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FDI General Assembly Selects Drs. Chadwick, Gehani, Marron-Tarrazzi for Leadership Positions

October 4, 2021
by ADA


The FDI World Dental Federation convened its first ever virtual session of the FDI General Assembly (GA), FDI 2021 World Dental Congress-Special Edition, hosted by the Australian Dental Association Sept. 26-29.

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, the General Assembly voted and elected the following:

• Dr. Greg Chadwick (ADA Past President) – FDI President-Elect
• Dr. Chad Gehani (ADA Past President) – FDI Council
• Dr. Irene Marron-Tarrazzi (ADA Past Vice President) – FDI Membership Liaison & Support Committee

Dr. Greg Chadwick has 20 years of leadership experience, both in the U.S. and abroad, serving for six years as speaker of the FDI General Assembly. A native of North Carolina, he is dean of the East Carolina University’s School of Dental Medicine and served as ADA president from 2001–2002 and trustee from 1996-2000.

“As a practitioner and as an educator, Dr. Chadwick fundamentally understands the importance of our profession from every angle,” says ADA President Dr. Dan Klemmedson.

Dr. Chad Gehani has eight years of FDI service and more than 20 years of FDI attendance.  He is Immediate Past President of the ADA and has been an Associate Clinical Professor of Endodontics at NYU for 32 years.

“When the COVID pandemic hit, Dr. Gehani steered the ADA through one of the most challenging times dentistry has possibly ever seen. His leadership during a time of crisis was unparalleled,” says Dr. Klemmedson.

Dr. Irene Marron-Tarrazzi was the youngest ADA Vice President (2015-2017) and served as Executive Board, FDI Section – Women Dentists Worldwide (2020-2021) and Women in Dentistry Project -FDI Dental Practice Committee (2021).

“Dr. Irene Marron-Tarrazzi is a rising star in organized dentistry, bringing fresh perspectives, energy, and innovative action to our profession,” stated Dr. Klemmedson.

The FDI World Dental Federation comprises about 200 national dental associations, including the ADA, from more than 130 countries. It represents the voice of over one million dentists worldwide.

More information about the virtual FDI Congress is available in this ADA News story.

Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to follow the ADA on Twitter @AmerDentalAssn


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