July 26, 2015

Who We Are

The Mission of the American Society for Dental Ethics is to lead education and scholarship in dental ethics.

The AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR DENTAL ETHICS (ASDE), a section of the American College of Dentists, is a non-profit organization of dental educators, practicing dentists, dental organization officers, dental hygiene faculty and organization officers, ethicists, and other persons in dental health care.

Originally founded in 1987 as the Professional Ethics in Dentistry Network (PEDNET), the organization is dedicated to enhancing the growing dialogue about ethical issues in dental health care and fostering more effective ethics education in this field.

ASDE conducts three meetings each year in conjunction with other major organizations: the American Dental Education Association, the American College of Dentists, and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

PURPOSES

  • To uphold high standards of integrity and honor in the dental profession;
  • To encourage and assist dentists and dental professionals in improving their competence so that they can better serve their clients and the public;
  • To foster thoughtful discussion of, encourage and provide a forum for scholarly reflection on, and stimulate and assist educational programs in the professional and ethical issues that arise in or are related to dental practice, dental education, and dental research.

HISTORY

The PEDNET newsletter started in 1983 and PEDNET was formed as an organization in 1987. A group of teachers of dental ethics who had attended a workshop hosted by Muriel Bebeau at the University of Minnesota, together with other professionals who had written on the subject or were known to be teaching dental ethics, received that first newsletter. The network was declared to exist when about two dozen recipients indicated an interest in continuing to communicate back and forth.

PEDNET became a formal organization four years later when the members were invited to join the Society for Health and Human Values (SHHV), a predecessor organization of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). The Network has conducted three meetings each year since then as well as a biennial Dental Ethics Workshop, and has provided ethics programming assistance to numerous professional dental societies.

PEDNET was renamed the American Society for Dental Ethics in 2005.

MEMBERSHIP

The organization is open to all dental school faculty, dental hygiene faculty, ethicists, practicing dentists and dental hygienists, professional association officers, social scientists and others who are concerned about professional and ethical issues in dental practice, education and research. For more information click here.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT:
Pamela Zarkowski, JD, MPH

PRESIDENT-ELECT:
Frederick More, DDS, MS

SECRETARY/TREASURER:
Larry Jenson, DDS, MA

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT:
Toni Roucka, DDS, MA

LIAISON TO THE ACD BOARD OF REGENTS:
Phyllis Beemsterboer EdD, MS, RDH

CO-EDITORS for Issues in Dental Ethics:
Bruce Peltier, PhD
Larry Jenson, DDS, MA

EDITOR EMERITUS:
David T. Ozar, PhD

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE:
Odette Aguirre-Zero, DDS, MS, MPH
Evelyn Donate-Bartfield, PhD
Raymond Klein, DDS
Kathryn Ragalis, DMD, MS

IDEALS LIAISON:
Don Patthof, DDS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
Ana Wannarka, DDS, MACM