CDA member elected ADA president-elect

Carol Summerhays, DDS, a general dentist who practices in San Diego, has been elected president-elect of the ADA.

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.

“I am honored to have been elected as ADA president-elect," said Summerhays, who has also served as the ADA Thirteenth District trustee. “There are many challenges facing our profession today. This opportunity that my colleagues in California and across the nation have given me will allow me to advocate for dentistry and the patients we serve."

Summerhays acknowledges that the profession is in an era of rapid and significant change with record-high dental student debt, the impact of the Affordable Care Act, various new workforce models and more.

"This is a time for action and positive results," Summerhays said. "Unity and resolve throughout the Tripartite will move us forward to meet all challenges, strengthen the profession and support member hopes and dreams."

Summerhays is a graduate of the USC Ostrow School of Dentistry and is a member of the American College of Dentists, Academy of General Dentistry, American Association of Women Dentists, Hispanic Dental Association and the Pankey Institute.   

She and her husband, Soames, live in San Diego and have two sons, Giles and Bryce.

Summerhays will succeed Maxine Feinberg, DDS, as ADA president and will be installed at the ADA House next fall.