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Election as director of American Board of Orthodontics ‘life changing’ for Tadlock


Dr. Larry Tadlock
Dr. Larry Tadlock

When Dr. Larry Tadlock, associate clinical professor of orthodontics, talks about his May 13 election as one of the directors of the American Board of Orthodontics, it’s likely you’ll be able to sense his excitement.

“It is one of the highest honors and greatest responsibilities of any position within the profession,” Tadlock says of his new post, which covers the Southwestern Society of Orthodontists. “It is life changing,” he adds.

It truly is, in more ways than one.

The position, which lasts eight years including a final year as president, includes lots of travel, work and of course, accountability. Tadlock will serve as one of several directors and will be responsible for establishing policies and conducting examinations that directly impact board certification for orthodontic specialists.

While the position is highly respected within the profession, don’t expect Tadlock to exhibit an inflated ego from now on.

“If I think more highly of myself than I should then I will fail,” Tadlock says. “Plus, doors might have to be expanded to get my head through,” he jokes.

Getting elected to the position of director is an arduous process. It begins when all members submit their curricula vitae to their constituent societies. After a series of committee reviews, the pool of candidates is then reduced to a mere handful.

After the nominees are submitted to the board and a selection is made, the trustees from the American Association of Orthodontists must approve the decision. The final step is a vote from the association’s delegates.

The decision serves as a vote of confidence from Tadlock’s peers, something he doesn’t take lightly.

“I can’t imagine a greater professional responsibility than to serve as an ABO director, and it is an indescribable honor to have been selected,” Tadlock says.

A 1984 Baylor College of Dentistry graduate, Tadlock will have busy days ahead as he replaces Dr. Jeryl English from Houston, who is immediate past president of the board. Tadlock will continue to manage his private orthodontic practice in Keller, which he started more than 20 years ago, in addition to maintaining his part-time faculty role at TAMHSC-BCD and carrying out his new ABO leadership position.

His commitment, however, will carry him through this transitional time.

“I believe that ABO directors serve the profession in a selfless fashion with little regard to the time, energy or personal costs required,” he says.