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ST. LOUIS, June 6, 2017 – Nahid Maleki, DDS, MS, an orthodontist practicing in Washington, D.C., has been elected the 2017-18 president of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization with more than 19,000 members. The announcement was recently made at the AAO’s 117th Annual Session in San Diego.

Maleki“It is a privilege and honor to serve as president of the American Association of Orthodontists,” said Dr. Maleki. “Our commitment to create the best possible outcomes for patients is built on the foundation of service to our members. We provide members and their professional staff with world-class educational opportunities. Because legislation can affect delivery of care, the AAO has robust federal and state advocacy programs. Excellent care for patients coupled with the ability to deliver that care pave the way to professional success for our members. The AAO is committed to helping all members attain professional success, particularly our new and younger members. Our increasingly diverse membership better mirrors the diversity that is present among today’s patients. During my presidency, I pledge to further diversity among general AAO membership and our volunteer leaders. In addition, I look forward to working in concert with our colleagues throughout dentistry and healthcare to improve the public’s health.”

A graduate of the Georgetown University School of Dentistry’s orthodontic program where she earned a Certificate and an M.S. degree in Orthodontics, Dr. Maleki became a member of the Georgetown orthodontic faculty immediately upon graduation.  A tenured associate professor, she was also the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Orthodontics, at Georgetown and Research Advisor to Postgraduate Orthodontic Residents.  Dr. Maleki was a member of the Georgetown faculty for 14 years.  She established her private practice limited to orthodontics in Washington, D.C. in 1982.

Dr. Maleki served as the AAO’s president-elect for 2016-17. She has long been active in organized orthodontics at local, regional and national levels.  Her volunteer service began in 1978 with the District of Columbia Society of Orthodontists; she is a past president of the organization.  For the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists (MASO), Dr. Maleki held several leadership positions, including its presidency, and served as a MASO delegate to the AAO House of Delegates for 12 years.  She was MASO’s representative on the AAO Council on Governmental (COGA) affairs for eight years, serving the last year as the COGA chair.  She served as MASO’s representative on the AAO Political Action Committee Board of Directors.

MASO elected Dr. Maleki to be its representative on the AAO Board of Trustees (BOT) in 2008.  MASO is constituent organization of the AAO, serving members who practice in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania (east of the Alleghenies), Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Since joining the AAO BOT, Dr. Maleki has served on numerous BOT committees and task forces, and as the BOT liaison to numerous AAO councils.  She recently completed a term as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation.

In addition to membership in the AAO, MASO and District of Columbia Society of Orthodontists, Dr. Maleki maintains membership in other professional organizations including the World Federation of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, and the District of Columbia Dental Society. 

MASO presented Dr. Maleki with the Gerard A. Devlin Memorial Award for Distinguished Service in 2006.  She is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, an honorary dental society, and has been listed in Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in American Education.  Her scholarly articles have been published in a number of professional, refereed scientific journals.

Dr. Maleki is a resident of Potomac, MD.

About the American Association of Orthodontists
Members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) help children, teenagers and adults achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.

Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws. Orthodontists receive an additional two-to-three academic years of specialized education beyond dental school at an accredited orthodontic residency program. Only orthodontists qualify for AAO membership.

Founded in 1900, the AAO is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization. It represents more than 19,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. The AAO encourages and sponsors key research to enable its members to provide the highest quality of care to patients, and is committed to educating the public about the need for, and benefits of, orthodontic treatment.

For more information, and to find nearby AAO-member orthodontists, visit The AAO’s website for members is

Media Contact:

Pam Paladin
American Association of Orthodontists
(314) 993-1700, ext. 524