The American College of Dentists Welcomes President Connolly
Gaithersburg, Maryland – Dr. Thomas J. Connolly, a periodontist from New York City, was installed as the President of the American College of Dentists at the ACD Annual Meeting and 98th Convocation of the College in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tom graduated with distinction from the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 1977. In 1980, Tom finished a periodontics residency at his alma mater and since that time he has regularly expanded his surgical and therapeutic skills inventory with advanced training in implant surgery, microsurgical techniques and laser training.
Dr. Connolly has diverse experience as a private practicing periodontist, patient advocate and as a nationally recognized leader in dentistry. Prior to his years of distinguished service to the American College of Dentists, Tom served as President of the Columbia College of Dental Medicine 1852 Society from 1997 to 2004. He also served as the Chairman of the Columbia College of Dental Medicine Capital Campaign from 2004 to 2013. In 2004, he was elected President of the New York Academy of General Dentistry and the following year he was seated as the President of the New York Academy of Dentistry Endowment Fund.
For more than twenty years, Tom has taught graduate and undergraduate students in periodontics and dental ethics. He established the Dental Ethics Program at Stony Brook. For his decades of contributions to the dental profession, Tom received the Distinguished Alumnus Award: Periodontics from Columbia College of Dental Medicine in 2008. In 2015, he was recognized as the Columbia University Alumni Medalist.
First elected to the American College of Dentists’ Board of Regents in 2010, Dr. Connolly has served at every level in the American College of Dentists and he fully understands the mission of the College and is committed to advancing excellence in ethics, education, and leadership in the profession for the benefit of the public we are privileged to serve.
Throughout his long and storied career, Dr. Connolly has received numerous awards and accolades including the: Dr. Frank Bembe Award for Periodontics 1976; Ella Marie Ewell Medal for Oral Surgery and Columbia University Divisional Awards of Excellence in Operative Dentistry and Oral Surgery. He has earned Awards for Achievement with the American Academy of Periodontology, the American College of Stomatology Surgeons and the American Academy of General Dentistry. Tom is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon and is a regular contributor to graduate dental education collaborative engagements in New York, Massachusetts and the surrounding areas.
Dr. Connolly understands that obligations of a professional extend into the community and for his efforts, he was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from The Boys’ Club of New York. Tom has considerable volunteer experience in his role as a dental professional. These experiences have helped shape his world view and his understanding of access to care in the context of humanitarian aid. He routinely volunteers to provide dental services through a variety of community-based efforts designed to increase access to available care. Tom was instrumental in bringing Donated Dental Services to New York and has volunteered every year since its inception in 2005. He served on the New York Donated Dental Services Leadership Council from 2006-2018.
Tom understands the role of the mentor in contemporary society and exercises this responsibility with the same energy and level of commitment that he brings to all that he undertakes. He is committed to preparing the next generation of healthcare leaders to confront the challenges they will inevitably face.
Currently, Dr. Connolly continues in the private practice of periodontics and implantology with his daughter, Dr. Julie Connolly.
The American College of Dentistry Family welcomes Tom Connolly to his role as President of oldest honorary dental society in the United States.