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Presidents Message

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President’s Message

March 15, 2021


Greetings from Fort Worth, Texas!  Let me first say how honored I am to be able to serve as ABFO President for 2021-22, I truly am humbled by this privilege.  And my special “thanks” go out to those Presidents before me who have guided me along the way—particularly David Senn, Jim Lewis, and Paula Brumit.  And a big “thanks” goes out to the ABFO membership!


The past year has been challenging, to say the least.  The pandemic has affected most aspects of our lives at home and at work–and our travel–and certainly affected the way that organizations conduct their meetings.  This year, as most of you know, we were able to conduct our in-person ABFO Annual Business Meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee, on a somewhat limited basis, and it went off very smoothly thanks primarily to the hard work by immediate Past-President Jim Lewis and Secretary Eric Wilson.


Drs. Ann Norrlander and Kathy Kasper conducted very successful Workshops (Civil Litigation and Dental Age Assessment, respectively), and the C&E Committee led by Chair Dr. Ned Turner conducted the Certification Examination.  We had two candidates successfully complete all parts of the Exam and so we are proud to welcome our newest Diplomates Drs. Grace Chung and Cristina Dalle Grave. Congratulations to you both!


The Board of Directors approved a new Document Retention Policy that guides retention time of our various secure documents and records.  Properly securing the organization’s data is a requirement for our FSAB Accreditation and therefore the ad hoc Data Security Committee was renewed.  In addition, our FSAB Reaccreditation is due next year, and so the ad hoc FSAB Reaccreditation Committee also was continued under Dr. Jackie Reid.


As Vice-President, Dr. Reid also serves as the Overall Workshop Coordinator and she will be publicizing information about the two upcoming Workshops, Dental ID and Bitemarks, that we plan to hold in Seattle, tentatively on the 19th and 20th of February, 2022.


We are glad to note the reelection of Drs. Kasper and Norrlander to the Board of Directors, and we welcome new BoD members, Drs. Paige Smalley and Jan Westberry.  Dr. John Mc Dowell was elected to the Ethics Committee, Dr. Paula Brumit to Certification & Examination Committee, and Dr. Derek Draft was elected Treasurer.  Drs. Richard Fixott moves to President-Elect, Jackie Reid becomes Vice-President, and Eric Wilson gets one more term as Secretary—the hardest working man in ABFO business! Thank you all very much for your commitments to serve the organization.


We sadly note the passing of one of our members last year, Dr. Rodney Brown, #049.  From the ABFO website: “Dr. Brown became a Diplomate of the ABFO in 1982. After graduation from the University of Indiana School of Dentistry, he began an active full time private practice of general dentistry spanning a period of 41 years. He was a Life member of the ADA. He was a Fellow in the AAFS, and a member of the ASFO. Dr. Brown was a Deputy Coroner, Deputy Sheriff, Co-Captain of the Indiana Disaster “Go-Team”, President of the Indiana Society of Forensic Odontology, consultant to the Indian State Police, and the Evansville Police Department.”  Rest in peace, Dr. Brown.


I am very pleased to report that ADA Technical Standard 1077 was adopted by the ABFO as part of our Dental Age Assessment practices.  There was a tremendous amount of time and effort put into this project by OSAC and the ADA WG 143 ‘Human Age Assessment by Dental Analysis’ folks and by our own Dental Age Assessment group and Drs. Kathy Kasper and Ken Aschheim.  Good work and congratulations for a job well done!


Due to the concerns raised by some last year, I have appointed Dr. Pete Hampl as Chair of the ad hoc Virtual Meeting Study Committee to examine the potential Bylaws changes needed and procedures we might need to adopt in order to facilitate possible virtual meetings in the future.  Dr. Hampl has also graciously agreed to serve as Local Arrangements coordinator for the upcoming Seattle meeting.


And please let me note again all the hard work done by Secretary Eric Wilson—he keeps things running very smoothly for us!


I am including a link to a monologue titled Go Do Some Research! I delivered to the AAFS Odontology Section Annual Business Meeting on Feb. 19, 2021, by request.  Bottom line: please go do some forensic odontology research!


Thank you all very much again for the opportunity to serve as your President this year.  I remain available to one and all at any time for any concerns that may arise.


Best regards always,

Roger Metcalf DDS

President, American Board of Forensic Odontology

The American Board of Forensic Odontology, Inc.
Email: contact@abfo.org