The Korean American Dental Association (KADA) is a professional association of dentists committed to the public’s oral health, ethics, science and professional advancement. KADA aims to lead a unified profession through initiatives in advocacy, education, research and the development of standards.
KADA currently has over 2,000 members in the United States and Canada.
In 1969, Dr. Jae In Oh realized that it was necessary for Korean dentists in America to have their own professional society. He met with Dr. Shin Myung Cho, Dr. Andrew C. Nam, Dr. Soo Nam Oh, Dr. Yoo Whan Kim, Dr. Yang Kuk Seonwoo, Dr. Kyu Hwan Cho, Dr. Young Ok Han, Dr. Kenneth K. Chang, Dr. Esther C. Lee, Dr. Kyung Soo Kim, Dr. Sung Bong Whang, and Dr. Jung Joo Kim from Los Angeles, and Dr. Kwang Ok Roh, Dr. Young Ho Kim, Dr. Sung Soo Han, Dr. Bora Chung, Dr. Nhak Hee Kim, and Dr. Jin Myung Lee from out of state to discuss this matter.
After several meetings, on August 21st, 1969 in Los Angeles, they decided to establish Korean Dental Association of U.S.A. The purpose of this Dental Association was to meet, build relationships with more Korean Dentists in America, and commit to their professional advancement by helping each other.
Since the members in Korean Dental Association were Seoul National University Dental College Alumni, they decided to unite with Seoul National University Dental College Alumni Association. At first, the Korean Dental Association had to deal with the main obstacle that Korean dentists faced: obtaining the license to practice in California. While the United States acknowledged Degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery obtained from Korea, dentists from foreign countries had to certify with a board examination to be able to practice in the U.S.
During that period of time, the California government banned foreigners from taking these tests required by the Federal government. In protest, immigrants from England, Germany, France, Italy, Korea, China, Japan, Philippine, and other countries got together and kept on rallying to allow foreigners to take examinations. Thanks to their efforts, the California government finally allowed foreigners to take the board examinations.
2010 21st KADA Installation Ceremony
Since Korean Dental Association was founded, many things have changed throughout the years: publication of newsletter and directory, free clinics service, biennial scientific conference, more dental college alumni associations from UCLA, USC, and Yonsei University, continuing education, annual party, regular meetings, and so on.
Korean Dental Association even changed its name to Korean American Dental Association.
As the years passed by, Korean Dental Association became more organized and more committed to the society for the public’s oral health. Korean Dental Association, which started with less than 30 dentists, now has about 800 members in Southern California, and 2000 members nationwide.
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OH, JAE IN
NAM, ANDREW CHUNG-WOO
CHANG, KENNETH K.
OH, SOO NAM
KIM, DAE YOUNG
OH, HENRY H.
MA, BOOE IL
WHANG, SUNG BONG
KIM, NHAK HEE
BAK, IL JIN
LEE, YOUNG SONG
CHO, HOWARD K.
KIM, JOHN K.
KWON, JOONG GUN
JO, PAUL SANGHA
HAN, JONG CHUL
YANG, HOWARD J.
KIM, HAK CHEON
PARK, ANTHONY T.
CHUNG, PETER Y.
KIM, DAVID H.
THE 1ST 1969 – 1971 OH, JAE IN 오재인
THE 2ND 1972 – 1973 NAM, ANDREW CHUNG-WOO남정우
THE 3RD 1974 – 1975 CHANG, KENNETH K. 장기열
THE 4TH 1976 – 1977 OH, SOO NAM 오수남
THE 5TH 1978 – 1979 KIM, DAE YOUNG 김대영
THE 6TH 1980 – 1981 OH, HENRY H. 오흥조
THE 7TH 1982 – 1983 MA, BOOE IL 마부일
THE 8TH 1984 – 1985 WHANG, SUNG BONG황성봉
THE 9TH 1986 – 1987 KIM, NHAK HEE 김낙희
THE 10TH 1988 – 1989 BAK, IL JIN 박일진
THE 11TH 1990 – 1991 LEE, YOUNG SONG 이영송
THE 12TH 1992 – 1993 CHO, HOWARD K. 조규석
THE 13TH 1994 – 1995 KIM, JOHN K. 김광근
THE 14TH 1996 – 1997 KWON, JOONG GUN 권중건
THE 15TH 1998 – 1999 JO, PAUL SANGHA 조상하
THE 16TH 2000 – 2001 HAN, JONG CHUL 한종철
THE 17TH 2000 – 2001 YANG, HOWARD J. 양효준
THE 18TH 2004 – 2005 KIM, HAK CHEON 김학천
THE 19TH 2006 – 2007 PARK, ANTHONY T. 박동훈
THE 20TH 2008 – 2009 CHUNG, PETER Y. 정양
THE 21ST 2010 – 2011 HONG, BRIAN 홍영진
THE 22ND 2012 – 2013 HA, SEONHO 하선호
THE 23RD 2014 – 2015 KIM, PILSEONG 김필성
THE 24TH 2016 – 2017 KIM, PILSEONG 김필성
THE 25TH 2018 HONG, BRIAN 홍영진
THE 26TH 2019 KIM, PILSEONG 김필성
THE 27TH 2020-2021 KIM, DAVID H.