LSU Health NO's Gremillion Elected to National Dental Education Leadership Post

Henry Gremillion, DDS, MAGD, Dean of LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, has been elected Board Director for Deans of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) 2017-18 Board of Directors. He will serve as a liaison between the ADEA Board of Directors and the Council of Deans.

The composition of the ADEA Council of Deans includes the dean of each dental school in the United States, the chief dental administrative officer of each affiliate (non-dental school) member institution conducting non-hospital-based advanced dental education programs, the chief dental officer of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Public Health Service and Veterans Administration, as well as the president of the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry.

As the sole national organization representing academic dentistry, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental education. ADEA members total more than 21,000 students, faculty, staff, and administrators from all of the U.S. and Canadian dental schools, many allied and advanced dental education programs, and numerous corporations working in oral health education.

Dr. Gremillion, a Louisiana native and 1977 graduate of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, is the sixth dean since the founding of the dental school in 1968. He is also the only LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry alumnus who has held the position. In 2009, the Academy of General Dentistry honored him with the Thaddeus V. Weclew award for his “exceptional contributions to the art and science of dentistry, and for promoting the principles and ideals of the academy.” Gremillion received the Dawson Academy Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain Distinguished Service Award in 2010, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy Gold Medal Award in 2015. Presented annually to a dentist in the United States who has made outstanding contributions to the progress and standing of the dental profession, the Pierre Fauchard Academy Gold Medal Award is one of the international dental honor organization’s most prestigious and exclusive awards.

Educating about 75% of Louisiana’s dentists and dental hygienists, LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry is the only dental school in the State of Louisiana, and the only one  in the nation offering degrees in dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental laboratory technology.