The Gold Standard: MDA 2013 Guest of Honor Thomas McCarter

The Gold Standard: MDA 2013 Guest of Honor Thomas McCarter

The Editors:
 
Dr. Thomas McCarter’s 46-year career has exemplified a true commitment to promoting the highest standards in the dental profession. His leadership roles have spanned both state and  national pediatric dental organizations, the Saint Paul District Dental Society, the Minnesota Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, the  Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS), and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. 
 
Not only has Dr. McCarter’s career been long and accomplished, he has clearly made an impact on the practice of dentistry. Numerous honors over the years are a tribute to his academic  and clinical excellence. To name a few, he has received the U.S. Army Dental Corps Certificate of Achievement Award, the American Society of Dentistry for Children Award of Excellence,  the Minnesota Board of Dentistry Distinguished Service Award, the Saint Paul District Dental Society Outstanding Service Award, and Fellowship in the American College of Dentists. 
 
After graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1965, Dr. McCarter began a private pediatric dental practice that continued until his retirement in 2011. During  those years he also engaged in numerous professional activities in both the clinical and academic worlds that demonstrate his history of high achievement. He was a member of the faculty  of the School of Dentistry, was a member of the Minnesota Board of Dentistry for many years and served as its president, was on the steering committee of CRDTS for several years and  was a regional examiner, served as president of the University of Minnesota’s Century Club, was on the dental staff at St. Paul Children’s Hospital and served as Chief of Staff, was  president of the Minnesota Association of Pedodontists, and was president of Minnesota’s American Society of Dentistry for Children. In addition, he was an active member of the Saint  Paul District Dental Society and its Speakers Bureau for many years and served as a delegate to the MDA and an alternate delegate to the ADA House of Delegates.   
 
The MDA is proud to honor Dr. Thomas McCarter as its 2013 Guest of Honor.