UIC College of Dentistry Alumnus Dr. Michael G. Durbin Elected to AAO Board
Dr. Michael G. Durbin, DDS, MS, an orthodontist with offices in Des Plaines and Long Grove, Illinois, has been elected by the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists (MSO) as its representative on the Board of Trustees of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). The announcement was made during the AAO’s recent 117th Annual Session in San Diego.
Dr. Durbin earned his DDS with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 1988, and a Certificate and MS in Orthodontics from the College in 1990.
The MSO is one of eight constituent organizations of the AAO and serves orthodontists practicing in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and the Canadian province of Manitoba.
“I am humbled by the confidence my colleagues in the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists have placed in me by electing me to represent them on the AAO Board of Trustees,” Dr. Durbin said. “Working together, we will surmount challenges to ensure that patients continue to receive the highest level of orthodontic care from AAO members.”
He opened his orthodontic practice in 1990, and has been a partner in Associated Dental Specialists of Long Grove since 1998.
Dr. Durbin is a member of the AAO, the MSO and the Illinois Society of Orthodontists (ISO) as well as the American Dental Association (ADA), the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), and the Chicago Dental Society (CDS). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Dentistry International.
Dr. Durbin has a long history of service in organized orthodontics and dentistry at the local, state, regional and national levels. For the AAO, Dr. Durbin has served in the House of Delegates, on the Council on Orthodontic Healthcare, including two years as chair, and on task forces and committees. He is the president of the AAO’s Donated
Orthodontic Services Program, which provides orthodontic treatment to low income children across the country who lack insurance coverage or who do not qualify for other assistance in their states of residence. He was general chair of the MSO’s 2016 Annual Session, and is a past president of the ISO.
Also active with the ADA, Dr. Durbin’s volunteer positions have included the ADA Council on Membership, including a year as chair, and the ADA House of Delegates.
Dr. Durbin has served on the Board of Trustees for the ISDS, and on the Board of Directors of the CDS.
His volunteer spirit carries into his community, as well, where Dr. Durbin is active in the Des Plaines Lions Club, and St. Alphonsus Parish. He is a former Cub Scout Cubmaster and assistant coach for Prospect Heights Youth Baseball.
Dr. Durbin is the recipient of the ADA's 2015 President's Award and the ISDS’ 2014 President’s Award in recognition of his special contributions to dentistry and the dental profession. He is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society, and the Odontographic Society of Chicago, the largest honorary dental society in the country.