Australian Asian Association of Dentists (AAAD) is a non-profitable professional dental society formed in 1994. This society aims to fulfill the needs of dentists from all Asian backgrounds or any dentist who has an interest in the Asian culture. Our membership consists of dentists from all ethnic backgrounds and you certainly do not have to be an Asian dentist to join our society!

Our society has 4 meetings per year. Three of which are academic meetings where 1-1.5hrs of CPD points could be earned per meeting. Our presenters in most cases are dental specialists presenting on a topic of current interest. These meetings are generally served with a 10 course Chinese banquet dinner where the dental presentation will be provided by high quality lecturers speaking on contemporary and engaging issues. The 4th meeting is a social (no dental presentation) Christmas function held at the end of the year. This is a terrific opportunity for networking or simply to be with your friends to wind down for Christmas.

Our logo was designed by Dr Anthony Au incorporating the abbreviation of the Association into the Chinese character for "tooth" and was adopted by the Committee.

You can download and read the AAAD Constitution here.

Current President  2017 - Present

Dr Paul Tsai - Specialist Periodontist
BDSc Hons(Qld), MSD, CAGS Perio(Boston Uni).
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology.

Dr Paul Tsai is a Sydney based Specialist Periodontist at The Gum Specialists in Burwood and Sydney NIB Dental Care Centre.  He completed his dental degree with Class I Honours from The University of Queensland in 2003.  Since then he had been in private practice in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Taiwan for 5 years before he moved to Boston for his specialist Periodontist residency at Boston University.

During his residency, he was awarded the Ruben Scholarship for academic and clinical excellence in periodontology.  While working in Dallas, Texas after his residency, he also successfully achieved Board Certification as a Diplomate from the highly regarded American Board of Periodontology.   Currently, he is a Surgical Mentor in the Postgraduate Diploma of Dental Implantology at the Charles Sturt University.

At The Gum Specialists in Burwood and Sydney NIB Dental Care Centre, his practice includes all facets of periodontics and implant dentistry with a special interest in soft and hard tissue grafting, including sinus lifts and block grafts for implants.

Professional Associations

• Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology.
• Member, Australian Society of Periodontology.
• Member, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists.
• Member, Australian Dental Association.
• Member, American Academy of Periodontology.

Website: http://www.thegumspecialists.com

Past presidents

Mehdi Rahimi 2014-2017 

After moving to Sydney, Mehdi worked in private practice and taught as an associate lecturer at the University of Sydney for several years before relocating to Melbourne where he received his Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry (Endo) degree from the University of Melbourne in 2008.

Currently, Mehdi is a full-time endodontist working from his private practices in Chatswood and Parramatta.

Mehdi is passionate and dedicated to Endodontic teaching at various continuing education levels both nationally and internationally. He is a guest lecturer at Melbourne University, Sydney University and Charles Sturt University. Mehdi is the vice president of the Australian Society of Endododontology, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons as well as being a long standing committee member of the Australasian Asian Association of Dentists. He is also a reviewer for the Australian Endodontic Journal, and has published several articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Website: www.gentleendodontics.com.au

Dr Ben Lee (2010-2014)BDS MDSc (Pros) MRACDS (Pros)Clinical Lecturer, University of SydneyDr Ben Lee completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from University of Otago, New Zealand in 2002. Having worked in private practice in Sydney for a number of years, he obtained his Master of Dental Science in Prosthodontics from University of Sydney. During this time, he was given the Young Prosthodontist Award by The International College of Prosthodontists. Currently, Ben is a full-time prosthodontist working in private practice in Chatswood with special focus on surgical and restorative implant prosthodontics. As a visiting Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney, he mentors final year students clinically in prosthodontics. Ben is most passionate about continuing education. He frequently provides lectures and seminars to dentists in particularly on the topic of dental implants. 

Website: www.drbenlee.com.au

Dr Po Ching Lu (2008-2010)
Dr Caroline Nguyen (2007-2008)BDS (Hons)Dr Caroline Nguyen in the principal dentist at Vivid Dental and has worked in private general practice for 9 years. Caroline graduated from the University of Sydney with first-class honours. She received the Brigadier Gordon Rowell Prize for Proficiency in Preventative Dentistry and the R.M Howe Prize in Anatomy. She held a part-time position between 2004 and 2008 as a clinical educator at the University of Sydney training dental students in restorative dentistry and endodontics. Caroline is an active member of the dental community including being an Executive Council Member of the Australia Dental Association (NSW). She has also served on numerous other committees including the Australian Prosthodontic Society, Australian Association of Asian Dentists and the Oral Heath Foundation.
Dr Dennis Teoh
Dr Michael Finkelstein
Dr Anthony Au (1994 – 1999)BDS, MDSc, FRACDS, FADI, FICD, MRACDClinical Associate Professor, University of SydneyDr Anthony Au was the inaugural President of the AAAD and served in that position from 1994 to 1999. Dr Au is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and teaches in the specialist training programme in prosthodontics. He is co-founder of Dental Specialists of Turramurra and DST Academy for continuing education. With a growing number of Asians from different backgrounds in dentistry, Dr Au and several other colleagues realised that there was a need to have an Association to represent them, while maintaining the strong solidarity that has characterised the profession. During his term, the Committee established the Constitution for the Association, and set the tone and character of the Association as a progressive, innovative and fun-loving group, contributing to the profession with its distinctive Asian flavour.