Raymond F. Gist, D.D.S., a Flint, Mich., general dentist is the 2010-2011 president of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Gist is the first African-American president of the 157,000 not-for-profit dentist member organization, the nation’s oldest and largest dental association in the United States.
“Becoming the first African-American president of the ADA is very rewarding for me, because it has allowed me to demonstrate that the opportunity is here for every dentist that aspires to make a significant contribution to this fine profession,” Dr. Gist said. “It also highlights the accomplishments of the African-American dentists that preceded me and created this pathway for me to follow. While too many of my fellow professionals endured the hardships of being denied membership for far too many years, I represent the welcoming change in both attitude and spirit.”
Before he was chosen president-elect, Dr. Gist had served in numerous Dental associations throughout his career and dedicated himself to professional leadership. His numerous awards and honors include a United Negro College Fund Outstanding Participation Award.
Dr. Gist received his dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and was a captain in the U.S. Air Force before entering private dental practice. He and his wife, Jill, reside in Grand Blanc, Michigan, and have one daughter, Holly, and two grandchildren. www.ada.org