Samuel Low, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Dean and professor in the Department of Periodontology was recently installed as President of the American Academy of Periodontology Board of Trustees during its 95th Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass.
Low is also an advisory faculty member to the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education, a dental school that focuses on hands-on educational experiences and a highly developed dental curriculum.
Low received his B.S. in Biology from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, in 1967. By 1975 he’d gone on to earn his D.D.S., M.S., and Certificate in Periodontics all from the University of Texas’ Dental Branch in Houston. He joined the ranks of the Gator Nation in 1975 in the College of Dentistry’s Department of Periodontology and earned his M.Ed. from UF’s College of Education in 1980.
An AAP member since 1975, Dr. Low served on the Board of Trustees as the Academy’s President Elect in 2009. Previously he served as Vice President in 2008, and Secretary/Treasurer in 2007. Dr. Low follows outgoing President Dr. David Cochran, who will assume the role of Immediate Past President and will support the Academy in the coming year as a member of the Board of Trustees.
“Dr. Low’s diverse background will be very valuable during his tenure as President. His experience within the AAP, as well as with the American Dental Association and in academia will help Dr. Low successfully lead the Academy throughout the next year and into the future,” said Dr. David Cochran, 2009 AAP President.
“I am honored to start my year as President of the American Academy of Periodontology,” said Low. “I am anticipating a very busy and successful year for the Academy, which will include advancing the science of periodontology, conducting both public and professional outreach on the importance of periodontal health, and strong leadership to further the specialty.”
As well as serving on the AAP’s Planning Committee, Education Committee, and participation in multiple World Workshops in Periodontics sponsored by the AAP, Dr. Low has been involved in all levels of organized dentistry. In addition to being a Trustee at the American Dental Association, Dr. Low is a consultant to the Council on Dental Practice.
About the American Academy of Periodontology
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is the professional organization for periodontists, specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry’s experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. They receive three additional years of specialized training following dental school, and periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAP has 8,000 members world-wide.