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Dr. Ploumis is an orthodontist, an attorney, and has been part of the orthodontic faculty at NYU College of Dentistry since 1989,
Introduction: Guest Editor's comments
The goal of Seminars in Orthodontics is to provide readers with current and timely information on a single topic of interest in orthodontics. This issue is no different, except that our single issue does not pertain to clinical practice. Instead, we will explore developments related to emerging trends in practice opportunities and management. Our contributing authors are all experts in the emerging orthodontic marketplace and offer their perspective on what has become the business of orthodontics. Special emphasis will be given to the “elephant in the room,” the entry of corporate dentistry on what was once the domain of the sole practitioner.
Like all of our readers, I am an orthodontist. I understand what it is like to run a practice and know the daily efforts involved in managing an office. I have hired many associates over the years, most of whom have gone on to successful practices of their own. Several have taken over practices I started and have become valued colleagues. I have been a professor in the orthodontic department at NYU for over thirty years and have had the privilege to engage with hundreds of residents, witnessing first-hand the changing opportunities of our graduates. I am also an attorney who deals exclusively with transactions and contracts pertaining to dentistry. Combining both of my professions on a daily basis has provided me with a front-row seat to the changing dynamics of dentistry. This issue of Seminars is meant to explore those changing paradigms. I hope you find it both illuminating and informative.