AAP Celebrates 100 Years

Sign the AAP’s 100th Anniversary Guestbook!

Please take part in the celebration by sharing a unique patient story, an anecdote about an AAP meeting or other event, or a memory of fellow periodontist that inspired you. The AAP plans to highlight submissions throughout the 100th Anniversary celebration.

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Joan Otomo-Corgel

AAP Member
Manhattan Beach
CA
All periodontists should be a part of our 100 year historic event! Only as an organization do we have the strength to create scientific collaborations, share clinical expertise, and advocate for our specialty. I am looking forward to seeing my profession friends for life at the City by the Bay.

Sunny Drake

AAP Member
Salem
OR
Happy 100th Anniversary! Proud to be a periodontist, and excited for the future of periodontology. Here's to many more years to come.

Yasser khabbaz

AAP Member
TX
I am very proud to be a member of the academy ever since my first year of post graduate training in periodontics in 2005. The academy is light house for all Periodontists all over the world seeking knowledge in the field of periodontology and relatively recently ( Dental implants). I hope that the Academy continues its leading role not only in promoting the science of " periodontology " but also in improving the profession of the " Periodontist " . HAPPY 100TH ANNIVERSARY to all of the members

Richard A. Shick

AAP Member
Grand Blanc
MI
The Acadamy used to have Summer Scientific Seminars in addition to the Annual Academy Meeting. As Chair of this activity in 1965, an excellent summer educational program was planned in Ann Arbor Michigan. There was one night open so a bright idea arose. The General Manager of the Buick Motor Division of GM, was delighted to schedule a visit to the final assembly plant in Flint MI, the birthplace and home of the General Motors Corporation. Two busses loaded all participants and drove them to Flint, 60 miles away, for a dinner in the Corporate Dinning room. Next was a tour of the most advanced final assembly line in the world. One hour and twenty minutes after a frame started down the line, a brand new Buck automobile was driven to the loading dock for shipment to a dealership. Side assembly lines displayed how components were made ready to enter final line and all these activities were fascinating and mind boggling. Years later, fellow Periodontists would tell me how much they enjoyed and were fascinated by that tour. Never once, did anyone compliment the wonderful scientific program they attended. My hope was now that they saw this final assembly, those currently not Buick owners would become owners and those that were Buick owners would continue that practice. Dick Shick

lululin

AAP Member
shenzhen
I am a dentist from China. I became a member of AAP this year, with appreciation. I know AAP from my teather Mr. Hu, who is a member of AAP for many years, and every year he go to attend the conference.He also teach me a lot in periodontitics. I have encountered a lot problems in periodontal patients, which can not be found in many books. After browsing the website of AAP, I was deeply inspired, with no feeling of hopelessness any more. So,I have arranged my job and family, holping to attend the anniversary conference to learn more.Most important, best wishes to the 100th anniversary celebration, and a better future!

Dr Jo Rummelhart

AAP Member
Madison
WI
When I graduated from Bethesda in 1988, the AAP was just creating the "Young Periodontist" Committee. It was an "early exposure" to the inner workings of the Academy...... and the encouragement and inclusiveness that the leaders of the Academy showed to this committee was IMPRESSIVE. What great role models and mentors! My warmest "thank you" to all who have served the Academy so well over the years......it is greatly appreciated!

Nie Rui

Friend of the AAP
Yiwu
I am a Chinese Periodontist. I knew AAP from internet. You know, more than 70% of 1.4 billion chinese people have periodontal problems. However, the number of professionally trained periodontist is less than 2000 by now. So, you can imagine the working burden of us. I am not an AAP member yet. I am a friend of it. The infomation got from www.perio.org really inspired me to go ahead. Last year, I wanted to join AAP annual session and I sent an e-mail to AAP. Fortunately, I got the permission. However, because my daughter was starting school then and many of my patients required treatment then, I didn't go for that. It was really heartbreaking. This year, I have arranged my family and career well for the September celebration. Trust me, I will take part in, in any situation except for some really irreversible reasons. 100 years is a long period. And I regard anything lasts for 100 years as classical, authentic and endurable. AAP is just of this kind. Because the organization has really promoted the health status of whole word people, AAP is more than this kind. The organization is positive, active and inspiring. I sincerely congratulate the achievements AAP gained in last century, and I believe AAP will be better in next century!

Zoran Aleksic

AAP Member
Belgrade, Serbia, Europe
I came across the AAP in 2003, and consider it to be the leading global organization in the field of Periodontology, emphasizing individual and institutional improvement, and giving important practitioner guidelines through conferences and its Journal. Facing its Centennial Celebration, AAP has proved to be consistent in establishment and promotion, as well as constant improvement of the scientific field in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry.

Andreas O. Parashis, DDS, Dr. Odont.

AAP Member
Athens, Greece
I’ve been a member of the AAP since 1983, the year after I graduated from Greek dental school and came to the United States to become a periodontist. At the time there were only five US-trained periodontists in Athens, Greece. I moved back to Greece in 1987 and at that time, the European Federation of Periodontology was only a vision. For those of us in Europe, the AAP was our connection to the periodontal specialty. For the European periodontists of my generation, the AAP was the Academy that inspired us, not only in terms of its structure, but in the way the members functioned among one another – with respect and cooperation. Even if you look at the AAP logo, you’ll see the words “cooperate” and “advance”; those concepts drive the model of the AAP. The AAP has provided the vision for how societies can help periodontists, with publications and information, initially on paper and later through the web. Today, I can even follow the AAP’s whole meeting on the web! Over the years, the AAP has been a great connection to the specialty for international members. Andreas O. Parashis, DDS, Dr. Odont.

W. Peter Nordland DMD,MS

AAP Member
La Jolla
CA
I am pleased to say that I have NEVER missed an AAP meeting and will be attending my 32 consecutive meeting this year. The primary reason that has made it so important for me to attend each year is that it always recharges my batteries when it comes to technique, new materials and nuggets to help me with my patient care. Through the years I have had the pleasure to learn from such greats as Kramer, Schallhorn, Seibert, Miller and Ono just to name a few of the leading educators and stalwarts. As in past years, the 100th Anniversary Meeting should prove to be an awesome learning experience and a special milestone. Thank you to all for making this year a special one. W. Peter Nordland DMD,MS

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