Global, multidisciplinary and evidence-based
By Dr. James Taylor, AO President
As our 32nd President, I’m honoured to have the opportunity to lead our Academy in its global role of enabling the development, dissemination and application of knowledge in the domain of implant dentistry, for the well-being of our patients. Through this, I hope to support the evolutionary improvement of the quality of care in implant dentistry in the parts of the world where it currently exists, and a revolutionary improvement in treatment capacity and access to care in implant dentistry in the parts of the world where it currently does not. To quote our partners at the FDI World Dental Federation, “there is no health without oral health.”
My philosophy on the organizational dynamics of our Academy is that it is a grand constellation of interrelated and interdependent elements, perpetually interacting to create a whole that is so much greater than the sum of its parts, and which makes AO the world’s premier international academy in the domain of evidence-based and patient-centred care in implant dentistry. This constellation includes our Researchers, who work tirelessly to create knowledge and share it via our International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants, the world’s premier journal in the domain of osseointegration and implant dentistry; then there are our Industry partners, who synthesize and apply this knowledge to creating the devices, materials and technology that the global oral health professional community relies upon to deliver state of the art care around the world; then there are our Speakers, who translate this knowledge, as well as their experience in applying it in their cutting-edge clinical practices, for the global oral health professional community; then there is the AO organization itself, which is the ever-evolving body that brings these elements together on behalf of our current and future Members such that they in turn can best serve its central element: our patients around the world.
Having held leadership roles in a number of other national and international organizations in the past, I can say from personal experience that it is rare to assume the Presidency of an organization that is already on a sound and successful strategic trajectory, with solid and sustainable resourcing; a highly effective and dedicated Staff; a Board of Directors and supporting Committee structure with a great diversity of profound expertise and experience, that is working in harmony toward a shared vision for our Academy; an AO Foundation supporting knowledge development, leadership development and patient care; and a group of AO Past Presidents that continue to actively contribute as the Custodians of AO’s corporate knowledge. I am truly blessed.
This is a trajectory that I had the privilege of helping to shape and implement during the Presidencies of my predecessors; and I plan to stay that course during my Presidency. And a busy course it will be, to include a number of Outreach and Charter Chapter initiatives outside North America, Regional Meetings within North America, University Programs globally, our IADR Symposium in London in July, our AO Summit in Chicago in August on Risk Factors for Predictable Osseointegration, our FDI Symposium in Buenos Aires in September, and of course our partnership with the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants throughout the year. My year will of course culminate in our 2019 Annual Meeting in Washington DC, the theme for which is Current Factors in Clinical Excellence. Our Program Chair for 2019 is my friend and colleague from Paris, Franck Renouard, and he has created an outstanding scientific program. Between now and our 2019 Annual Meeting, however, I encourage all current and future Members of the AO to watch our website, newsletter, social media and the IJOMI for notices of AO’s worldwide events, and to join your AO colleagues locally, regionally or around the world for one of these excellent knowledge sharing and professional connectivity events that take place between our Annual Meetings. I shall endeavour to personally participate in as many of these as possible during my Presidential year, and shall look forward to meeting you both there and at our 2019 Annual Meeting.
And so, in closing, I thank you for the opportunity to lead our Academy, and look forward to working with you all, and indeed all elements of the grand AO constellation, to shape the present and future of global implant dentistry for the benefit of our patients worldwide.