* It is with great sadness that we announce that our President, Dr. Stan Vermilyea died on Friday 13th December, 2019 after a short illness. Stan is survived by his wife Ileana, daughter Sheryl, and sons Michael and Josue. As specified in our bylaws, President-elect Dr. Radi Masri will now assume the duties of the AAFP president.
Dr. Stan Vermilyea, AAFP President
As the 69th President of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics (AAFP), it is a distinct privilege to welcome you to the Academy website and to invite you to attend the 2020 Scientific Meeting in Chicago. The American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics is the leader for the discipline of fixed prosthodontics, implants and esthetic dentistry. In order to maintain this position, any organization must have an outstanding history and extensive tradition of excellence. Fortunately, this Academy has a history of superb leaders and members that have led and continue to lead our profession in all facets of patient care, education, and research in fixed prosthodontics, implant and esthetic dentistry. I hope that you will peruse the website to learn of the rich history, member services and opportunities to be a participant in Academy functions such as the poster presentation at the annual meeting.
The Academy is one of the few that has no additional meeting fees. Meeting fees, food and educational opportunities are all included in the membership dues. The only possible additional fees would be as a participant in special programs offered before and after the Annual Scientific meeting.
As you view the website and the available information, I hope that you will consider membership in the Academy if you are not currently a member. You will have a rich educational experience as well as the opportunity for comradery with many of the leaders in our specialty. This year we are very fortunate to be joined by twenty-five new members who will easily become involved in serving within the Academy. I call on our members to continue the tradition of mentoring and recruiting new members. As new members I call on you to seek opportunities to serve the Academy allowing you to also develop new relationships and reinforce friendships as is the tradition of the Academy. You may also attend the annual meeting as a registered guest which will permit you to attend all of the Academy functions except the business meeting.
As you view the website, please review the upcoming program for 2020. The program presented in 2019 was truly outstanding and the presentations developed by the 2020 Program Co-chairs Drs. John Agar and Geoffrey Thompson promises to be equally dynamic and informational. I look forward to this outstanding program and meeting in February 2020 in Chicago and to seeing each of you.
Finally, I want to thank all of the past presidents, officers and members of the Board of Directors of the Academy for their forward vision, tireless work ethic and commitment to excellence. In addition, the members of all of the Academy Committees also deserve a special “thank you” for all of their hard work as volunteers that maintains Academy functions.