CHICAGO — On Sunday, May 4, the American Student Dental Association learned of the passing of Immediate Past President Jiwon Lee. A beloved daughter, sister, friend and esteemed colleague, Lee was 29 years old. She was a fourth year dental student at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
Lee served as the 2013-14 president of ASDA. During her term, ASDA saw nearly 90 percent market share, the implementation of an advocacy alert system and collaboration with other groups within organized dentistry. Lee also served as an appointed member of the American Dental Association’s Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations as well as a member of ASDA’s delegation to the ADA’s 2013 House of Delegates.
Prior to serving as president of ASDA, Lee served as the 2012-13 speaker of the House of Delegates. Lee had been a middle school math teacher with AmeriCorps before enrolling in dental school and often referenced this experience with regards to her leadership style.
Lee will be missed by the leaders, members and staff she touched during her involvement with ASDA. Current President Kristopher Mendoza, University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry ’15, wrote in a statement: “ASDA is about the dental profession and creating policy, but more than anything, it is about people. It is about our community, our family known as ASDA that brings us closer than any words on a document can. Please keep Jiwon and her family in your thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.”
The American Student Dental Association is the largest national organization that protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of dental students and predentals. Representing more than 90 percent of all dental students, ASDA introduces members to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy. For more information, visit ASDAnet.org. Connect with ASDA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.