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Executive Director, American Association of Orthodontists

Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA, became Executive Director of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), based in St. Louis, in 2018.

The AAO educates the public about the benefits of orthodontic treatment by AAO orthodontists and supports AAO members in the practice of orthodontics. The AAO also supports orthodontic education programs and orthodontic research through its charitable arm, the AAO Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

Gordon has more than 30 years of healthcare and association leadership experience. Most recently, she was the CEO of the Chicago-based American Health Information Management Association. She also has served as the Associate Vice President of Operations and Director of Rush Children’s Hospital in Chicago; Administrator of Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, Georgia; and COO of Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.

Gordon is a past Board Chair of Association Forum, Chicago.