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Dr. Dhar is an associate professor and graduate program director in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry. A board-certified pediatric dentist, he has a unique background that includes high achievement in professional education, successful private practice of dentistry, administration and teaching in dental school environment, leadership, service and scholarship. 

Dr. Dhar completed his undergraduate dental training from Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College, Pune, India in 1995. This was followed by several advanced degrees, including a master of science n pediatric and preventive dentistry from Manipal College of Dental Surgery in 1999, with a thesis entitled, “Comparative evaluation of pit and fissure sealants using invasive and non-invasive technique-an in vitro study.” Dr. Dhar also completed a post graduate diploma in hospital and health care management. In 2009 he received a PhD from MLS University, India, with a thesis entitled “Cariology and its Prevention in Pediatric Dentistry.” In 2013, he was awarded the certificate in pediatric dentistry from University of Maryland School of Dentistry. 

He currently serves as president-elect of the Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, an editorial board member of the journal Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He also serves as a member Northeast District, Council on Post-doctoral Education (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) and as a member of the expert panel of the American Dental Association Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry Update of the Evidence-Based Clinical Recommendations for the Use of Pit and Fissure Sealants. He has produced several publications and presentations, primarily in the areas of preventive dentistry, fissure sealants, dental trauma, pulp therapies and soft tissue lasers.