March 11, 2016

UW’s Sohaib Soliman elected national student dental president

Sohaib Soliman, a third-year student at the UW School of Dentistry, was elected president of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) at the organization’s annual meeting in Dallas on March 2-5.

Sohaib Soliman at podium

Sohaib Soliman prepares to speak at an American Student Dental Association district meeting at the UW’s Husky Union Building in January.

Soliman has held other ASDA positions including district trustee, district legislative chair and UW community service chair.

A native of Socorro, N.M., Soliman received a bachelor’s degree in biology at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 2013. As a dental student, he launched a partnership between the local ASDA chapter and the Washington Oral Health Foundation in 2014 to provide drug and oral health education to at-risk youth in the Seattle area.

His other volunteer activities have included helping provide dental screenings for migrant farm workers at Seattle’s Casa Latina clinic, providing dental services to clients at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission clinic, and working with the Teeth and Toes program, which enlists UW health sciences students to provide foot exams and dental screenings to Union Gospel Mission shelter residents.

“We’re all enormously proud of Sohaib, who had already established himself as an outstanding leader even before this,” said School of Dentistry Dean Joel Berg. “Sohaib really exemplifies the values we hope that all of our students will share, and I know that he’ll continue this record of achievement as ASDA president.”

ASDA, founded in 1971, maintains chapters at each of the United States’ 65 dental schools, with membership encompassing nearly 90 percent of all students. Beyond its advocacy for dental student concerns, the organization also lobbies legislators on issues such as funding for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and legislation including the Protect Medical Innovation Act and the Meth Mouth Prevention and Community Recovery Act.