American Academy of Periodontology Installs New President, Officers in Vancouver

California Periodontist Richard T. Kao, DDS, PhD, to Preside for 2018-2019 Year

Richard T. KaoVancouver – October 31, 2018 – The American Academy of Periodontology installed Richard T. Kao, DDS, PhD, as its president during its 104th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, held Oct. 27-30. Other newly appointed officers include President-Elect Bryan J. Frantz, DMD, MS, of Scranton, Pa; Vice President James G. Wilson, DMD, of Tampa, Fla; as well as Secretary and Treasurer Christopher Richardson, DMD, MS, of Richmond, Va.

In addition to maintaining a private practice in Cupertino, Calif., Dr. Kao is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Orofacial Sciences at the University of California San Francisco and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Periodontology at the University of the Pacific. Dr. Kao obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, certificate in periodontics, and PhD from the University of California. His academic endeavors have resulted in winning two prestigious R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Awards, the publication of over 40 scientific articles and 30 book chapters, and service awards from various professional organizations. Dr. Kao’s past work in organized dentistry includes service as a trustee for the California Dental Association and past president of the California Society of Periodontists.

About Other Installed Officers:

Bryan J. FrantzBryan J. Frantz, DMD, MS, President-Elect: Certified by the American Board of Periodontology, Dr. Frantz is in full-time private practice in Scranton, Pa. He is also a clinical associate professor in the Department of Periodontology at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health and at Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. In addition to more than 30 years in practice, he has served as a past president of the AAP Foundation and as past president and board chairman of the Scranton District Dental Society. Dr. Frantz is a past examiner for the American Board of Periodontology.

James G. WilsonJames G. Wilson, DMD, Vice President: A two-term AAP Trustee, Dr. Wilson is also a past president of the Florida Association of Periodontists, and he currently serves as the president of the Florida Academy of Dental Practice Administration. He is a fellow of both the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. Dr. Wilson earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, where he also completed his periodontics residency. He is certified by the American Board of Periodontology and maintains a private practice in Tampa, Fla.

Christopher RichardsonChristopher Richardson, DMD, MS, Secretary/Treasurer: Currently in private practice in Richmond, Va., Dr. Richardson is also a clinical professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. He is a past president of the Richmond Dental Society and the Southern Academy of Periodontology, and he currently serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. A board-certified periodontist, he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his Master of Science degree and certificate in periodontology from the University of Texas Health Science Center in  San Antonio.

Steven R. DanielSteven R. Daniel, DDS, Immediate Past President: Dr. Daniel has been a practicing periodontist for more than 35 years. He completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and certificate in periodontics from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry. He also earned his board certification and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 2005. In addition to many years of service at the AAP, Dr. Daniel has served as a trustee for the Tennessee Society of Periodontists and the Southern Academy of Periodontology. He currently maintains a private practice in Murfreesboro, Tenn., with his wife and partner Dr. Joanne Gaydos-Daniel.

These AAP executives will serve a one-year term ending with the installation of a new team of officers at the 105th Annual Meeting in Chicago, to be held Nov. 2-5, 2019.

About the American Academy of Periodontology
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) represents nearly 8,000 periodontists—specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.