Incisal Edge magazine’s fourth annual rundown of our profession’s heaviest hitters has never been more fraught, because the industry has never faced anything quite like this pandemic.
From legislators to legends, international dentists to industry icons, Incisal Edge‘s 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry highlights the players who are shaping the future of the profession and industry. Some are new and emerging breakouts. Others are accomplished figures whose names you already know and whose relevance endures. You can debate and disagree with our choices, but one thing is certain: you can’t ignore them.
There’s one heavy hitter for every adult tooth—and each one is perfectly positioned to drive change. What have they done to make the list, and what have they set their sights on for the future? Plus, who are the contenders who narrowly missed our rankings, and who isn’t on this year’s list who made the cut last year?
Browse the complete summer 2020 issue of Incisal Edge to find out.
The American Dental Association is committed to helping the dental community navigate the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19. Their most up-to-date information regarding can be found at ADA.org/virus.
On March 20, 2020, the ADA teamed with leading infection control experts from the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) to provide the dental community with practical guidance and education.
The first step: providing extensive resources and webinars. View an entire page of their recorded webinars here.
An example of one of the videos:
Dental professionals are invited to frequently check this page for additional webinars.
On which other topics does the ADA share COVID-19 updates, webinars?
Current Infection Control Protocols and Procedures
Personal Protective Equipment
Sanitizing Operatory Rooms and Equipment
Pre-Treatment Mouth Rinses and Daily Hygiene
Protecting Patients and Dental Staff
And the presenters are…
Eve Cuny, MS, the Director of Environmental Health and Safety and Associate Professor at University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California where she is also Assistant Dean for Global Relations.
Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP, the Director of Occupational Health and Safety, and the Forsyth Research Subject and Patient Safety Advocate at The Forsyth Institute.
“Wahlberg’s long-standing allegiance to philanthropic outreach and the Foundation’s efforts to address opioid abuse align with the work of ADA and dentists across the country. Join us during the Opening Ceremony and General Session to hear more about this important work and to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary global impact that ADA and FDI dentists make every day.”
Wahlberg, a committed philanthropist, works to improve the quality of life for inner-city youth through the Foundation, helping them to be successful and lead extraordinary lives.
Who else will inspire attendees?
Alison Levine, team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition and author of the New York Times Bestseller, On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments, will present Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and offer a small group session – a Fireside Chat at 3:30 p.m.
Her goal: to inspire attendees to reach new heights and discover how the principles that lead to success in the world of extreme adventure also apply to the everyday settings—in a dental practice and in life. Levine will share authentic parallels between the mountains and the uncontrollable events that you deal with every day. Set against the backdrop of her remarkable expeditions, she will provide a framework to help you scale the ‘big peaks’ you aspire to climb and offer unorthodox advice about how to take risk, improve teamwork and deal with changing environments.
Haven’t registered yet? There’s still time. Find out how below.
Dr. Juliann Bluitt Foster died April 17 at her home in Hilton Head, S.C. She was 80, according to the story.
Chicago Dental Society President Cheryl Watson-Lowry, the society’s second female African-American president, describes Dr. Bluitt Foster’s mentorship qualities in an obituary published in the CDS Review:
“As the first female and African-American female president of the Chicago Dental Society, Juliann Bluitt inspired me and countless others to pursue our dreams without limitation. She not only served as a role model to so many of us but was also a pioneer in multiple arenas.”
After earning her dental degree from Howard University in 1962, she dedicated her professional efforts as a member of the Chicago Board of Health, then later joined Northwestern University’s dental school as a dental educator and assistant dean.
Bart Barnes illustrates in his story how Dr. Bluitt Foster “encouraged and supported an increase in the number of female dental students”.
“It was expected that women would not be good in operating a dental practice because they didn’t have business experience,” she told the Chicago Tribune in 1992. “But women have been managing time, money and resources for years.”
Read more about Dr. Bluitt Foster’s early years in Washington and her legacy in dentistry: here.
Learn about her career in Chicago and achievements as the first female president of the Chicago Dental Society: here.
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