The AAO and the AAO Foundation were very saddened to learn of the July 28 passing of Robert W. Hazel, who retired in 2018 as executive vice president of the Foundation after 26 years of work on fundraising initiatives to support orthodontic faculty.
AAO members have represented the AAO in four virtual meetings with Senators over the past few weeks including Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), Sen. Cory Gardner (Colorado), Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) and Sen. Mark Warner (Virginia), and Sen. Bill Cassidy (Louisianna).
AAO leaders and members faced unusual challenges during 2019-20. Nonetheless, with expert leadership and a dedicated team, we finished the year with many successful efforts addressing the needs of members and the specialty and adding value to membership.
The AAO is taking another step forward in supporting the specialty by investing in advancements in patient care via its Innovation and Transformation Fund. The Fund's second investment has been made in the KLOwen Custom Braces System.
Orthodontic residency programs and institutions are doing their best to keep up in these changing times, and many residency programs are taking steps to ensure students can complete necessary didactic, clinical and assessment experiences to graduate on time.
the AAO joined the ADA and other dental organizations on a letter asking the Secretary of Labor to exempt small businesses (under 50 employees) from the new emergency paid sick leave provisions in the recently-passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act.