CDA leader running for ADA president

Carol Summerhays, DDS, a general dentist with a San Diego private practice, has formally announced her candidacy for the office of ADA president-elect  2014 at the ADA House of Delegates in New Orleans.

In addition to her role as the ADA Thirteenth District trustee, Summerhays has held numerous ADA leadership positions and has served on various committees, including strategic planning, compensation, governance, government affairs and new dentist. She also served as CDA president in 2009, and held many positions on CDA committees and councils, including the CDA Presents Board of Managers, and was chair of the CDA Foundation Board of Advisors and its initial comprehensive campaign that raised $24 million in contributions and commitments. Her work also includes leadership positions with the San Diego Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry.

“As a private practice owner, I’m well aware of the challenges facing our profession today. This opportunity will allow me to focus on the future of our profession and advocate for our members and the patients we serve,” said Summerhays. “I am very grateful for the support I have received from many of my colleagues in California and across the nation, and I would be honored to serve as ADA president-elect.”

Summerhays is a graduate of the USC Ostrow School of Dentistry. She and her husband, Soames, live in San Diego and have two sons, Giles and Bryce.

Matthew Campbell Jr., DDS, CDA speaker emeritus, is serving as campaign chairman. He can be reached at matirene@inreach.com or 916.425.1523.