Albany -- An Albany dentist becomes the first African American President of the Georgia Dental Association. Dr. Edward Green was awarded the prestigious honor last month.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Edward Green has created beautiful smiles. Now, the Albany dentist will lead more than 3,000 other doctors as the head of the Georgia Dental Association.
"To be the first African American dentist tells me that my colleagues think favorably of me and the profession in which I have served. To me, it's a honor," says Green.
Dr. Green says he will focus on encouraging dentist to give back to their profession and on addressing diversity issues in the GDA. His wife, Lorraine, says her husband worked hard for change over the years.
"He has been able to change opinions to be able to get in one on one conversations with his colleagues to discuss some of the problems with diversity in dentistry. Over the years, we have seen changes," says Lorraine Green.
"Diversity is important. Our state is a diverse state, and our nation is a diverse nation," says Green.
Green will continue practicing in Albany during his term in office as he blazes a trail for all who follow him.
Dr. Green was a chemical engineer for more than 10 years before he decided to pursue a career in dentistry.