Rossouw, who represents the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists, has published works in the areas of clinical orthodontics, biomaterials, jaw growth and long-term stability.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) House of Delegates in a virtual meeting on May 1 elected P. Emile Rossouw, BChD, MChD, PhD, FRCD, of Rochester, NY, to serve as a director of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO).

“Being selected as a director of The American Board of Orthodontics is a tremendous honor and one of the most significant responsibilities to serve orthodontics I have been given during my career in orthodontics,” says Rossouw. “I look forward to working with the other directors and the ABO staff to promote ABO certification and to strive for the highest level of professionalism, dedication and compassion for our patients.”

Dr P. Emile Rossouw

Each ABO director represents one of the eight constituent organizations of the AAO and serves an eight-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. Rossouw, who represents the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists (NESO), will become president of the ABO in the 2027-2028 year.

He serves as chair of the division of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, which is part of the University of Rochester Medical Center. Rossouw brings a 40-year career of teaching, research and clinical care to the role.

Prior to joining the Eastman Institute in 2015, the native of South Africa was professor and chair of the orthodontics department at the University of North Carolina for 5 years. He previously chaired the orthodontic department at the Baylor College of Dentistry of Texas A&M University from 2002 to 2010. Prior to that, he was orthodontic department chair at the University of Toronto from 1993 to 2000 and director of the university’s Burlington Growth Centre from 2000 to 2002.

Besides the AAO and NESO, he is a member of the College of Diplomates of the ABO, the American Dental Association, the Charles H. Tweed Foundation for Orthodontic Research, the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists Southwest, and the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Rossouw has served the AAO as a member of the Council on Orthodontic Education (COE), Planning and Awards Review Committee (PARC), and presently is a council member of the Council on Scientific Affairs (COSA).

His published works range in the areas of clinical orthodontics, biomaterials, jaw growth and long-term stability. Rossouw, who has lectured nationally and internationally, has contributed more than 150 publications to the dental literature, which include scientific articles, book chapters and abstracts. He also serves on the reviewing panels for various leading orthodontic and general dentistry journals.