ADA elects new officers at ADA House of Delegates meeting

Oct. 16, 2014
New president-elect, second vice president and trustee elected at San Antonio meeting of ADA House of Delegates.
The American Dental Association (ADA) announces the election of a new president-elect, second vice president and trustee during the San Antonio meeting of the ADA House of Delegates.

Carol Summerhays, DDS, a general dentist in San Diego, is the new president-elect of the ADA. She will assume the role of president of the ADA in November 2015. Thomas W. Gamba, DDS, who practices general dentistry in Philadelphia, was elected second vice president and Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS, a Grass Valley, Calif., a pediatric dentist, was installed as a trustee.

ADA President-Elect Carol Summerhays, DDS
Dr. Summerhays served as Thirteenth District Trustee to the ADA House of Delegates. Some of her previous positions include serving as president of the California Dental Association as well as a board member of The Dentists Insurance Company and the CDA Foundation. She has also held positions with the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and was a board member for 10 years at the Pankey Institute.

Dr. Summerhays graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in biology and earned her dental degree from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1978. She attended dental school on a full scholarship through the Armed Forces Health Professions program. Dr. Summerhays served four years on active duty in the Navy Dental Corps and 11 years of inactive duty rising to the rank of lieutenant. She started a full-time private practice in 1982.

She is a fellow of the American College of Dentistry, the International College of Dentistry, the Academy of Dentistry International, the AGD, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Additionally, she earned a Master in the AGD and the AGD LLSR Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award.

In San Diego, Dr. Summerhays was honored in 2010 by the Salvation Army as one of the “Women of Dedication — Portraits in Philanthropy” and by the Girl Scouts as one of “San Diego’s 10 Cool Women.” She and her husband of 31 years, Soames, have two sons, Giles and Bryce.

ADA Second Vice President Thomas W. Gamba, DDS
Dr. Gamba has been an ADA member for more than 40 years and has served in many leadership positions within organized dentistry, including president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) and PDA Speaker of the House. He has also served on the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws, and Judicial Affairs and the Council on ADA Sessions.

Dr. Gamba is also a member of numerous professional dental organizations, including the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Gamba graduated from Temple University's School of Dentistry in 1976 and currently teaches there. He has also published several articles on the importance of ethics in dental practice.

ADA Thirteenth District Trustee Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS Dr. Robinson
will serve on the ADA Board of Trustees as the trustee from the Thirteenth District, which encompasses the state of California. She has served in numerous positions within the ADA. She currently serves as an ADA spokesperson for access to dental care. For six years she was a member of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations, serving as chair for two years. As chair, Dr. Robinson hosted two national access summits convened by the ADA — the American Indian/Alaska Native Oral Health Access Summit in 2007 and the Access to Care Summit in March of 2009.

Dr. Robinson is a former president of the California Dental Association and the Butte-Sierra District Dental Society. She is also a founding board member of the US National Oral Health Alliance. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Dentistry, and earned a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Florida. She also earned fellowships with the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.

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