Keith Krell, DDS, MS, MA, of West Des Moines was appointed as the president of the American Association of Endodontists in April of 2019 and heads into the last few months of his yearlong term excited to continue advocating on behalf of endodontists and patients around the world.
In 2019, he represented the AAE's 8,000 members and gave lectures internationally, including trips to Canada, Turkey, Austria, and Egypt. In Iowa, his advocacy led to the declaration of May as "Save Your Tooth Month" by Iowa's legislature as part of the AAE's Worth Saving campaign. The goal of this ongoing campaign is to promote the preservation of natural teeth through care, prevention, and awareness of endodontology as a solution.
Dr. Krell is a life member of the ADA and IDA with 38 years of membership. He previously served as director and president of the American Board of Endodontics from 2001-2007 and as trustee and president of the AAE Foundation from 2007-2014, as well as past general chairman for annual sessions.
"I know and understand the history of endodontics and what we have accomplished and our evolution," Dr. Krell said of his career. "I have been a participant in all of the changes that have occurred and recognize we will be evolving even more. In many ways, I wish I was starting in today's era now because of the incredible innovations in endodontic sciences. I see the future as being very bright for our specialty with even more predictable ways to preserve the natural dentition."
IDA congratulates Dr. Krell for his service and wishes him the best of luck as he concludes his term in April.
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