Our President's Message

Dear Members,

Welcome to the 2023 - 2024 ADSL Year!

I hope you have had an excellent summer and enjoyed at least some time away from dentistry with family and/or friends.
For those who have yet to be informed, I am delighted to announce to the membership that we have had not one, but two accolades in King Charles III’s first Birthday Honours List. Past President Dr Vincent Barrett has been awarded a CVO (Commander of the Royal Victorian Order) and Honorary Member Prof Nairn Wilson has been appointed Knight Bachelor. I know that you will join me in extending very many congratulations for honours that are richly deserved.

In line with our new format, we have two Pre-Christmas meetings. Our speaker as we open on Thursday 5th October is my mentor and friend Prof. Arun Sharma, Editor of The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and Program Chair in Prosthodontics at The University of California, San Francisco.

On Wednesday 1st November we are host to returning Scholar Dr Bradley Lander who has just completed his residency in Periodontology at University of Pennsylvania.

We kick off the New Year in style with our biannual ADSL Dinner on Friday 26th January. This event will be held with the American Dental Club of Paris at the Savile Club here in London. It was a great pleasure to speak to our sibling group in Paris, back in February this year. Dr Aurelie Majourau-Bouriez and her colleagues extended the warmest of welcomes to us on the rue du Faubourg St Honoré, at the heart of France’s glittering embassy-land and we are looking forward to greeting them as enthusiastically in London next year.

As COVID-19 restrictions have lifted, it is with great pleasure (and a sense of relief!) that I can announce that our President’s Dinner, on Wednesday 6th March, will be held in conjunction with Past President Dr Peter Yerbury, in place of the postponed President’s Dinner at the start of the pandemic. This promises to be a long-awaited celebration in truly fine style with our speaker, William Kegan, a senior journalist. In addition to this, we will be entertained with a performance by leading international cellist David Cohen, who had originally hoped to join us in March 2020. I believe the Ballroom will be a magnificent venue for such an event and my wife will choose some equally magnificent wines for such an occasion! More details to follow about this event shortly.

I look forward to seeing you all at these meetings as we continue to celebrate our release from pandemic restrictions and our freedom to fully enjoy the company of our colleagues in dentistry and our fellowship of the Society.

Kind regards

Dr Edward Hems BDS MS FCGDent
President American Dental Society of London

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