GDA Delegation to ADA 2012

The Georgia Dental Association is a constituent society of the American Dental Association, the national umbrella dental organization. The ADA was established in 1859, and is the oldest and largest national dental society in the world. The ADA has grown to become the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients. Dentists may learn more about the ADA’s mission and vision, and the organization’s commitment to the public’s oral health, ethics, science and professional advancement and access to care for all Americans at

Your ADA Delegation

The Georgia Dental Association sends a delegation of dentists each year to the ADA Annual Session and House of Delegates. The GDA delegation visited San Francisco in 2012 and accomplished a huge amount for dentistry. If you did not see the article about the delegation’s accomplishments, visit the GDA Action journal page and click on the November 2012 issue. To obtain contact information for your ADA delegation, click here to visit the GDA Committee page.

ADA House of Delegates Reports

After studying hundreds of pages of documents, holding many meetings and conference calls in the months beforehand, and devoting hours to debate in San Francisco during October’s ADA Annual Session, representatives to the 2012 American Dental Association House of Delegates made several decisions that will impact your Association future. An article in the November 2012 GDA Action journal provided an overview on some of the major debates. However, the ADA House studied and voted on some 190 resolutions. Georgia dentists are invited to discuss House activities more in-depth with their Delegation members or visit for coverage of all of the resolutions considered. Doctors will be required to log in to obtain reports and resolutions.

Georgia Presence at ADA Level

The GDA doesn’t just participate at the ADA level during the Annual Session. The ADA Board of Trustees meets regularly in Chicago at ADA headquarters, and several GDA Delegation members are active on ADA councils and committees.

The ADA Fifth Trustee is currently Dr. Don Seago. This Mississippi practitioner represents Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi on the ADA Board. Kudos to the following Georgia dentists who take part in other ADA governance activities. Each of these councils and committees, hold regular meetings and calls throughout the year. Minutes from their meetings may also be found password protected at

  • Dr. Sidney Tourial, Council on Annual Sessions
  • Dr. Doug Torbush, Council on Dental Practice
  • Dr. Jay Harrington, Council on Governmental Affairs
  • Dr. Celeste Coggin, Council on Dental Benefit Programs
  • Dr. Chris Hasty, Committee on the New Dentist
  • Dr. Marie Schweinebraten, Dental Quality Alliance

Other ADA councils and commissions are the Council on Ethics, Bylaws & Judicial Affairs, Council on Access, Prevention, & Interprofessional Relations, Council on Communications, Council on Members Insurance & Retirement Programs, Council on Membership, ADPAC Board, and Council on Dental Education & Licensure.

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