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Permanent link  Pay your 2015 dues online before Nov. 3 to register for the Midwinter Meeting hassle free


CDS Regular Members: Want to be able to register for the CDS Midwinter Meeting, starting Monday, Nov. 3? 

You must have your dues paid prior to registering, and you can do that NOW! Click here.


Permanent link  CDS member Ted Borris joins CDS staff


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Longtime CDS member Theodore Borris has joined the CDS staff.

Dr. Borris will serve as Director of Scientific Programs beginning Jan. 5. Current Director of Scientific Programs Aloysius Kleszynski previously announced plans to retire Jan. 1. 

Dr. Borris holds degrees from Loyola University of Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University at the University of Illinois. He also served in the U.S. Air Force, teaching and working as a general dental officer at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas.

Locally, Dr. Borris maintained a private dental practice in Mt. Prospect. He served on the CDS Board of Directors, representing the Northwest Suburban Branch, and held leadership positions with the Illinois State Dental Society and the American Dental Association. 

We look forward to seeing more of him around the CDS HQ as he prepares to assume this new role.


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Permanent link  CDS to host two webinars on recruitment and retention of members in the fall


The Chicago Dental Society is celebrating its sesquicentennial thanks to the efforts of members like you who took the time and made the effort to retain and recruit members over our first 150 years. 

To continue the tradition of dedicated volunteer retention and recruitment of members, CDS is presenting two webinars. The first webinar is scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 29 on retention of members; the second webinar on recruitment will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 12.  

Both webinars will be presented by Steve Fretzin. Driven, focused and passionate about helping business professionals reach their full potential, Mr. Fretzin is a Chicago-area business coach, speaker and author. He recently authored a new book entitled Sales-Free Selling: The Death of Sales and the Rise of a New Methodology. His expertise in business development has been documented in articles in the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business and

The two webinars aim to aid member volunteers in their mission to help grow membership in CDS. 



Permanent link  Keep your staff safe from ebola


The recent appearance of ebola in the United States has everyone talking. After all, the spread of ebola has reached epidemic status in several West Africans countries and I being called the largest ebola outbreak in history.

Though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the risk of an outbreak in the U.S. is very low, the CDC and its partners are taking precautions to prevent this from happening.

Toward that end, the Gurnee-based American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) has assembled a list a facts about the illness –  as well as a facility preparedness checklist for healthcare providers. 

According to the CDC, a person infected with Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear. Signs and symptoms typically include a fever of more than 101.5, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising. Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure to Ebola with the average being eight to 10 days.

Other facts about ebola: 

  • Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and non-human primates such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees.
  • Humans cannot get Ebola through the air, water or food.
  • Ebola can be obtained by touching the blood or bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola.
  • Ebola can be obtained by touching contaminated objects, such as needles.
  • Ebola can be obtained by touching infected animals, their blood or other bodily fluids, or their meat.
  • Those infected with the Ebola virus should be isolated, provided intravenous fluids and balancing electrolytes and maintain oxygen status and blood pressure.

 To keep your staff and patients safe, consider the following precautions:

  • Monitor the situation online. Trust the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Assess and ensure availability of appropriate personal protective equipment and other infection control supplies, such as hand hygiene supplies.
  • Review facility infection control policies.
  • Recognize a case of Ebola and be prepared to use appropriate infection control measures.
  • Review environmental cleaning procedures.
  • Begin education and refresher training for health care providers on Ebola virus disease signs and symptoms, diagnosis, triage procedures, employee sick leave policies, how and to whom Ebola cases should be reported and procedures to take following unprotected exposures.
  • Avoid contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected patient.
  • Ensure laboratories review procedures for appropriate specimen collection, transport and testing of specimens from patients who may be infected with Ebola virus.

 AAAASF was established in 1980 to develop an accreditation program to standardize and improve the quality of medical and surgical care in outpatient facilities while assuring the public that patient safety is top priority in an accredited facility.

Today, more than 2,100 outpatient facilities are accredited by AAAASF, one of the largest not-for-profit accrediting organizations in the United States



Permanent link  CDS members join ISDS Board


Two CDS members were installed as officers of the Illinois State Dental Society Saturday, Sept. 20, during the 150th Annual Session.

Edward Segal took office as president. His responsibilities include serving as an official representative of ISDS in its contacts with government, civic, business and professional organizations.

A graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo in 1990, he completed a certificate in Periodontics at the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1994. Dr. Segal has a periodontics and implant practice in Northbrook. 

CDS members recognize Dr. Segal from his service as program chair for the 2012 Midwinter Meeting, past president of the Northwest Suburban Branch, and several CDS committees.  He is also a past secretary of the Illinois Dental Society of Anesthesiology and serves on the American Academy of Peridontology’s Dentist Outreach Task Force. Dr. Segal previously served as president of the Illinois Society of Periodontists, ISDS Trustee, and on numerous ISDS committees. He has lectured internationally and taught for six years at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

Also taking office last week was CDS member Barbara Mousel. As treasurer of ISDS, her responsibilities will include overseeing fiscal activities such as record keeping, meeting with the Finance and Planning Committee, and reporting society audit results.

Dr. Mousel is a past director of CDS and has served as chair of the CDS Foundation. She has also served on several committees. She is active within the Illinois State Dental Society, which honored her with the President's Award in 2007, and is also the Illinois section chair for the American College of Dentists and an Illinois Board of Dentistry Member. The American Association of Women Dentists recognized her with the Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award and twice honored her with the President's Award. She practices in Chicago.

Other newly elected officers are: CDS associate members Bradley Barnes, President-elect (Normal); Terry Barnfield, Vice President (Salem); and Randall C. Markarian, Secretary (Swansea).  Newly installed Board of Trustees members include: CDS member James Benz, (Skokie); CDS member Philip Schefke, (Woodridge); Steven Seibert, (Champaign); and CDS associate member Stacey Van Scoyoc, (Bloomington).



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