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ADI Fellow Dr. Michael Durbin elected to AAO Board of Trustees

Friday, July 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephanie Wilhelm
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ST. LOUIS, July 7, 2017 – Michael G. Durbin, DDS, MS, an orthodontist with offices in  Des Plaines and Long Grove, Illinois, has been elected by the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists (MSO) as its representative on the Board of Trustees of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).  The announcement was made during the AAO’s recent 117th Annual Session in San Diego.

The AAO is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization with more than 19,000 members. The MSO is one of eight constituent organizations of the AAO and serves orthodontists practicing in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and the Canadian province of Manitoba.

“I am humbled by the confidence my colleagues in the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists have placed in me by electing me to represent them on the AAO Board of Trustees,” Dr. Durbin said.  “Working together, we will surmount challenges to ensure that patients continue to receive the highest level of orthodontic care from AAO members.”

Dr. Durbin is a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with honors. He completed his dental education and orthodontic residency at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with honors in 1988, and a Master’s of Science in Orthodontics and Certificate in Orthodontics in 1990.  He opened his orthodontic practice in 1990, and has been a partner in Associated Dental Specialists of Long Grove since 1998.

Dr. Durbin is a member of the AAO, the MSO and the Illinois Society of Orthodontists (ISO) as well as the American Dental Association (ADA), the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), and the Chicago Dental Society (CDS).  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Dentistry International.

Dr. Durbin has a long history of service in organized orthodontics and dentistry at the local, state, regional and national levels.  For the AAO, Dr. Durbin has served in the House of Delegates, on the Council on Orthodontic Healthcare, including two years as chair, and on task forces and committees. He is the president of the AAO’s Donated Orthodontic Services Program, which provides orthodontic treatment to low income children across the country who lack insurance coverage or who do not qualify for other assistance in their states of residence.  He was general chair of the MSO’s 2016 Annual Session, and is a past president of the ISO. 

Also active with the ADA, Dr. Durbin’s volunteer positions have included the ADA Council on Membership, including a year as chair, and the ADA House of Delegates.  

Dr. Durbin has served on the Board of Trustees for the ISDS, and on the Board of Directors of the CDS.

His volunteer spirit carries into his community, as well, where Dr. Durbin is active in the Des Plaines Lions Club, and St. Alphonsus Parish. He is a former Cub Scout Cubmaster and assistant coach for Prospect Heights Youth Baseball.

Dr. Durbin is the recipient of the ADA's 2015 President's Award and the ISDS’ 2014 President’s Award in recognition of his special contributions to dentistry and the dental profession.  He is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society, and the Odontographic Society of Chicago, the largest honorary dental society in the country.

Dr. Durbin has been married to his dental school classmate, Dr. Renee Pappas, a general dentist, since 1988. They reside in Prospect Heights, Ill. and are parents of two adult children. Dr. Durbin enjoys a variety of sports in his spare time, including snowmobiling, wave running, boating and spending time with his family.



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