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Vincent Iacono to lead Academy of Osseointegration

By Fred Michmershuizen, DTI
April 02, 2009

Vincent J. Iacono, DMD, of Stony Brook, NY, USA, was elected president of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) during the organization’s annual business meeting, held recently in San Diego, CA, USA. Iacono succeeds former AO President Steven G. Lewis, DMD, of Cincinnati, OH, USA.

Dr Iacono is distinguished service professor and chairman of the Department of Periodontology, School of Dental Medicine, at Stony Brook University. He is also director of the school’s Advanced Education Program in Periodontics and associate dean of postgraduate programs.

Dr Iacono co-chaired the academy’s landmark 2006 Workshop on the State of the Science of Implant Dentistry. He has served on the board of directors since 2000, including terms as AO president-elect, vice president and secretary. Dr Iacono had been active on many AO committees, including the Council on Research and the Predoctoral Education Forum Committee. He also served on the Osseointegration Foundation Board of Directors. In addition, Dr Iacono is former president of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).

Dr Iacono completed his dental degree and earned a Certificate in Periodontology and Oral Medicine at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine. He then received a Certificate in Immunology from the Forsyth Institute, Boston, MA, USA.

Also elected to the AO Board of Directors are Peter K. Moy, DMD, of Los Angeles, CA, USA, president-elect; Kenneth F. Hinds, DDS, of Laguna Niguel, CA, USA, vice president; Stephen L. Wheeler, DDS, of Encinitas, CA, USA, secretary; and Jay P. Malmquist, DMD, of Portland, OR, USA, director.

Officers and directors continuing their service on the board of directors are Past President Steven G. Lewis, DMD, of Cincinnati, OH, USA; Treasurer David L. Cochran, DDS, PhD, of San Antonio, TX, USA; and directors Joseph Gian-Grasso, DMD, of Philadelphia, PA, USA; Frank L. Higginbottom, DDS, of Dallas, TX, USA; Russell D. Nishimura, DDS, of Westlake Village, CA, USA; Michael R. Norton, BDS, of London, UK; Alan S. Pollack, DDS, of New York, NY, USA; and James Taylor, BSc, DMD, MA, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

With more than 6,000 members in 70 countries around the world, the Academy of Osseointegration is known as the world’s leading dental implant organization. Its goal is to advance the field of osseointegrated implants by fostering collaboration between representatives of different dental disciplines — oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics and general practice — through clinical and evidence-based research and education. Founded in 1985, it provides a focus for the rapidly advancing biotechnology involving the natural bond between bone and certain alloplastic reconstructive materials. In dentistry, the primary application is replacing missing teeth by affixing a titanium implant into the jawbone, then securing an artificial tooth into the implant that will look, feel and function like a natural tooth. For more information, visit



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