La Canada Flintridge, Calif. dentist Eugene Sekiguchi, BSEE, MSEE, D.D.S., was elected as president-elect of the American Dental Association (ADA) during a recent vote at the Annual ADA House of Delegates in New Orleans. He will be installed as ADA president next fall in San Francisco. The ADA has more than 141,000 members, 53 constituent (state-territorial) and 545 component (local) dental societies. It is the largest and oldest national dental association in the world.
"I promise to do my very, very best for all of you," said Dr. Sekiguchi as he addressed the ADA delegates.
Dr. Sekiguchi has served professional dentistry in a number of statewide and national capacities, including president and interim executive director of the California Dental Association (CDA), the largest constituent of the ADA. Dr. Sekiguchi, who until this election was the ADA's 13th District Trustee, has been a practicing dentist for more than 28 years, and is also currently associate dean for International, Professional and Legislative Affairs at the University of Southern California's School of Dentistry, where he also received his doctor of dental surgery degree in 1974.
Since that time, Dr. Sekiguchi has held associate professorships at the University's School of Dentistry. He also holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. Additionally, his daughter Jill, and son Kevin, are also practicing dentists who also share space with their father at their dental office in Monterey Park, Calif.
"We are so proud of Dr. Sekiguchi," said Bob Witt, interim executive director. "Gene is a very genuine person and ran a great campaign. CDA is pleased to have secured such an important role in shaping the future of ADA."
For more information on the California Dental Association, please go to www.cda.org.