Dr. Clara M. Spatafore of Carnegie, Pa., was recently appointed Secretary of the American Association of Endodontists by President Sandra Madison. Dr. Spatafore has been an AAE member since 1987 and also serves as District I director on the AAE board, representing eight New England states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
"Clara has demonstrated an innate ability to listen, assess situations and offer constructive feedback," said Dr. Madison. "She takes her position as an AAE director seriously. I am certain she will fulfill the responsibilities of AAE secretary with the same enthusiasm and efficiency."
Dr. Spatafore received her D.D.S., M.S. and certificate in endodontics from West Virginia University. In 1992, she attained Diplomate status through the American Board of Endodontics. She is a past member of the AAE's Research and Scientific Affairs Committee, the Ad hoc Committee for Endodontic Workforce Assessment and the Committee for Strategic Architecture and Governance.
"I'm extremely proud and honored to serve the organization in this new capacity," said Dr. Spatafore. "I am flattered that Dr. Madison appointed me and will work diligently to further the AAE's mission."
In addition to her involvement with the AAE, Dr. Spatafore is a staff member at Alleghany General Hospital and maintains a private practice in Sewickley, Pa. She is an assistant professor in endodontics at Drexel University, a reservist for the U.S. Navy and a board examiner for the Northeast Regional Boards specialty exams.
The position of AAE Secretary was vacated in July by Dr. Howard B. Fine, D.M.D., who submitted his resignation citing personal reasons. Dr. Spatafore will serve in this capacity through April 2005, and will continue to represent AAE District I through the last year of her term in 2005-2006.
The American Association of Endodontists, headquartered in Chicago, represents more than 6,500 members worldwide. The Association was founded in 1943. It is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care. The Association inspires its members to pursue professional advancement and personal fulfillment through education, research, advocacy, leadership, communication and service.