Dr. Kathleen O'Loughlin Is Named As ADA's Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

Kathleen T. O'Loughlin, DMD, MPH, of Medford, Massachusetts, has been selected by the Board of Trustees of the American Dental Association to serve as the next ADA Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, beginning June 1, 2009.

Dr. O'Loughlin brings a wealth of experience in several related oral health fields: twenty years in private general dental practice and public health dentistry, ten years experience as a dental educator, and a decade of demonstrated expertise in senior management, strategic planning and operations for large business.
Before joining the ADA, Dr. O'Loughlin worked briefly for United Healthcare as its Chief Dental Officer. Prior to that work, she consulted with Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she led a curriculum development initiative in preparation for the expansion of the dental school facility. Dr. O'Loughlin's higher education experience includes serving as a course director for Tufts School of Dental Medicine and as an advisor to the President of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts, where she was responsible for developing a Masters in Public Health Program, overseeing the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene 2009 CODA Accreditation as well as planning the expansion of the Dental Hygiene Program to the Worcester Campus.

From 2002-2007, Dr. O'Loughlin served as President and CEO of Dental Services
of Massachusetts, Inc. (d/b/a Delta Dental of Massachusetts) where, through her leadership, the company doubled its reserves, grew membership by 400% and executed a dramatic five-year growth plan. Also during her leadership, Delta Dental of Massachusetts made charitable contributions of $53 million, which included endowed professorships at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston University School of Dental Medicine and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science. She also served as the President of the Oral Health Foundation of Massachusetts and holds the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor, in the Department of General Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
Her education credentials are quite impressive. Dr. O'Loughlin earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine, Summa Cum Laude, from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; a Master's degree in Public Health, Health Care Management from Harvard University School of Public Health; and a Bachelor's degree, Cum Laude, in Biology from Boston University.
For over 25 years, Dr. O'Loughlin has been an active member in the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society, where she held several volunteer leadership positions including in the Yankee Dental Congress, held annually in Boston.


Darrell said…
Marty, you are obviously impressed with Dr. Kathleen T. O’Loughlin. You must know more about our new ADA executive director than what is reflected in your May 5 article, “Dr. Kathleen O'Loughlin Is Named As ADA's Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.”

We’ve spoken freely with each other before on DrBicuspid several times. I have to be honest - your article actually looks like a re-written press release rather than something from your heart. Were you, by chance, asked to post it? Or did you consider that her bio was something your readers would appreciate and perhaps respond to?

If you know anything about Dr. Kathleen T. O’Loughlin beyond canned information, could you share it? I’d like to give her a break, but personally, I question her ethics simply because she held official positions in two of the sleaziest companies in the dental benefits industry - Delta Dental and UnitedHealth.

What do you think?

D. Kellus Pruitt DDS
It was a press release sent to me. Nothing more.

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