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It is my honor and privilege to be at your service as the president of the Balkan Stomatological Society following in the footsteps of many inspirational leaders of this Society.
Twenty years ago, a group of enthusiasts founded the Balkan Stomatological Society at the 1st Balkan Dental Congress in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1996. The main idea of establishing such an association in the Balkans was to bring general practitioners and specialists in different fields of dental medicine closer together and enable the exchange of personal experience, scientific data and information concerning contemporary preservation of oral health, diagnosing and dental treatment.
I have witnessed the Society evolve over the last decade to become a vibrant and ever growing association, embracing change yet keeping core values, above all, those of friendship and cooperation. These were the initial reasons that attracted me to the Society and subsequently to become more involved.
With the Society's ultimate aim of promoting high quality dental care, in recent years we have broadened the scope of BaSS activities, especially during the Congresses (lectures, hands-on training, exhibitions) and a modernized, on-line with open access, Balkan Journal of Dental Medicine. None of this could have taken place without the dedication and commitment of the Council and its members, whose exceptional work will surely be continued.
I’m very happy and proud to be a part of the BaSS, which lies on strong foundations built with sincere enthusiasm and efforts of my predecessors. The Society is now strong, sustainable and sure to achieve new horizons.
However, without the support of its membership, there cannot be true progress. We would therefore like to hear from you, and for this, all lines of communication are open. So, please visit our website as often as you can. We would also encourage you to volunteer to be part of any of the committees and working groups, and will continue to update you on all of our activities through our BJDM as well as the website.
The BaSS welcomes to its membership all who are engaged in the dental profession and are concerned with the latest achievements in dentistry. We are open to all suggestions on improvement, and of course welcome topics related to annual congresses.
With kindest regards, I wish you a lot of success in all your endeavors!