Academy of Osseointegration presents its new leadership

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Academy of Osseointegration presents its new leadership

The AO’s new board of directors. (Photo: Academy of Osseointegration)
Dental Tribune USA

Dental Tribune USA

Tue. 26 May 2015


NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Russell D. Nishimura, DDS, a prosthodontist from Westlake Village, Calif., and professor emeritus at UCLA School of Dentistry, was appointed president of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) at the organization’s annual business meeting, held March 14 in San Francisco. He succeeds former AO President Joseph E. Gian-Grasso, DMD, a periodontist from Philadelphia.

“The Academy of Osseointegration has always been committed to addressing and supporting the dynamic, rapidly advancing field of implant dentistry and the needs of its members,” Nishimura said. “I am ready to partner with my fellow board members to embrace fresh ideas while also carrying on our long-standing commitment to advancing oral health globally.”

This year, the AO Board will develop a new strategic plan to guide the organization in the coming years. It will include supporting research, promoting education, and fostering interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary care.

The 2015-2016 Board of Directors serving with Nishimura are:


  • President-Elect Alan S. Pollack, DDS, a periodontist from New York
  • Vice-president Michael R. Norton, BDS, FDS, RCS (Ed), an oral surgeon from London
  • Secretary Jay P. Malmquist, DMD, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon from Portland, Ore.
  • Treasurer James C. Taylor, DMD, a prosthodontist from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Past-President Gian-Grasso, DMD, a periodontist from Philadelphia


  • Clark M. Stanford, DDS, PhD, a prosthodontist from Chicago
  • Steven J. Rosenstein, DMD, a general practitioner from Aventura, Fla.
  • Tara L. Aghaloo, DDS, MD, PhD, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon from Los Angeles
  • Lyndon F. Cooper, DDS, PhD, a prosthodontist from Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Amerian D. Sones, DMD, MS, a prosthodontist from Dallas
  • Donald S. Clem III, DDS, a periodontist from Fullerton, Calif. (newly appointed)

Board appointment

  • General Practice Officer Jeffrey D. Lloyd, DDS, a general practitioner from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (newly appointed)

About Dr. Nishimura

Nishimura received his BS and DDS degrees from UCLA. Appointed as a full-time faculty member at UCLA, he taught removable prosthodontics and chaired the RPD, immediate dentures and osseointegrated implants courses. Nishimura became co-director of the maxillofacial prosthetics residency program, director of the UCLA maxillofacial prosthetic and implant laboratory and later the executive vice-chairman of the division of advanced prosthodontics, biomaterials and hospital dentistry. Promoted to professor in the division of restorative dentistry, he taught fixed prosthodontics, operative and esthetic dentistry, later retiring as professor emeritus.

(Source: Academy of Osseointegration)


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