August 9, 2011
by HDA - Hispanic Dental Association
The Hispanic Dental Association is pleased and proud to announce that Dr. Manuel A. Cordero, DDS, MAGD, of Sewell, N.J., was elected as Secretary of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) during the AGD’s 2011 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, July 28-31 in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Cordero is a member of the HDA’s Board of Trustees and a member of its Governance Committee. The Hispanic Dental Association is a national, non-profit organization comprised of oral health professionals and students dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the Hispanic community and providing advocacy for Hispanic oral health professionals across the US. The Association works with a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations to communicate to Hispanic and non-Hispanic dental professionals, students, and the public.
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up to date in the profession through continuing education to better serve the public, is pleased to announce that Manuel A. Cordero, DDS, MAGD, of Sewell, N.J., was elected as secretary of the association during the AGD 2011 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, held July 28 to 31, in San Diego, Calif.
“I am honored to serve as national secretary for the AGD,” says Dr. Cordero. “In this role, I can communicate and represent the interests of the general dentist to enhance the profession, while continuing to provide the best oral health care to our patients.”
Dr. Cordero currently serves as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee, as well as a Strategic and Tactical Assessment and Response (STAR) facilitator for the AGD. He has been a member of both the AGD and the American Dental Association (ADA) since 1987.
Dr. Cordero graduated with a BA from Haverford College and concurrently received a certificate in secondary education from Bryn Mawr College in 1976. He graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1983.
Since joining the AGD, Dr. Cordero has been dedicated to its growth. He has represented the New Jersey AGD (NJAGD) as a delegate since 1991, and has held nearly every position within its Board, including the presidency in 2000. He served as regional director and then as trustee of the NJAGD from 2004 until 2010, working on several tasks forces and the first Staff Compensation Committee.
Dr. Cordero has been a spokesperson for the AGD since 1995. He was a catalyst in the AGD’s production of the first multi-language media news releases, as well as the translation of Dentalnotes, generating media awards for the AGD during the 1990s.
Dr. Cordero’s commitment to general dentistry and his interpersonal abilities have led him to bridge to other organizations, communicating the ideals and beliefs of the AGD. In seeing oral health’s ties with systemic health, Dr. Cordero became involved in the Hispanic Medical Association in 2001 and became an honoree last year. He is also a lecturer and representative of the AGD to the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) www.hdassoc.org -where he currently serves as trustee and governance committee member.
HDA is very proud of Dr. Manuel Cordero. He has been such an asset to our organization by his commitment and passion for dentistry as a Trustee and Governance Committee member. The AGD is very fortunate to have Dr. Cordero on their board-he will serve them well.
Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd
Hispanic Dental Association