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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., U.S.: With 6,000 members in 70 countries around the world, the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) is recognized as one of the premier international associations for professionals interested in implant dentistry. At its recent annual meeting, held on Feb. 28–March 3 in Los Angeles, U.S., the academy appointed its 32nd president, Dr. James C. Taylor from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Taylor is AO’s first Canadian president and succeeds Dr. Michael R. Norton from London, U.K.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead our academy in its global role of enabling the development, dissemination and application of knowledge in the domain of implant dentistry, for the well-being of our patients,” said Taylor. “The academy is a grand constellation of interrelated and interdependent elements, perpetually interacting to create a whole that is so much greater than the sum of its parts, which makes AO the world’s premier international academy in the domain of evidence-based and patient-centered care in implant dentistry,” he continued.
As part of his presidential address, Taylor also outlined his vision for continuing to move AO forward on its robust strategic course and highlighted his upcoming agenda to foster AO’s message of multidisciplinary and evidence-based patient care in implant dentistry around the world.
As part of that vision, Taylor will include a number of outreach and charter chapter initiatives outside North America, as well as regional meetings in North America. Further efforts will be a number of global university programs, as well as AO’s symposiums with the International Association for Dental Research and the FDI World Dental Federation, and the upcoming AO summit in Chicago, U.S. Additionally, the continued partnership between AO and the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants will be a focus.
“I can say from personal experience that it is rare to assume the presidency of an organization that is already on a sound and successful strategic trajectory. This is a trajectory that I had the privilege of helping to shape and implement during the presidencies of my predecessors, and I plan to stay that course during my presidency,” said Taylor.
Taylor’s one-year tenure will culminate at AO’s 2019 annual meeting in Washington, U.S., the theme for which is “Current factors in clinical excellence.”