Dentist installed as president of Academy of General Dentistry

June 25, 2012
Jeffrey M. Cole, DDS, MBA, FAGD, of Wilmington, Del., has  been installed as president of the association.

CHICAGO, Illinois—The Academy of General Dentistry has announced that Jeffrey M. Cole, DDS, MBA, FAGD, of Wilmington, Del., was installed as president of the association during the 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibits June 21-24 in Philadelphia, Pa.

“It is an exciting time in the field of dentistry and it’s an honor to lead the AGD’s 37,000 members,” said Dr. Cole.

“Members can expect that the organization will continue to work tirelessly to advocate and protect the rights of general dentists, as well as work to ensure that the public receives the highest quality of oral care. The AGD will continue to make the public aware of the dangers that can result from receiving treatment from alternative oral health care providers; specifically, that these providers do not have the education necessary to make diagnoses or to perform irreversible surgical dental procedures.”

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A member of the AGD since 1988, Dr. Cole has been involved on the Board of Trustees representing Region 5, which is composed of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Before he was elected to the Board, Dr. Cole served on the AGD Dental Care and Dental Education councils.

He was elected treasurer of the AGD in 2006, and held that position for four years. On the constituent and regional levels, Dr. Cole served as treasurer of Region 5 before becoming regional director. He also served as a delegate to the AGD House of Delegates.

In 1993, he earned the AGD Fellowship Award, which required him to complete more than 500 hours of continuing dental education, pass a comprehensive exam, and maintain membership in the AGD for three consecutive years.

Dr. Cole received his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University in 1982 and his doctorate of dental surgery from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1986. He went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from Temple University in 1996.

Dr. Cole is a past president of the Delaware State Dental Society, and serves as a delegate to the American Dental Association on behalf of the society.

Dr. Cole and his wife, Linda, reside in Wilmington, where he maintains a solo private practice.

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