CHICAGO, Dec. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Frank J. Tuminelli, DMD, FACP, has been installed as the 2014-15 president of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). Dr. Tuminelli was sworn in during the 44th Annual Session of the ACP held in New Orleans Nov. 5-8, 2014.
Dr. Tuminelli is a highly respected and well-loved prosthodontic professional, who has served as a member of the ACP Board of Directors for 10 years and holds the distinction of ACP Fellow. A member of the ACP Spokespersons Network, Dr. Tuminelli has been quoted in three publications this year and has appeared in two ACP videos for the College.
Dr. Tuminelli is past president of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics (GNYAP) and is the graduate program director for New York Hospital Queens, which is a member of the Presbyterian Health System. With his extensive leadership experience in prosthodontic organizations, his work as a member of the CODA Revisions Task Force, and his perspective as an educator and private practice prosthodontist whose clients have included the New York Islanders, Dr. Tuminelli represents the needs of academics as well as private practitioners at a time when informed patients see a specialist – a prosthodontist – as having advanced training in digital dentistry and new technology that saves patients time and cuts surgery time in half.
"During my presidency, one of my goals will be to ensure prosthodontics continues to attract the best and brightest talent for research, clinical practice, academia and, subsequently, leadership to the specialty," Dr. Tuminelli said. "Today, I have patients who ask to see their 'new tooth' being made, hold the block of ceramic, watch it being milled, and then, as a prosthodontist, I place it in their mouth – all in one appointment."
Prosthodontists are specialized dentists with advanced training in oral health issues who are committed to improving patient outcomes. From implants, crowns, veneers and tooth whitening to full-mouth reconstruction, prosthodontists specialize in digital dentistry and CAD/CAM solutions.
The ACP is the only prosthodontic specialty organization whose membership is based solely on education credentials. ACP members must be in or have completed an ADA-accredited advanced education program in prosthodontics.