International Association of Oral Pathologists (IAOP) is the Association of Oral Pathologists who are working all over the world. Prof WM Tilakaratne, world famous, renowned scholar, researcher and skillful Oral Pathologist from Sri Lanka has been elected as the new president of this prestigious Association for the next two years. He is the chair Professor of Oral Pathology and the current Dean of the Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya. He is not only the first Sri Lankan but also the first South Asian to be elected to the post of President of this Association full of world renowned and respected scientists, clinicians and researchers from around the globe.

In recognition of the excellent services rendered to the field of Oral Pathology by Prof Tilakaratne, members of the IAOP unanimously elected him to this post. Induction of Prof WM Tilakaratne as the new president of IAOP was held at the 18th International Conference on Oral Medicine and Pathology held between September 8 and 11 at the Grand Chola Hotel, Chennai, India. Induction was performed by the outgoing president Professor Michael Aldred from Australia. There were more than 1000 scientists, clinicians, researchers and postgraduate students from all over the world gathered at the induction ceremony to felicitate him in his new position.