American Association of Endodontists Announces New President Dr. Alan H. Gluskin

The American Association of Endodontists (AAE), the 8,000-plus-member association representing dental specialists known as endodontists, is announcing that Alan H. Gluskin, D.D.S., will serve as its new President, effective April 30, 2020. Dr. Gluskin succeeds Dr. Keith V. Krell. AAE Presidents serve one-year terms and are elected by Association stakeholders.

The transfer of leadership comes during a period when health care providers here and abroad are facing unprecedented times. Endodontists who save teeth by way of root canal treatment are also highly sought after in times of dental emergencies.

“Since its formation, the AAE has been fortunate to have been led by so many incredible leaders in endodontics and dentistry year after year,” said AAE Executive Director Ken Widelka, CAE, FACHE, CPA. “Dr. Gluskin has served the Association in many capacities, and I look forward to our continued work to strengthen the AAE, its membership, the endodontic specialty and patient wellness.”

“I am honored to continue serving the AAE in my new role as its president,” Dr. Gluskin said. “The AAE is a superb organization of endodontists, their practice staff throughout the world and our own Association staff based in Chicago – all working to better the specialty and patient health. I am grateful to immediate past president Dr. Keith V. Krell for his contributions to the AAE and I look forward to leading the Association.”

Dr. Gluskin graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, San Francisco, in 1972. Before receiving his Endodontic Certification from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1976, Dr. Gluskin spent two years as a general dentist. He has served the endodontic specialty in a variety of roles. He became President of the AAE during the COVID-19 pandemic and vows to continue prioritizing support for endodontists and their patients.

“The AAE is committed to continuing to create and curate helpful resources from a variety of trusted sources to help practitioners make decisions quickly and communicate with patients effectively,” Dr. Gluskin continued. “As I serve in my new role, I want to remind our members and their patients that the AAE is here for them – by promoting endodontics and health care as mutually important.”

Dr. Gluskin served as one of the organizing  authors on the AAE’s Endodontic Competency and Treatment Standards white papers. He promises to spend his presidential year promoting endodontics and advocating for endodontists. Dr. Gluskin is professor and vice-chair, Department of Endodontics, at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, University of the Pacific, in San Francisco. He is at present a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists.

He is also a member of numerous societies, including the American Dental Association and the San Francisco Dental Society. He has served on the Educational Affairs Committee and the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee of the AAE, as well as the Editorial Board of the Journal of Endodontics and as general chair for both AAE10 and AAE18. Additionally, he is the 2017 recipient of the University of the Pacific’s Eberhardt Teacher-Scholar Award and co-editor of the textbooks, Decision Making in Dental Treatment Planning and Practical Lessons in Endodontic Treatment.

About the American Association of Endodontists

The American Association of Endodontists, headquartered in Chicago, represents more than 8,000 members worldwide. Endodontics is one of 10 dental specialties formally recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAE, founded in 1943, is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care. The Association inspires its members to pursue professional advancement and personal fulfillment through education, research, advocacy, leadership, communication and service. For more information about the AAE, visit the Association’s website at