Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein, delivered the keynote address at the International College of Dentists (ICD) International Scientific Congress & Induction Ceremony in Macau on June 19. In his remarks, Bergman noted that Macau was an ideal location for the Congress, underscoring Asia’s increasingly important role in the global dental community.
“We recognize that Asia represents an important region of future growth, and we are committed to supporting dental practitioners in this region as well as expanding our presence in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, and Southeast Asia,” said Bergman. “We share ICD’s global perspective and values, and we applaud their effort to expand their important work throughout Asia.”
During his remarks, which addressed ICD’s Section XIII (China) and its newly established Section XV (Macau and other Asian nations), Bergman also praised the work of ICD members who offer their time and talent to serve those who do not have access to oral health care.
“Through ICD’s Global Visionary Fund, we have successfully partnered with ICD around our common commitment to humanitarian service by advancing oral healthcare for underserved communities around the world. We are so appreciative of the tremendous volunteer work performed by ICD Fellows and are excited by the new opportunities for collaboration between Sections XIII and Section XV,” he said.
“We all know that addressing the complex issues of enhancing global oral health can be challenging, maybe even impossible at times. Of the many wonderful leadership lessons to be learned from Nelson Mandela’s life, I believe that this is the most important: ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ As you return to your respective countries and your individual practices and encounter new challenges, please remember that nothing is impossible,” Bergman said.
Presented in collaboration with the Macau Dental Association, the ICD Congress featured an educational program presented by a world-class lineup of international dental experts and a trade show focused on the latest advances in dental technology.