvia Rochon senior director of sales and marketing.
  • Westbury, N.Y.-based Orthosnap, a provider of dental aligner systems, welcomed Fred Joyal, co-founder of 1-800-DENTIST, to its board of advisers.
  • Vafa Jamali was appointed CEO of NewCo, a spinoff dental and spine company created by Zimmer Biomet.
  • Henry Schein One appointed Mike Baird as CEO.
  • Plymouth Meeting, Pa.-based Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners named Leigh Feenburg as CEO.

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