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Massachusetts Dental Society Board of Trustees Welcomes New President

Dr. Janis Moriarty Sworn in as President of the MDS

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass.June 10, 2019—The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS), a 5,000-member professional association and statewide constituent of the American Dental Association, is proud to announce that Janis B. Moriarty, DMD, has been sworn in as president of the MDS Board of Trustees. Dr. Moriarty assumed the role during the Annual Session of the MDS House of Delegates, the Society’s supreme authoritative body, held June 7 in Newton. 

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Moriarty as president of the Massachusetts Dental Society’s Board of Trustees,” said MDS Executive Director Robert Boose, EdD, CAE. “She has been a valued member of our board as president-elect and throughout her previous tenure as a trustee. We are honored to have her lead the Society to advance the profession of dentistry and champion oral health in the Commonwealth over the next year.” 

Dr. Moriarty most recently served on the MDS Board of Trustees as president-elect. She succeeds Howard Zolot, DMD, who will continue to serve on the MDS Board as immediate past president. She will be one of 13 women serving as presidents in their state dental association this year—the most in the American Dental Association’s 160-year history.

According to the ADA Health Policy Institute, 49% of U.S. dental school graduates in 2017 were women. Forty years ago, only 7% of graduates were women.

“We must continue to cultivate, encourage, and support women in leadership roles as the number of women dentists continues to increase, as well as support the different beliefs and perspectives of our diverse membership,” said Dr. Moriarty.

Dr. Moriarty is a general dentist who practices in Winchester, Massachusetts. As a staunch proponent of organized dentistry, she is a proud member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the secretary/treasurer of the ADA’s First Trustee District, and a graduate of the 2017-18 ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership. She is involved in the leadership of New England’s largest dental meeting, the Yankee Dental Congress, having served as general chair for the 36th Annual Yankee Dental Congress in 2011. Dr. Moriarty has been elected for fellowship in the American Academy of Dental Science, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Moriarty earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in 1989 and received her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1994. After completing a general practice residency at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Dr. Moriarty joined her current practice in 1995 at its previous location in Medford. She is a past president of the Tufts Dental Alumni Association and a past assistant clinical professor in the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Department of General Dentistry.

The MDS Board of Trustees is composed of officers and one trustee from each of the 14 Massachusetts district dental societies. In addition to Dr. Moriarty, the MDS officers sworn in for the 2019-2020 term include:

  • President-Elect: MaryJane Hanlon, DMD, associate dean of clinical affairs at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston
  • Vice President: Meredith Bailey, DMD, a general dentist practicing in Boston
  • Speaker of the House: Raymond Martin, DDS, a general dentist practicing in Mansfield
  • Secretary: Richard Marchand, DMD, a general dentist practicing in Yarmouth Port
  • Treasurer: Thomas Trowbridge, DDS, MD, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon practicing in Lowell and Chelmsford
  • Assistant Treasurer: Philip Howells, DDS, a general dentist practicing in Northborough
  • Editor: David Becker, DMD, MPH, a general dentist practicing in Revere and Boston
  • Immediate Past President: Howard Zolot, DMD, a periodontist practicing in North Andover

About the Massachusetts Dental Society

The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS), a professional association representing 5,000+ member dentists and a statewide constituent of the American Dental Association, is dedicated to the professional development of its member dentists through initiatives in education, advocacy, the promotion of the highest professional standards, and championing oral health in the Commonwealth. For more information, visit, and follow the MDS on Twitter @MassDental.