Ariel Raigrodski, AAFP President
Dear members and colleagues,
I am honored and privileged to serve as the 68th president of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics. These are times of rapid and exciting changes as well as new challenges in our profession. For an organization to be successful in continuously meeting such challenges and to create a fantastic future, it has to have an outstanding history and a long tradition of excellence. And how fortunate are we to have an Academy with a history of remarkable leaders and membership that through the years lead our profession in all facets of patient care, education, and research in the field of fixed prosthodontics, implants, and esthetic dentistry.
As Academy leaders said to me many times, the Academy is a labor of love and dedication of generations of members who continuously gave and continue to devote countless of hours to make this academy flourish in so many ways. I will never forget the first meeting I attended as a Graduate student in 1997. It was simply a life changing experience. My mentors made sure that I will have this opportunity twenty-one years ago. This year we are extremely fortunate to have been joined by 22 talented and dynamic new members who will rapidly become involved in serving within the Academy. I call on our membership to continue this tradition and continue to mentor and recruit new members. Give them the gift of being a member of this special Academy. And new members, I call on you to continue to actively seek opportunities to serve the Academy, which will also provide you with the unique opportunity to forge new relationships and strengthen old friendships in the tradition of our Academy.
I would also like to encourage you all to take another look at the wonderful joint meeting with the Dutch Flemish Restorative Academy coming this May 2018 in Amsterdam. We would love to have you there. Many of you have responded so positively to this exceptional opportunity, and we are excited about the fact that registration is exceeding expectations. This is no doubt thanks to the excellent scientific program and overall first-class experience that was planned and put together through the collaborative efforts of Dr. Paul Dekok from the Dutch Flemish Restorative Academy and The Academy’s Past Presidents Drs. Jack Lipkin and Martin Land.
Our annual scientific meeting is globally renowned as consistently being the premier scientific program in the field of Prosthodontics, Implants and Esthetic Dentistry. Every year our Academy continuous to raise the quality bar of our scientific program. I would like to thank the Program Co-chairs of our 2019 scientific meeting, Drs. Matthew Katadiyil and Robert Walter, for putting together yet another fantastic program. With the theme of “Expending Dimensions in Fixed Prosthodontics” they managed to put together an outstanding program with a west coast flair featuring a line-up of dynamic superstars. I look forward to a great meeting in February 2019 in Chicago, and to seeing each and everyone of you.
Lastly, I would like to thank all past presidents and past officers of the Academy for their vision and guidance through the years, and for their service and dedication to this Academy. I would like to thank the Academy’s team of current officers and committee members for their commitment and service, and I look very much forward to working with each and every one of you for achieving yet another exciting year for our Academy.