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Raymond Cohlmia, DDS

Dr. Raymond Cohlmia is currently serving as Executive Director of the American Dental Association. He graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 1988. He was in private practice for 27 years with his father and brother, while also holding a faculty appointment at the College of Dentistry. He served as Assistant Dean for Clinical Operations from 2013 to 2015 and was appointed as Dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry from 2015 to 2021 and concurrently remained in the practice of dentistry during that time.

Dr. Cohlmia has served as a delegate to the American Dental Association and 12th District Trustee from 2015 to 2019. Along with his involvement and leadership in academia, he has served in many capacities, including presidencies at the local and state level, served on many national councils, committees, and task forces for the American Dental Association, as well as many other dental organizations.

Dr. Cohlmia joined the ADA in October of 2021 and was named the Executive Director on November 15, 2021. Shortly after his appointment, he led the creation of a new agile form of internal governance now in place that focuses on five key customer groups of Direct to Dentist, Direct to Tripartite, Public and Professional, Business Portfolio, and the Internal Enterprise, that are leading the transformational change at the ADA.

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