International College of Dentists

Salisbury dentist, Joseph M. Heher, DDS, FIDC, was inducted into the preeminent and renowned International College of Dentists, the oldest dental honor society in the world, in recognition of his meritorious service and contributions to the art and science of the dental profession.

Membership into the College, which has chapters in more than 120 countries, is offered to outstanding dental professionals who can demonstrate they’ve made significant contributions to the profession, their community and have been thoroughly vetted through a rigorous peer review process.  Only 3-4% of dentists world-wide are invited to become members.

In dentistry, a Fellowship in the International College of Dentists is the highest honor a dental professional can achieve.  At the 86th Convocation of the International College of Dentists held in Washington, DC, 310 dentists from around the country were inducted.  Dr. Heher was the only dentist inducted from the Delmarva Peninsula.

“I’m honored to have been nominated, much less accepted, into such a prestigious professional organization,” said Heher. ““Dentistry isn’t just my profession, it’s also my passion. And I’m grateful for that to be recognized by my peers.”

Heher, a graduate of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery of the University of Maryland, has focused his career on providing cutting-edge, cosmetic and microscopic dentistry in a warm, welcoming atmosphere that is designed specifically for the care of apprehensive patients.

He is a member of the Dean’s Faculty at the University of Maryland Dental School, where he teaches clinical skills to future dentists.  Dr. Heher is the previous president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Preventative Dentistry and the Eastern Shore Dental Society. He is the long-time president of the Salisbury Dental Study Club.

When he’s not seeing patients or teaching dentistry, Heher is an active member of the Rotary Club of Wicomico County, and was named Rotarian of the Year in 2010. He’s also chairs the Rotary club’s scholarship committee, which has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to Eastern Shore high school students during his tenure as chairman.

Heher continues to accept new patients. Additional information is available online at or by calling 410.749.0320.