The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) installed Nicholas D. Barone, D.D.S., M.S., of Lincoln, R.I, as 2018-2019 president-elect. The installation ceremony was held at the ABO President’s Dinner on May 8 during the 2018 Annual Session of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) in Washington, D.C. The other 2018-2019 officers of the ABO are Dr. Larry P. Tadlock of Colleyville, Texas, president; and Dr. Valmy V. Kulbersh of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., secretary/treasurer. Dr. Chun-Hsi Chung of Bryn Mawr, Pa., is the immediate past president.
The ABO is the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and in affiliation with the AAO. Board certification is a process by which an individual orthodontist is voluntarily examined by his/her peers as to orthodontic knowledge and clinical skills. The passage of the examination process is a demonstration to the dental profession and the general public of the orthodontist’s pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.
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. During his tenure as an ABO director, Dr. Barone has represented the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists (NESO). Dr. Barone is chair of the ABO Clinical Examination Committee, and he is a member of the Executive and Policy committees.
Dr. Barone received his doctorate in dentistry from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1975 and earned his certificate in orthodontics from the Medical College of Virginia at the Virginia Commonwealth University in 1977. Dr. Barone practices with his son, Nicholas P. Barone, DMD, in North Providence and Smithfield, R.I, and has been active in numerous dental and orthodontic organizations. He is a past president of the AAO Foundation, the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists, the Rhode Island Dental Association, the Rhode Island Association of Orthodontists, and the Providence District Dental Society. Dr. Barone served on the Rhode Island Senate Oral Health Commission from 2000 to 2004. He is also a member of the Angle East, a component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is a fellow of the International College of Dentists and has been board certified since 1990.
Dr. Barone has also been involved in numerous philanthropic activities, including the Edward H. Angle Heritage Campaign, the Rhode Island Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, the Pierre Fauchard Foundation, and the Rhode Island Dental Association Foundation.
He has received several professional awards, including the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists Service Award, the Rhode Island Dental Association James Kershaw Award, the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Art and Science of Dentistry, and the American Dental Association’s Certificate and Recognition for Membership Outreach, Recruitment and Retention.
About the ABO
The ABO is the global leader in orthodontic board certification and sets the standards of care for excellence in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. The ABO’s mission is to elevate the quality of orthodontic care for the public by promoting excellence through certification, education and professional collaboration.
Founded in 1929, the ABO was the first specialty board in dentistry. It is the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and in affiliation with the American Association of Orthodontists.
The certificate issued by the ABO signifies a certification of attainment. It does not confer any legal qualification, privilege, or license to practice orthodontics. It is not a professional or academic degree. In essence, board certification is a process by which an individual orthodontist is voluntarily examined by his/her peers as to orthodontic knowledge and clinical skills. The passage of the examination process is a demonstration to the dental profession and the general public of the orthodontist’s pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.
To learn more about the ABO, visit the website www.AmericanBoardOrtho.com. The ABO’s office and exam center are located in St. Louis, Mo.