UW School of Dentistry

UW dental alumna Dr. Linda Edgar becomes ADA president-elect

Linda EdgarDr. Linda Edgar, one of the School of Dentistry’s most prominent alumni, was chosen Tuesday to be president-elect of the American Dental Association (ADA). She will be the first UW dental graduate to hold the organization’s presidency when she assumes that office in 2023.

Dr. Edgar, a resident of Federal Way, Wash., was elected during the ADA’s annual House of Delegates meeting in Houston. An ADA member since 1992, she served in the House of Delegates from 2005 to 2018. She also served as the ADA’s Eleventh District trustee and on the ADA’s Council on Dental Practice, Business Innovation Committee, and Budget and Finance Committee.

From 2013 to 2014, she was president of the national Academy of General Dentistry. She was president of the Seattle-King County Dental Society from 2010 to 2011. She practiced privately with her husband, fellow UW dental alumnus Dr. Bryan Edgar, for 27 years in Federal Way before they retired in 2020. Before entering dentistry, Dr. Edgar was a teacher in Auburn, Wash., for 15 years, and she holds a master’s degree in education.

“I believe collaboration is very important, and I know it can move dentistry forward into more new and innovative programs and ideas,” she said in 2021 when she disclosed her plans to run for the ADA presidency-elect. At that time, she also noted the country’s rising dental workforce shortage and said, “I would like to see ADA be more proactive helping young people and diverse groups choose careers in dentistry.”

She and her husband have been two of the dental school’s leading supporters. From 2000 to 2008, they co-chaired the school’s Campaign UW fund-raising drive, which garnered $22 million and substantially exceeded its goal.

Dr. Edgar’s involvement with organized dentistry has also included organizations such as the Washington State Dental Association, Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentists,  International College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International, and Washington Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Edgar was a top-level distance runner who completed at least 45 marathons and competed in the first Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials. She also completed two full Ironman races.

Dr. Thomas Dodson named editor of oral surgery journal

The Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (JOMS) has named Dr. Thomas Dodson as its new Editor-in-Chief, effective Jan. 1.

Dr. Thomas Dodson, headshotDr. Dodson, who is professor and chair of the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) and Head of the Northwest Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, has served as the journal’s associate editor since 2011.

“Throughout my career, JOMS has been the backbone of our specialty, supporting the science on which we rely as clinicians,” he said. “I am humbled to be given this trust as its curator and to accept the reins from those who have so ably led the Journal.”

JOMS – the official journal of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) – is a monthly publication that offers comprehensive coverage of new techniques, important developments, and innovative ideas in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The journal also includes specifics on new instruments and diagnostic equipment, and modern therapeutic drugs and devices.

Dr. Dodson has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, including approximately 100 in JOMS. In 2003 and 2010, he received the OMS Foundation Daniel M. Laskin Award for the year’s top scientific paper published in JOMS. He also served as principal investigator for AAOMS-sponsored nationwide studies assessing outcomes of office-based anesthesia and third molar (wisdom tooth) extractions in 2011-12.

Dr. Dodson joined the UW School of Dentistry in 2013 after he served as professor of OMS at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and as an attending surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned his DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health and completed his OMS training at the University of California, San Francisco.