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June 18, 2010

Dr. Chun-Hsi Chung Named Director of American Board of Orthodontics

Philadelphia – Dr. Chun-Hsi Chung, Associate Professor of Orthodontics at the School of Dental Medicine and Director of the School’s Postdoctoral Orthodontics Program, has been named a Director of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO), serving as one of the Board’s eight directors and representing the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists.

The directors represent the eight regions of the United States and Canada that comprise the constituent organizations of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), including the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern, Northeastern, Pacific, Rocky Mountain, Southern, and Southwestern regions. Directors from each region of the Board are nominated by their respective constituent organizations and elected by the House of Delegates of the AAO, sponsor of the ABO.

Effective May 2010, Dr. Chung’s term as a Board Director will run through 2018. In this position, Dr. Chung works on the Board’s Written Examination and Legal Committees and is a liaison to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Council on Orthodontic Education. He will become president of the ABO in May 2017, acting in a dual role for a one-year term.

Dr. Chung, who earned his certification from the ABO in 2002, received a BDS degree from the National Taiwan University School of Dentistry in 1981. He earned a DMD degree from Penn Dental Medicine in 1986, and completed his Postdoctoral Certificate in Orthodontics and MS in Oral Biology at Penn in 1992. Dr. Chung teaches clinical and didactic orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics to predoctoral students and postdoctoral orthodontic residents at Penn Dental Medicine. His primary research interests include craniofacial growth and development, the relationship between transverse dentofacial dimension and vertical facial morphology and orthodontic temporary anchorage devices, and dentofacial changes from rapid palatal expansion utilizing cone beam computed tomography images. Dr. Chung is also a member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists.

The ABO was founded in 1929 with the primary purpose of elevating the level of orthodontic care for the public by encouraging excellence in clinical practice and specialty education. The Board is the only certifying board recognized by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association for the specialty of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics and presently has more than 4,800 Board-certified members.

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