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.


Dr Jo Rummelhart

AAP Member
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
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
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

stephen mackler

AAP Member
I am well aware of the tremendous impact that Academy has focused to improve our countries periodontal health, dental education standards and the well being and camaraderie of our membership.It has been an honor and pleasure to be an member, especially with my North Carolina colleagues. Congratulations and best wishes for future success

Agustin Zeron

AAP Member
Mexico City
Simply a fascinating story, worthy of celebrating and happy to participate in this academy (AAP). This year in Mexico we celebrate the first 50 years of the Mexican Association of Periodontology (AMP). I am proud to be the protagonist of these celebrations... and more proud to be a periodontologist! The Periodontology is a transdisciplinary science.

bob ferris

AAP Member
when i first joined, the aap and asp were in the process of merging. thanks to d. walter cohen and perry ratcliff, the two organizations became the aap. we have become a community of scholars and practitioners who contribute to the scientific basis of clinical dental practice. yes, we have to represent our members, 91% of whom are in private clinical practice, in a competitive market place, but our highest credibility is gained from our scientific and scholarly approach to periodontal practice. fortunately, most of our elected leaders understand this. when i was a vp of ada, their board of trustees often debated whether we wanted to be the american dental association or the american dentists association. i am comfortable that we at aap have found the right blend. thank you, and congratulations to the new generation of leaders.

Dr. Stuart Froum

AAP Member
New York
I joined the AAP as soon as I graduated from my periodontal training program, because that was the thing to do. I’ve since learned how much value comes with such a membership. As a practicing clinician there is little one or even a small group of periodontists can do in the face of challenges and competition for patients. Together as an association, we stand a chance of not only surviving as a dental specialty, but providing the best care that few General Practioners or other specialty groups can. The first annual meeting I attended as a member was in 1973 in San Antonio, Texas. At the annual meeting I saw Lenny Abrams, who I recognized by his articles and lectures on occlusion and had met once or twice. I asked him if he could give me an opinion on implant failure due to non-axial loading. He started off by saying, “nonsense”. Then he sat with me for about an hour giving me the most detailed lecture on occlusion (especially with implants), information I never would have received reading everything that had been written on the topic. I’ve had conversations similar to that with other periodontists in person at many of the AAP annual meetings, each one a great learning experience. There was never a periodontist I met at a meeting that was “too busy” to stop and talk to a young periodontist and share invaluable knowledge. No webcam, Skype conversation or video of any lecture comes close to meeting and speaking in person to those great teachers, clinicians and periodontists. I am proud to be the President of this organization.