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American Board of Endodontics Announces New Officers, Directors

The American Board of Endodontics named new officers and members of its Board of Directors during the American Association of Endodontists recent annual meeting in San Francisco. They are:

Himel ThumbVan T. Himel, D.D.S., President. Dr. Himel is the chair of the Department of Endodontics at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and was previously professor and chair of the department of endodontics and operative dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry. Dr. Himel received his D.D.S. from LSU and, after serving two years in the U.S. Air Force and maintaining a private practice for five years, he returned to LSU for graduate training in endodontics. After earning his certificate of endodontics, he joined the faculty of LSU where he served as head of the endodontic graduate program. Dr. Himel is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

Noblett ThumbW. Craig Noblett, D.D.S., M.S., Treasurer. Dr. Noblett earned his dental degree from UCLA School of Dentistry and his Master's degree and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Iowa. A private practicing endodontist in Berkeley, Calif., Dr. Noblett is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He has served on several AAE committees and previously chaired the Clinical Practice, Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Annual Session Planning Committees. He is a past trustee of the California Dental Association.

Bergeron ThumbBrian E. Bergeron, D.M.D. Dr. Bergeron is the endodontic program director at the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. He earned his D.M.D. from the University of Florida before completing a General Practice Residency at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb., and an endodontic residency at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Tex. Dr. Bergeron served 23 years in the USAF Dental Corps, including his final assignment as endodontics residency director at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and a Fellow in the International College of Dentists. He serves nationally on the ADA Dental Quality Alliance, the Scientific Advisory Board for the Journal of Endodontics, and as a Review Committee member for the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Spatafore ThumbClara M. Spatafore, D.D.S., M.S. Dr. Spatafore earned her D.D.S and Certificate in Endodontics from West Virginia University School of Dentistry. After her endodontics program, Dr. Spatafore served as a clinical instructor in the United States Navy and then as chairman at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Endodontics. She then practiced at Allegheny General Hospital while maintaining a private practice in the Pittsburgh area. Currently, Dr. Spatafore is chair of the department of endodontics at Virginia Commonwealth University. A past president of the AAE Board of Directors, Dr. Spatafore is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and serves on the Journal of Endodontics Scientific Review Board.


About the American Board of Endodontics
The American Association of Endodontists sponsors the American Board of Endodontics. Founded in 1956, the American Board of Endodontics is the only certifying board for the specialty of endodontics and is recognized by the American Dental Association.

ABE Diplomate status is awarded to qualified candidates who have demonstrated diagnostic skill, clinical proficiency and professional judgment of a level that promotes the highest quality of care for patients. They have taken an examination administered by a panel of peer experts and have demonstrated an exemplary level of knowledge, understanding and clinical expertise in endodontics. For more information about the ABE, please visit

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