Wright, a pediatric dentist and professor in the School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will assume the post January 1, 2021. 

The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) has named its new editor in chief. Following a national search, the American Dental Association (ADA) Board of Trustees appointed John Timothy Wright, DDS, MS, a pediatric dentist and professor in the School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC). 

“Through ADA’s extensive search for the next JADA editor in chief, we are pleased to announce that Dr Wright will lead the journal beginning in 2021,” said Kathleen O’Loughlin, DMD, MPH, executive director of the ADA. “Dr Wright’s vision for JADA to serve as an essential resource for dentists to develop and maintain their ability to provide excellent patient care aligned perfectly with the ADA’s vision and the future of JADA.”

Wright assumes the post on January 1, 2021. According to the ADA, he was chosen for his bold vision to take the journal forward and prepare clinicians to meet present and future challenges. 

“Readers can expect to find transformative themes that are directed at improving both oral health and overall health,” Wright said. “I am passionate about my role as an educator, and JADA is the ultimate forum to pursue that calling.”

Wright is the James Bawden Distinguished Professor at the School of Dentistry at the UNC, where he previously served as chair of the department of pediatric dentistry, interim chair of the department of endodontics, and director of strategic initiatives. Wright has held offices of national distinction, having served as vice president and then president of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). A three-time recipient of AADR’s Gies Award, Dr. Wright has also received the Distinguished Science Award presented by the International Association of Dental Research.

Wright currently serves the ADA as a member of the ADA’s Dental Quality Alliance; he previously served as chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.

Wright studied chemistry at West Virginia University and received a DDS from the university’s School of Dentistry. He went on to a MS certification from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He obtained board certification by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 1990. 

Wright succeeds Jeffrey Platt, DDS, MS, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Comprehensive Care and Ralph W. Phillips Professor in Dental Materials at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, who has served as JADA’s interim editor since April 2020.