Journey to the ADA presidency

From Cuba to Kansas City to Miami, Dr. Cesar R. Sabates had his eye on dentistry

Fueled by hard work, persistence, and determination, Cesar R. Sabates, D.D.S., rose from being a child of Castro-era Cuba to becoming the soon-to-be president of the American Dental Association.  

His journey has not been without challenges. And when the 61-year-old Dr. Sabates is installed as the 158th president of the ADA during the Oct. 16 House of Delegates Meeting in Las Vegas, he will begin a leadership term heavily influenced by his personal and professional experiences. 

“I want everyone to feel loved and welcomed into the association. I want to extend the same sense of caring and compassion that I received from mentors at a time when I felt that I didn’t belong. They made me feel welcome and that my voice mattered. Their support has shaped how I want to lead. Their support was instrumental to how I got here,” Dr. Sabates said.