A Message from the President
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Dear Colleagues,

It is my great honor and privilege to be serving as your President for this 2018-2019 year.  Who would have imagined that a girl who was born in Nagasaki, Japan and came to this country as a high school exchange student would become the President of the College of Diplomates (COD) of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry?  This profession has made it possible for me to attain the American dream of living in Paradise, on the beautiful Island of Hawaii where I serve the children in need at a Community Health Center in Kona.

Though the COD has been in existence for the past 53 years, there is still confusion about us and the ABPD among many Pediatric Dentists.  This past year, under the leadership of Past President Dr. Anthea Mazzawi, we created a short video explaining the difference between COD- the continuing education and fellowship organization and ABPD- the credentialing organization.   We hope you will share this video with as many of your colleagues as possible to help clear up the confusion.


The COD has been evolving with the times and is now offering a number of exciting new member benefits.  Among the most popular is our series of webinars on hot topics in Pediatric Dentistry.  Four webinars each year are offered at no cost to members and are available for CE credit with 300 to 500 members participating each time.  This year, our first Webinar is on Acute Pain Management During an Opioid Abuse Epidemic by Dr. Paul Moore on Tuesday, September 25th to collaborate with the AAPD focus on “safety”. 

We also offer two study clubs a year, limited to 60 to 75 attendees in desirable locations with plenty of opportunity for fellowship.  Our Fall Study Club this year is in Sonoma, California from October 25th – 27th. Dr. Barbara Sheller will present, Reconsidering Behavior Management in Pediatric Dentistry.  We have also arranged an optional wine tasting tour and dinner group social activity for increased networking opportunities.  Next year, our Spring Study Club will be held in New York City from April 4-6, 2019.  The topic is Practice Leadership and Developing Your Office Culture which has been requested by members as a subject of interest.  Dr. Susan Salgado will present this weekend course filled with social hours and exceptional educational experiences. 

Our annual symposium for 2019 is in Chicago, IL.  The topic is Forensic Dentistry focusing on Child Abuse by Dr. Thomas David on Saturday, May 25th.  We strive to offer in depth CE experiences tailored to board certified Pediatric Dentists to meet our mission of “supporting board certified pediatric dentists’ lifelong commitment to excellence and optimal oral health care for children”.  I look forward to seeing many of you at any or all our CE and fellowship opportunities.

You have a group of committed board of directors who are working hard to improve our member experience. If you are interested in joining our board, have speakers you recommend, or have any feedback or ideas about the College, please feel free to contact us.  Your board of directors and their contact information are listed on our website.  We look forward to hearing from you to serve you better. 


Kyoko Awamura, DDS, MPH, MSD

2018-2019 President


West Hawaii Community Health Center
Kealakehe Dental
74-5214 Keanalehu Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

(808) 323-8006