Dentist of the Month: Dr. James H. Doundoulakis

James H. Doundoulakis, DMD, MS
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Dr. Doundoulakis received his DDM degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and his master of science degree in educational leadership from the Penn Graduate School of Education. He completed a certificate program in combined prosthodontics at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the VA outpatient clinic in Boston. In addition, he completed a fellowship in maxillofacial prosthetics at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo. He is a fellow of six dental academies, including the Academy of Osseointegration, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics. He is currently the director of prosthodontics and implantology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He also is the author of The Perfect Smile: The Complete Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry, a consumer’s guide to cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. He was honored to have one of his extreme makeovers featured on ABC’s The View. Dr. Doundoulakis currently practices in Greenwich, Conn, specializing in aesthetic, implant, and prosthetic dentistry.

I was conducting research on bone growth at Columbia University Medical School, and an orthodontist at the laboratory got me excited about a career in dentistry. His calming demeanor and dedication to his work impressed me, and the rest is history. 

With almost 30 years of practice, I continue to be amazed and overwhelmed by technology and how it has changed my life, the way I practice, and how I treat patients. I utilize many of these new advances every day in my office. Intraoral video cameras and digital radiography have been a mainstay in my office for over 20 years, albeit systems have now become more predictable and superior. With the advent of scanning, CAD/CAM, and printing, what was unthinkable several years ago has now become routine: more options with better outcomes. All of my patients have benefited from these advances. This is an exciting time to be in dentistry! 

I would have to say the major factor that has made my practice successful has been my involvement in organized dentistry and the support of mentors in my clinical career. Through these associations, I had the pleasure and honor to be president of the Academy of Osseointegration and New York County Dental Society. Currently, I am the chairman-elect of the Greater New York Dental Meeting, the largest dental meeting in the United States. I look forward to greeting all the subscribers of Dentistry Today at this year’s meeting, which begins the day after Thanksgiving at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. 

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