President Elected for the American Academy of Periodontology



CHICAGO – (November 1, 2010) – Donald S. Clem, III, DDS, of Fullerton, California was installed as President of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Board of Trustees during its 96th Annual Meeting, held October 29 – November 2, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

An AAP member since 1982, Dr. Clem previously served on the Board of Trustees as President Elect in 2010, Vice President in 2009, and Secretary/Treasurer in 2008. In addition to the Board of Trustees, Dr. Clem has served on multiple Academy Committee’s and Task Forces, including the Strategic Planning Committee, Education Committee, and the Editorial Liaison Committee. He was President of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation in 2003. Dr. Clem is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a Past President of the California Society of Periodontists.

“Dr. Clem has been an invaluable member of the Board of Trustees for many years. Under his leadership and guidance as President, I believe that both the AAP and the field of periodontics will continue to progress.” said Academy Immediate Past President, Dr. Samuel Low.
“I am eager to take on my role as President of the AAP. This is an integral time for the specialty of periodontics, and I am excited to lead the Academy, our members and our specialty into the future,” said Dr. Clem.

Dr. Clem received his dental degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois in 1980, and his specialty training in periodontics from the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio in 1984. Dr. Clem maintains a private periodontal practice in Fullerton, California, where he also resides.

About the American Academy of Periodontology

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is an 8,000-member professional organization for periodontists – specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry’s experts in the treatment of oral inflammation and receive three additional years of specialized training following dental school. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.