As an esteemed advocate for oral health and the dental profession, Bob Brandjord has a legacy of leadership that will be unsurpassed. He has made significant contributions to organized dentistry at many different levels. As the ADA’s Tenth District Board of Trustees’ member, Bob’s unparalleled abilities as a mentor and leader became well known and appreciated by many throughout the nation. Bob has been an active member of the Minnesota Oral and Maxillofacial Association and the Minnesota Dental Association on both the state and national level.
In 1963, Bob attended Concordia College in Moorhead. He continued his education at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, where he graduated with a B.S. and D.D.S. degree in 1966. He received his Board of Certification in 1997 from the Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Outside of his profession, Bob is an avid tennis player, and credits the Vic Braden Tennis College “for helping him learn to laugh”. Today, Bob practices Oral and Maxillofacial dentistry in Burnsville. He and his wife, Pam, reside in Eden Prairie.
Bob is a past president of the Minnesota Dental Association and of the Minnesota Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. At the MDA, he was deeply involved in the Direct Reimbursement program, and served on the Board of Directors of Minnesota Dental Benefits, Inc. In his leadership positions, Bob has acted as a problem solver, educator, and conciliator.
Bob continued to serve dentistry by teaching at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry on both full and part-time bases. He traveled internationally to universities in Thailand, where he lectured and served as a clinician. Bob continued to contribute to dental education by writing a plethora of academic papers for various journals and publications. His outstanding work has earned him numerous awards in the dental community, with his most recent recognition being the 2007 Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
While serving on the MDA Executive Committee under Bob, it became apparent to me and many others that Bob had a unique ability to understand and dissect the many issues that confront our profession and the patients we serve. His abilities to navigate, articulate, and motivate our Executive Committee and Board of Trustees through some of the tumultuous times of legislative and third-party interference set the benchmark for those who have followed him.
Bob served as our Trustee from the ADA Tenth District, which includes Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota, from 2000 to 2004, during which time he continued to utilize these same qualities of leadership. This exposure to the national dental scene led to his election to the office of American Dental Association president-elect at the 2004 ADA House of Delegates in Orlando, Florida. As president of the ADA in 2005-2006, Bob’s legacy of leadership elevated the office to a new level for Drs. Roth, Feldman, Findley, and those who will follow.
Bob continues to this day promoting the profession of dentistry as “America’s leader for oral health advocacy” through his efforts in the inception, piloting, and lobbying Congress on behalf of dentistry’s newest team member, the Community Dental Health Coordinator.
For his dedication to the profession, to organized dentistry, and to the oral health of the public, and for his exceptional leadership skills, it is our privilege to recognize Dr. Robert Brandjord as the Minnesota Dental Association’s 2008 Guest of Honor. N
*Dr. Nei is a former president of the Minnesota Dental Association. He is a general dentist in private practice in Long Prairie, Minnesota.