Celebrating ADA’s 150th Anniversary, Connecting with Alumni in Hawaii

Dr. Gerald Kim (left), Dr. Joseph Yamamoto (center) welcomed alumni with true Hawaiian friendliness
Dr. Gerald Kim (left), Dr. Joseph Yamamoto (center) welcomed alumni with true Hawaiian friendliness

I looked forward to meeting up with colleagues and leaders in our profession at the American Dental Association’s Annual Session in Hawaii during the first weekend in October. This year is a significant milestone for ADA, which celebrated its 150th anniversary during the meeting.

We had a contingent of numerous faculty members, administrators and alumni, as well as some student leaders who made the trip. I was proud to see all of the familiar faces from San Francisco so actively involved, including some who presented lectures.

Our involvement also included significant representation in the ADA House of Delegates, part of the association’s governance. I was very impressed with the University of the Pacific presence when I looked around the room in the House of Delegates meetings. With our strong network of alumni, our school is among the dental schools with very significant involvement in the ADA House of Delegates. This reflects one of our school’s values — leadership.

The Alumni Association also held a reception over weekend to give Pacific graduates a chance to get together. It was great to see the large turnout and I was impressed by the energy in the room. I know people really enjoyed themselves and many stayed well past the event’s closing time.

I would like to thank the Alumni Association for organizing a successful event, along with the help of Alumni Association President Dr. Marvin Carnow ’74A and local organizers such as Dr. Gerald Kim ’98 (and ’00 Orthodontics). Dr. Joseph Yamamoto ’49 was a wonderful host who greeted guests at the door with special macadamia treats and brought a smile to everyone’s faces. It was an inspiring opportunity to visit with some of the Hawaiian dental professionals who are part of the long legacy of our school.

The Dugoni School of Dentistry has a history of close involvement in organized dentistry, and I was glad to see this tradition continue at the ADA event. We make a direct impact on the future of our profession through our involvement in local dental societies on up through the state and national dental associations.