2011 MDA Guest of Honor William P. Hoffman

2011 MDA Guest of Honor William P. Hoffman

The Editors:

The Minnesota Dental Association’s 2011 Guest of Honor, Dr. William Hoffmann, is a practitioner who demonstrates his dedication to his profession, his patients, and his community on a daily basis, extending the “care” in “health care” in a way that makes him a model and an example to both his colleagues and those he serves.

Dr. Hoffmann received his dental degree from the University of Michigan and completed his Oral and Maxillofacial residency at the University of Minnesota in 1985.  He has been a member of the Minneapolis District Dental Society for 26 years, and served as its president in 2004-2005.

Dr. Hoffmann’s active involvement in the field of dentistry, including volunteer dentistry, which is a passion of his, makes him a role model in many areas. In particular, he has worked to increase the number of volunteers serving the Sharing and Caring Hands Dental Clinic and the Uptown Community Dental Clinic. He works tirelessly for the poor and homeless of our community, providing not only dental services, but assistance for their many other needs as well.

In the “larger community” in which he believes so strongly, Bill continues to be involved in the San Lucas Toliman International Medical/Dental Mission in San Lucas, Guatemala, making frequent trips to treat individuals in this very isolated area of the world. He recently returned from a trip to Haiti to assist in the continued re-building of this area after the earthquake disaster which left more than one million people homeless.

An active member of the Minnesota Dental Association, Dr. Hoffmann has been a member of numerous committees at the local level, including serving as a delegate to the MDA House of Delegates. He currently chairs the MDA Political Action Committee Board of Directors and is a member of the Association’s Legislative Committee.

During his President’s Address to the Minneapolis District Dental Society, he said, “Being a member of the dental profession is more than having some initials after your name and just showing up for work each day. Being a member of the dental profession means that you give some of your time and talents back to your dental society and to your community.”

Bill Hoffmann has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the field of dentistry over the years, and the Minnesota Dental Association is pleased to honor him as its 2011 Guest of Honor.