On August 30,1953, when Drs William Kinney, Daniel Lynch, Leonard Monheim, Jay Mervis, and Morgan Allison founded the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA), a movement in dentistry began to seek American Dental Association (ADA) recognition of a dental specialty in anesthesiology and its corresponding specialty certifying board. Dr Kinney stated in the ADSA's first Newsletter, “We hold the future of anesthesiology in dentistry in the palms of our hands” and “…we are pledged to build a strong, well respected society of dentist-anesthesiologists which can be the spokesman for anesthesiology in dentistry and which will set the high standards necessary for the specialty of anesthesiology to attain its rightful status.”

Little did he know that it would take another 66 years of hard work by a few progressive oral surgeon leaders in the ADSA during the latter half...

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