The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) recently installed Steven Dugoni, DMD, MSD, of South San Francisco, Calif, as president-elect, and Chun-Hsi Chung, BDS, DMD, MS, of Bryn Mawr, Pa, as secretary-treasurer.
Each ABO director represents one of the eight constituent organizations of the AAO and serves an 8-year term, which culminates in the position of the president. The ABO directors are responsible for establishing policy with regard to the board certification of specialists in orthodontics. During his tenure as an ABO director, Dugoni has represented the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (PCSO).
Dugoni, who currently serves as chair of the ABO’s IT/Website Committee and is a member of the Written Examination Committee, the Marketing/PR/Branding Committee, and the Finance Committee, has been in private practice since 1981. He received his dental degree from Tufts University and his master’s degree in orthodontics at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Dugoni has been board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics for 26 years.
In addition to Dugoni’s commitment to his practice, he has also taught at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry for more than 30 years. Currently, Dugoni is an adjunct clinical professor and director of the Mixed Dentition Clinic in the Department of Orthodontics.
Dugoni is a past president of Angle Northern California Component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists, the PCSO, and the San Mateo County Dental Society. He is also a member of the ADA, the California Dental Association, the AAO, the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. He is a fellow of both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. In 2012, the PCSO presented him with its Award of Merit.
Dugoni is a published author of articles in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, The Angle Orthodontist, the Journal of the California Dental Association, and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists Bulletin. He has lectured on orthodontic care both locally and nationally.
“Serving on the American Board of Orthodontics has been extremely rewarding because I have an opportunity to work with extraordinary ABO directors who are dedicated to elevating the level of orthodontic care,” Dugoni said. “I enjoy examining very talented orthodontists and discussing their quality orthodontic care. As director, I have had an opportunity to visit orthodontic programs throughout the PCSO, and it is very satisfying to see residents and educators working together on preparation for the ABO Initial Certification Examination. In the coming years, I look forward to working closely with my fellow directors to promote board certification both nationally and internationally.”
Chung, who has represented the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists during his tenure as ABO director, is the Chauncey M. F. Egel Endowed Chair and program director of the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Chung serves as chair of the ABO’s Written Examination Committee and is a member of the Marketing/PR/Branding Committee, the Legal Committee, and the Certification Growth/Advocacy Committee. He is the ABO’s liaison to the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. In addition, he is a member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists and is a consultant to the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
“Working with the ABO means a lot to me.” Chung said. “It has been my honor to work with a group of dedicated people at the ABO who have the same goal to elevate the standards of orthodontic care for the patient and to protect the public. To me, it means integrity, excellence and service above self.”