Original Charter

We gather together today, August 3, 2011, in mutual respect and recognition at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., as a group focused on promoting peace and well-being through oral health. All professionals in the field of dentistry speak a common language—the language of health.

We believe that oral health professionals can indeed serve to bring people of diverse backgrounds together to collaborate in order to overcome political conflicts and continue to build “Bridges to Peace.”

We are committed to the vision of promoting peace and well-being among people all over the world through oral health, by creating a common understanding of the social, political, economic, and geo-environmental issues among students, educators, researchers, and all health professionals.

The Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders will serve as a coordinating group that promotes, nurtures, and sponsors collaborations among oral health and health-related schools, companies, and organizations worldwide to achieve the following goals:

  • Promote peace through oral health as part of total health and the reduction of disparities;
  • Improve oral health by nurturing engagements among health professionals in order to develop an understanding of the myriad social, political, and other causes of conflicts;
  • Develop leadership and advocacy programs to promote peace and well-being through oral health;
  • Provide dental students and educators with opportunities for exchange, ultimately familiarizing them with state-of-the-art technology and science in all disciplines of dentistry throughout different parts of the world; and
  • Promote and facilitate international collaborative research among members of the Alliance.

I hereby agree and support the vision and goals of the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders and recognize the formation of its non-profit organization registered in the state of New York, U.S.A.

August 3, 2011 • Temple University • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Founders

Christopher Peck
Dean
Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Sydney
Australia

Vanio Mitev
Rector
Faculty of Stomatology, Medical University – Sofia
Bulgaria

David Mock
Dean
Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto
Canada

Olivier Schiller
Chief Executive Officer
Septodont Holding
Canada

Michael Tenenbaum
International President
Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity
Canada

Tao Xu
Dean
School of Stomatology, Peking University
China

Nuo Zhou
Vice President and Dean
School of Stomatology, Guangxi Medical University
China

Verma Mahesh
Director Principal
Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences
India

Ilana Eli
Head of School
The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschlager
School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University
Israel

Adam Stabholz
Dean, Faculty of Dental Medicine
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Israel
Founding Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors

Umberto Romeo
Associate Professor
Department of Oral Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome
Italy

Yzuru Kaneko
President
Tokyo Dental College
Japan

Jawad Behbehani
Dean
Faculty of Dentistry, Kuwait University
Kuwait

Musa Bajali
Vice President for Student Affairs and Services
Al-Quds University
Palestine
Founding Member, Board of Directors

Oleg O. Yanushevich
Rector
Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry
Russian Federation

Nawarat Wara-aswapati Charoen
Dean
Faculty of Dentistry, Khon Kaen University
Thailand

Ferda Tasar
Professor
Faculty of Dentistry, Hacettepe University
Turkey
Founding Secretary, Board of Directors

Nairn Wilson
Dean
Dental Institute, King’s College London
United Kingdom

Elifuraha G.S. Mumghamba
Dean
School of Dentistry
United Republic of Tanzania

Stanley Bergman
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Henry Schein, Inc.
United States

Gary Charlestein
Chief Executive Officer
Premier Dental Products Company
United States

Alan Cohen
Director, Global Corporate Social Responsibility
Henry Schein, Inc.
United States
Executive Director

D. Walter Cohen
Board of Trustees
Drexel University College of Medicine
United States

Lois K. Cohen
Consultant & Paul G. Rogers Ambassador for Global Health Research
National Institute of Dental and
Craniofacial Research
National Institutes of Health
United States

Jack Dillenberg
Dean
Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, A.T. Still University
United States

Bruce Donoff
Dean
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
United States
Founding Member, Board of Directors

John D. B. Featherstone
Dean
School of Dentistry, University of California San Francisco
United States

Allen Finkelstein
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Bedford HealthCare Solutions
United States

Michael Glick
Dean
School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo
United States

Jerold S. Goldberg
Dean, Case School of Dental Medicine,
Case Western Reserve University
United States
Founding Member, Board of Directors

Louis Guellnitz
Director of North American Dental Sales
Air Techniques
United States

Amid Ismail
Dean
Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University
United States
Founding Chairman, Board of Directors

Steve Kess
Vice President, Global Professional Relations
Henry Schein, Inc.
United States
Founding Treasurer, Board of Directors

Dan Perkins
Chief Executive Officer
AEGIS Communications
United States

Leo E. Rouse
President
American Dental Education Association
United States

Avishai Sadan
Dean
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
United States

Irvin B. Silverstein
Director & Advisor
Pre-Dental Society & Student Run Free-Dental Clinic
University of California San Diego
United States

Philip Stashenko
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Forsyth Institute
United States

Andrew G. Whitehead
Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Crosstex
United States

Ray C. Williams
Dean
School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook University
United States

George Wolfe
President
DMG America
United States