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The International College of Dentists at Large (ICD) has elected Savannah, Ga, orthodontist Irwin L. Aronson, DDS, MS, as its 2013 president.

The ICD is the world’s oldest and largest dental honorary society with 12,000 fellows worldwide. Based in Flint, Mich, the ICD participates in humanitarian dental care projects worldwide. ICD also facilitates a communications network between its members in order for them to share professional and scientific knowledge.

ICD fellowships are granted in recognition of a dentist or orthodontist’s “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind,” according to the ICD.

Aronson, who is a long-standing member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), was elected at the ICD’s annual meeting in San Francisco and officially took office on January 1, 2013.

“I see a bright future for the International College of Dentists and the good things we do around the world for dentistry and the patients we serve, and I am most happy and proud to be a part of it,” said Aronson, who is a veteran of the US Air Force.

Aronson earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1963 from Emory University and completed his orthodontic residency program by earning a Master of Science in Dentistry at St. Louis University in 1967. He opened a private orthodontic practice that same year and operated it for 33 years until his retirement in 2000.