James Stephens, DDS, was installed as the new CDA president at the House of Delegates meeting in Sacramento.
Stephens, a general dentist with a private practice in Palo Alto, is a graduate of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and Stanford University. He succeeds Immediate Past President Lindsey Robinson, DDS.
During his speech to delegates, Stephens emphasized CDA’s mission — a commitment to help members succeed in service to their patients and the public — as well as the organization’s vision of excellence in member services and oral health advocacy that drive CDA’s strategic plan.
“Through the evolution of the Practice Support Center and high value member services, with focused planning and outstanding service at TDIC, and conscientious, assertive legislative engagement, we will move our strategic plan forward,” said Stephens. “CDA will be relentless in striving to support our members.”
In addition to being recognized as the authority on oral health care for all Californians, Stephens referenced the challenges in the profession today and the need to evolve rather than focus on preserving the past.
“At CDA, we are looking for the tsunami before the earthquake is over; we constantly scan the environment for the next challenge in dentistry and the next paradigm in member service,” said Stephens. “We are and will continue to be the envy of the dental profession.”
Stephens is a past president of the Mid-Peninsula Dental Society and serves as a delegate to the ADA.
Stephens shares his Palo Alto practice with his wife, Susan Park, DDS. They have three children; Lindsey, a physician in residency at UC San Francisco; Matt, a first-year dental student at UCLA; and Scott, a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.