Daniel J. Klemmedson, DDS, MD, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon from Tucson, Arizona, was named the new president-elect of the ADA during the World Dental Congress in San Francisco last week. He will assume the role of ADA president in October 2020.
Since 2015, Klemmedson has served as the Fourteenth District trustee to the ADA Board of Trustees. He also was a member of the ADA House of Delegates from 2004 to 2014. He is a past president of the Arizona Dental Association, the Southern Arizona Dental Society, the Western Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the Arizona Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons as well.
Klemmedson also has earned a number of awards from prominent organizations, including Dentist of the Year and the Hall of Fame Service Award from the Arizona Dental Association. In 2018, he received the Gerald E. Hanson Outstanding Service Award from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation.
Furthermore, Klemmedson is a member of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He also is a member of the Academy of Dentistry International, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and the American Medical Association. Additionally, he holds fellowships from the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry, Klemmedson earned his MD at the USC School of Medicine. In addition to maintaining a private practice in Tucson, he is an attending oral and maxillofacial surgeon on the cleft palate and craniofacial team at Children’s Clinics.