The International College of Dentists presented Camille Kostelac-Cherry ’76, the Pennsylvania Dental Association’s chief executive officer, with an honorary fellowship on Friday November 6, in Washington, DC, at the ICD’s USA Section Annual Meeting and Convocation held at the Renaissance Washington Downtown Hotel.
ICD is the world’s oldest and largest honor society for dentists. Conceived in 1920, the college currently has over 12,000 members in 122 countries who have been awarded the prestigious title of fellow in the ICD. Honorary fellowship is rarely given. The ICD governing body confers this title upon an individual “who has rendered conspicuous service to the cause of dental science or has contributed to the promotion of the dental profession.”
“I am especially grateful to the Board of Regents of the ICD for inviting me into your dental family in this very special way by selecting me as an honorary fellow, of the most prestigious honor society, in a most honorable profession,” Kostelac-Cherry said. “I was first honored by the dental profession in 1994, when the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania Dental Association selected me as its CEO. In the 21+ years that I have had the privilege of working with dentists, I have witnessed every day your passion for your profession and your compassion for your patients. I believe I can thank you best by upholding our core values, serving the profession by leading with integrity.”
Camille Kostelac-Cherry is a 1983 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law and has served as the CEO of the Pennsylvania Dental Association since 1994.
Founded in 1868, the Pennsylvania Dental Association is composed of approximately 6,000 member dentists. It is a constituency of the American Dental Association, the largest and oldest national dental society in the world. PDA’s mission is to improve the public health, promote the art and science of dentistry, and represent the interests of its member dentists and their patients. PDA is the voice of dentistry in Pennsylvania.