- FDI President Dr Kathryn Kell returns home for FDI World Dental Congress 2019 San Francisco

Dr Kathryn Kell, president of FDI World Dental Federation, shares her enthusiasm to host the 2019 FDI World Dental Congress together with her friends and colleagues from the American Dental Association.

Tell us about the upcoming FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco, USA – what makes this event unique?
The FDI World Dental Congress will be a truly collaborative event. FDI will work together with the American Dental Association (ADA) to host the congress in San Francisco, USA, from 4–8 September 2019. We hope to create a positive and impactful dental meeting for attendees, guests and exhibitors.
Our ambition is to deliver a dental congress like no other – we are ready to welcome a diverse global contingent of dentists and other professionals within the oral health community and ensure that each visitor returns home with valuable insights and knowledge to help improve oral healthcare worldwide.
San Francisco is a desirable and inclusive destination for local, national and international participants, and we hope that attendees will be able to take full advantage of all that the city has to offer.

Tell us about the FDI – ADA partnership.
FDI is proud to partner with the ADA. As the largest dental association in the United States, representing more than 161,000 dentists, the ADA has successfully supported patients in their quest for quality care since 1859. Next year, we look forward to pooling our strengths to produce an engaging and modern scientific programme and pull off one of the largest industry exhibitions that we’ve ever seen at an FDI World Dental Congress.

What is your vision for the 2019 FDI World Dental Congress?
Over the years, I’ve learned that if we work together and adopt policies of inclusion for all people, countries, and backgrounds, we can achieve our ambition of optimal oral health for all.
I look forward to working closely with ADA leadership to explore how we can best incorporate this mission into the foundation of our congress. Each year, we have an opportunity to harmonize our international perspective of oral health with the unique health context of the host country. This is what I am most excited about in the countdown to the congress – the chance to narrow our lens and focus our efforts on what matters most to us as a community of dental practitioners.


Ms Margo Mombrinie
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