The American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) elected Neil S. Norton, Ph.D., director of admissions, associate dean for student affairs and professor of oral biology in the Creighton University School of Dentistry, as president of the organization. He will transition into the role in July and will serve a six-year term which includes two years as president-elect, two years as president and two years as past president. Norton has been AACA treasurer for the past seven years.
The AACA is one of the largest professional anatomical organizations in the world. Its vision is to advance the science and art of clinical anatomy and promote the personnel and resources associated with its practice, to encourage research and publication in the discipline and to maintain high curricular and professional standards in the teaching of anatomy. Clinical Anatomy, the official journal of the AACA, is also the official journal of the British Association of Clinical Anatomists, the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists.
Norton, who joined the Creighton faculty in 1996, has received over 25 teaching awards including the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement and the GlaxoSmithKline Sensodyne Teaching Award, the highest national award given by the American Dental Education Association. His most significant scholarly work, Netter's Head and Neck Anatomy for Dentistry, has been translated into eight languages and is in its second edition.