The AAO has named Kaitrin Kramer, DDS, MS, PhD, as its new trustee-at-large, tasked with bringing a diverse viewpoint to the board of trustees.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has approved the addition of Kaitrin Kramer DDS, MS, PhD as the new trustee-at-large who is tasked with bringing diverse viewpoints to strengthen the team.

The AAO sought a trustee-at-large to improve the AAO’s ability to respond to external influences that are changing the environment in which our members practice. Kramer was selected from a field of highly qualified applicants due to her proven leadership skills and vision for the association of the future.

“Dr Kramer will also bring valuable perspective to AAO leadership in light of her background as an educator, her previous leadership experience and her advanced training in craniofacial orthodontics,” said Myron D. Guymon, AAO president. “We are delighted to welcome her to the board of trustees.”

After the 2024 Annual Session, Kramer will join the AAO board of trustees for a two-year term.

Specializing in craniofacial orthodontics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Kramer is also an adjunct assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry’s Division of Orthodontics and Division of Pediatric Dentistry.

She is currently the Great Lakes Association (GLAO) representative to the AAO Council on New and Younger Members.

“I look forward to joining the AAO board in 2024 and to the opportunity to share in a firsthand way all the good the organization does for its members,” said Kramer. “I hope to support and elevate the organization through exciting new initiatives and most importantly, to do my part to support my profession.”

A native of suburban Chicago, Kramer completed her undergraduate education at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She received a PhD in oral sciences from The University of Illinois at Chicago and her dental (DDS) degree from the University of Michigan. She then completed the orthodontic residency program at The Ohio State University.

Kramer received the 2020 AAO Craniofacial Anomalies and Special Care Training Award, and returned to the University of Michigan to complete the Craniofacial Orthodontics Fellowship at the UM School of Dentistry.

As a resident at Ohio State, she received the TP Orthodontics Lindsey O. Kesling Award through the GLAO. She was the chief resident in orthodontics and was an AAO Resident Champion, serving as a liaison between the residency program and the AAO. She now serves on the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Advocacy Committee and is the associate editor of the GLAO newsletter.