Dr. Joel Berg, chair of the UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Berg, who is a national media spokesperson for the AAPD, and other officers were installed during the organization’s recent 62nd annual session in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Berg, who holds the Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health at the School of Dentistry, is also director of dentistry at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In addition, he is director of the new Early Childhood Oral Health (ECOH) program, which is a joint venture by the UW and Seattle Children’s. ECOH’s new facility is scheduled to open at Magnuson Park in September 2010, and will be one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading pediatric oral health centers.
Berg, an AAPD member for nearly 23 years, is past president of the AAPD’s Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children program. He received his pediatric dentistry certificate and attended dental school at the University of Iowa. He also served as the AAPD’s District VI trustee from 2006 to 2009.
In addition to his leadership roles, he is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a fellow of the American College of Dentists and a fellow of International College of Dentists.
The AAPD is a not-for-profit membership association representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. The AAPD’s 7,700 members are primary oral health care providers who offer comprehensive specialty treatment for millions of infants, children, adolescents, and individuals with special health care needs. As an advocate for children’s oral health, the AAPD develops and promotes evidence-based policies and guidelines, fosters research, contributes to scholarly work concerning pediatric oral health, and educates health care providers, policymakers, and the public on ways to improve children’s oral health. For more information, visit www.aapd.org.