The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) elected its president for the 2009-10 year at its 109th Annual Session held in Boston.

The AAO elected Robert James Bray, DDS, MS. Bray is in private practice near Atlantic City, NJ, with multiple offices in the area. Bray has logged 9 years of service on the AAO Board of Trustees, serving 3 years as vice chairman of AAO Services Inc, the for-profit subsidiary of the AAO. Bray is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Orthodontics at Temple University School of Dentistry, Philadelphia.  He is also a guest lecturer at Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester orthodontic program, Rochester, NY.

“It is a great honor to serve the orthodontic specialty in this role,” said Bray in a press announcement from the AAO. “In the coming year, the AAO Board of Trustees and I will continue to examine and act upon the critical issues facing dentistry in general and orthodontics in particular. The issues include public education, the recruitment and retention of faculty members, development of international members and maintaining strong, effective relationships with all healthcare organizations. Our goal, as well as that of the healthcare organizations with which we are associated, is to help our members provide the highest level of care to our patients.”

The AAO also installed a new member of the Board of Trustees at the annual session. Brent E. Larson, DDS, MS, of Rochester, Minn was installed as the new Trustee. Larson will succeed Lee W. Graber, DDS, PhD, as the representative of the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists (MSO).

The MSO serves AAO members practicing in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and the Canadian province of Manitoba.