American Association of Endodontists Selects New Leaders

The American Association of Endodontists appointed its 2013-2014 officers and added four new members to its Board of Directors during the Association’s Annual Session, April 17-20, in Honolulu.

Gary R. Hartwell, D.D.S., M.S., President. Dr. Hartwell recently retired from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s New Jersey Dental School after nearly 10 years as full professor, chair and postgraduate program director of the department of endodontics. An AAE member since 1972, Dr. Hartwell served the AAE in many capacities and he currently serves on the Journal of Endodontics Scientific Advisory Board and the AAE Foundation Board of Trustees. Dr. Hartwell is an accomplished endodontic educator previously serving in leadership capacities at Virginia Commonwealth University and the U.S. Army Dental Corps. He has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics since 1980 and has had several hospital appointments.

Robert S. Roda, D.D.S., M.S., President-Elect. Dr. Roda runs a private endodontic practice in Scottsdale, Ariz., and serves as a visiting lecturer at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and as an adjunct assistant professor at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. An AAE member since 1991, Dr. Roda serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Endodontics, is a Trustee of the AAE Foundation Board and is a member of the Budget and Finance and Corporate Relations Committees. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics in 1998.

Terryl A. Propper D.D.S., M.S., Vice President. Dr. Propper is a senior partner of a seven-doctor, two-location endodontic practice in Nashville, Tenn., and has been with Endodontic Associates for more than 25 years. An AAE member since 1988, Dr. Propper served the Association in a variety of leadership roles. She chaired several committees and was general chair of the Annual Session in 2000. She served on both the AAE Foundation Board of Trustees and the AAE Board of Directors as a District IV director and secretary. Before becoming an endodontist, Dr. Propper served as the assistant director of marketing for the ADA. Dr. Propper received the Lifetime Spirit of Service Award during the AAE’s Annual Session for helping to build and grow the Interfaith Dental Clinic in Nashville, Tenn. The clinic’s mission is to improve the oral health of the uninsured and underserved in Middle Tennessee, and Dr. Propper helped to shape and expand the clinic to the organization it is today.

Garry L. Myers D.D.S., Secretary. Dr. Myers maintains a private endodontic practice in Tumwater, Wash., and is an affiliate professor in the department of endodontics at the University of Washington. A Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics since 1994, Dr. Myers serves on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, the Editorial Board Committee, the Special Committee on Quality Improvement, and the Journal of Endodontics Scientific Advisory Board. He also is a past president of the Washington State Association of Endodontists.

Linda G. Levin D.D.S., Ph.D., Treasurer. Dr. Levin graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 1983. She works in a private practice, Levin Endodontics, in Durham N.C., and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. Dr. Levin completed a residency in endodontics at UNC in 1985 and joined the faculty. As a Physician Scientist Award Recipient from the National Institutes of Health she completed a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology at UNC School of Medicine in 1995. With more than 20 years of experience at the UNC School of Dentistry, and currently an adjunct associate professor, Dr. Levin served as the department chair of endodontics and authored numerous peer reviewed papers, book chapters and review articles in the areas of endodontics and pulp biology. She also lectures both nationally and internationally on topics of evidence-based endodontics.

James C. Kulild, D.D.S., M.S., Immediate Past President. Dr. Kulild recently retired after 11 years as a professor and director of the advanced specialty education program in endodontics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Dentistry. Upon his retirement he was granted professor emeritus status based on his significant contributions to the university. An AAE member since 1981, Dr. Kulild joined the Board of Directors in 2005. He also served on many standing and special committees of the AAE in a variety of capacities. He currently serves on the AAE Foundation Board of Trustees, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal of Endodontics and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

Craig S. Hirschberg, D.D.S., District II Director, representing Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Dr. Hirschberg has been in private practice since 1983 in New York City and Northern New Jersey, but is gradually transitioning to a full-time educator position and is currently the interim chair and postdoctoral program director in the Department of Endodontics at UMDNJ/New Jersey Dental School. An AAE member since 1981, Dr. Hirschberg recently became a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. He was selected as the 2013 American Dental Education Association/AAE Foundation Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute and served the AAE on various committees.

Gerald C Dietz Jr. D.D.S., District IV Director, representing Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin. After receiving his Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in 1986, Dr. Dietz Jr. joined the private practice Endodontic Associates in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., where he has been for the past 27 years. He also taught at the University of Detroit Mercy and the University of Michigan. A member of the AAE since 1986, Dr. Dietz Jr. served on several committees and the AAE Foundation Board of Trustees. He is also very active in other endodontic organizations, serving on the Michigan Association of Endodontists Board of Directors from 2005 – 2012 and acting as president in 2010.

James F. Wolcott, D.D.S., District V Director, serving Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Puerto Rico and federal government/public health agencies. After graduating from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1992, Dr. Wolcott completed a general practice residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center before receiving his Certificate in Endodontics from Albert Einstein Medical Center in 1998. He then spent 13 years as a partner at an endodontic practice in Colorado Springs, Colo., before opening Endodontics of New Mexico in Santa Fe with his wife, Dr. Susan L. Wolcott, in 2012. Dr. Wolcott is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry and very active in the AAE. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics since 2003, and he currently serves on the Continuing Education Committee, the Editorial Board of the Journal of Endodontics and the Scientific Advisory Board.

Michael G. Stevens D.D.S., District VI Director, representing Alaska, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. After practicing as a general dentist for 13 years, Dr. Stevens earned his Certificate in Endodontics in 1998, and opened a private endodontic practice in Laurel, Mont. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, is a visiting lecturer at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and very involved in local and state dental associations. He is past pres
ident of the 9th District Dental Society as well as the Montana Association of Endodontists and is a founding member and past president of the Beartooth Study Club.

New members of the AAE Foundation Board of Trustees are Thomas Kennedy, Dr. Margot T. Kusienski, Dr. John M. Nusstein and AAE Vice President Dr. Terryl A. Propper. New officers of the American Board of Endodontics include Dr. Patrick Taylor, Dr. Karl Keiser and Dr. John Hatton.

About the American Association of Endodontists
The American Association of Endodontists, headquartered in Chicago, Ill., represents more than 7,500 members worldwide. Endodontics is one of nine 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

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