The official AAP spokesperson for 2022-23 is President David Okano DDS, MS.

In 2015, after 30 years of private practice, Dr. Okano accepted a full-time academic appointment at the University of Utah School of Dentistry, where he is currently Associate Professor and head of the Clinical Periodontics Section. He has served on numerous AAP committees since 2001, and in 2019 became chair of the Task Force to Evaluate Predoctoral Periodontal Education. Dr. Okano has served as a member of the AAP Board of Trustees since 2012, serving as secretary/treasurer during the 2019/2020 term. Dr. Okano received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and Master of Science degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry.

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