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Blanton assumes leadership roles

Dr. Patricia BlantonTexas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry alumna Dr. Patricia Blanton ’67, ’74, ‘76 is making her mark on the profession with her recent election to leadership roles in two prominent dental organizations.

She was installed as president-elect of the American College of Dentists on Oct. 8 during the organization’s annual meeting and convocation in Orlando, Fla. A few days later on Oct. 12, Blanton was elected second vice president of the American Dental Association during the association’s 151st Annual Session, also in Orlando.

“One of the highest honors of my professional career will be to serve as president of the American College of Dentists, the oldest national honorary society for dentists,” Blanton said. “One of my goals as president-elect and as I go into the presidency will be to enhance the public’s and the profession’s knowledge of the efforts of the ACD to elevate ethical conduct within our profession and assure that we dentists never lose the public’s trust.”

She has equally noble goals for her leadership role with the ADA. As second vice president, Blanton will have the responsibility of representing the House of Delegates, the policy making body of the organization, before the ADA Board of Trustees. 

“By adhering to our traditional values and insisting on best practices, I am confident that dentistry is positioned to reach new heights,” Blanton said.  “However, it will take an informed and concerted effort on the part of all dentists to assure that the future of the profession is bright.  I am committed to my task as vice president, and I am confident that our leadership will set us on a path to advance our profession and our practices as we advocate for our patients.”

Blanton has ample experience in professional leadership roles. She is a past president of the Texas Dental Association, Southwest Society of Periodontists, Texas Society of Periodontists and the Dallas County Dental Society. She also has served as a delegate and alternate delegate to both the ADA and TDA Houses of Delegates.

Blanton received her doctorate in anatomy from Baylor University and her dental degree and certificate in periodontics from TAMHSC-Baylor College of Dentistry.

She has spent most of her professional career involved in some way at the college, where she currently is professor emeritus in biomedical sciences. In addition to numerous academic positions and professional appointments, Blanton practices periodontics and implantology full time.

Her awards and recognitions include nomination to the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame for health and research, the Baylor College of Dentistry Distinguished Alumni Award, the DCDS Dentist of the Year Award, DCDS Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Association of Women Dentists’ 2008 Woman Dentist of the Year/Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award, and the Commanders Award from the Europe Regional Dental Command. The HSC-BCD biomedical sciences library also has been named in her honor.