Donald S. Clem, III, DDS, Transitions to AAP Immediate Past President

Dr. Clem maintains a private periodontal practice in Fullerton, California.

CHICAGO—November 14, 2011—Donald S. Clem, III, DDS, of Fullerton, California completed his tenure as President of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Board of Trustees at its 97th Annual Meeting, held November 12-15, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida. Dr. Clem now assumes the role of Immediate Past President.

Donald ClemAn AAP member since 1982, Dr. Clem has served on multiple Academy Committee’s and Task Forces, including the Strategic Planning Committee, Education Committee, and the Editorial Liaison Committee. He was President of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation in 2003. Dr. Clem is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a Past President of the California Society of Periodontists.

“Dr. Clem has been an integral member of the Board of Trustees for many years. Under his leadership and guidance, the Academy experienced great success and progression. I hope to follow his example in leading both the AAP and the field of periodontics in the year to come,” said 2012 Academy President, Dr. Pamela McClain.

Dr. Clem received his dental degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois in 1980, and his specialty training in periodontics from the University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio in 1984. Dr. Clem maintains a private periodontal practice in Fullerton, California, where he also resides.

About the AAP

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is an 8,000-member professional organization for periodontists - specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry's experts in the treatment of oral inflammation and receive three additional years of specialized training following dental school. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

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