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ABO announces new director appointment, Dr. Onur Kadioglu (August 2023)

Posted on: 8/10/2023

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Onur Kadioglu, D.D.S., M.S., of Oklahoma City, Okla., has been appointed to the board of directors American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) as the representative of the Southwestern  Society of Orthodontists. The appointment runs through the May  2024 American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Annual  Session, at which time Dr. Kadioglu will stand for approval by the  House of Delegates.  

The ABO directors are responsible for establishing policy with regard to the board certification of specialists in orthodontics.  Each ABO director represents one of the eight constituent organizations of the AAO and serves an eight‐year term, which culminates in the position of president. Dr. Kadioglu will become president of the ABO in the 2030‐2031 year.  

He succeeds Stephen K. McCullough, D.D.S., M.S., of Yukon,  Okla., as SWSO representative on the board.

“As the president on the American Board of Orthodontics it is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Onur  Kadioglu as the new ABO director representing SWSO,” said Timothy Trulove, D.M.D., M.S., 2023‐2024  president of the ABO. “I would like to thank Dr. Kadioglu for accepting this position, and I would also like to thank Dr. McCullough for his distinguished service to the ABO. Dr. McCullough is the consummate  professional who represented the SWSO with distinction and grace and he will be greatly missed by his  fellow directors and friends at the ABO.” 

Dr. Kadioglu is an associate professor, Ram S. Nanda Endowed Chair, and the head of the Division of  Orthodontics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He has served on the faculty at the university since 2008 and became program head and Ram S. Nanda Endowed Chair in 2020. He also maintains a private practice with Orthodontic Specialists of Oklahoma.

He received his certificate in orthodontics and Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. His dental degree is from Istanbul University in his native Turkey. He obtained ABO certification in 2011 and was re-certified in 2021. 

Active in various professional organizations, Dr. Kadioglu has served on the AAO Council on Scientific  Affairs. He is president-elect of SWSO and also served as their editor for eight years. He is an instructor for the Charles H. Tweed Education and Research Foundation and an examiner for the ABO. Dr. Kadioglu is a member of the editorial review boards of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial  Orthopedics and the Angle Orthodontist. He has been inducted into both the International College of  Dentists and the American College of Dentists. 

His research interests include temporary anchorage devices, 3D technologies, and various other areas of clinical translational research.

On being elected to the ABO board, Dr. Kadioglu said, “It is with utmost honor and excitement that I accept this position as a director for the American Board of Orthodontics. This fine opportunity will allow me to continue to serve our profession and the ABO at a new level. This humbling experience comes with significant responsibility, and I look forward to collaborating and learning from my distinguished fellow directors. I will be committed to uphold the ABO’s strategic objectives while  adapting to the evolving needs of our wonderful profession through devotion to promoting the highest  standard of care and excellence in orthodontics.” 

Dr. McCullough, who has served as an ABO director representing SWSO since 2019, operated a private practice in orthodontics in Yukon, Okla., until his retirement in 2020. He currently is a clinical professor and graduate program director in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Oklahoma Health  Sciences Center. He holds his master’s degree in orthodontics from the University of Michigan and obtained his dental and undergraduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma.  

Certified by the ABO since 1990, Dr. McCullough is a member of the College of Diplomates of the ABO.  He has been an examiner for the ABO since 2007. Dr. McCullough received the Earl S. and Wilma S.  Shepard Distinguished Service Award from the ABO in 2016.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with a distinguished group of leaders on the ABO board of directors,” Dr. McCullough said. “Through board certification, the ABO plays a critical role in promoting  the highest standards in orthodontics.”