Vineet Dhar, BDS, MDS, PhD
Dr. Dhar is an associate professor and division chief of Pediatric Dentistry. He also serves as the 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 in 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.” He 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 the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.
He currently serves American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as Member, Editorial Board of Pediatric Dentistry; Member NE District, Council on Scientific Affairs, Council on Post-doctoral Education; and as State President, Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He serves American Board of Pediatric Dentistry as a consultant/examiner on the Oral Clinical Exam and Qualifying Exam subcommittees. Dr. Dhar is the recipient of 2017 AAPD's Jerome B. Miller/Crest-Oral-B/For The Kids Award and a co-author on the paper on Sealants that won AAPD 2017 Paul P. Taylor Award. He was the co-recipient of the 2016 Paul P. Taylor award for his systematic review evaluating effectiveness of current therapies for ECC. He is also recipient of 2017 ADEA Leadership Phase V Leadership Development Tuition Scholarship award for ADEA/AAL Chairs and Academic Administrators Management program and AAPD-HSHC Master Clinician Scholarship to attend the 2016 ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning program. Dr. Dhar has completed his fellowship from ADEA Leadership Institute in 2016. He served ADA as member, Expert Panel for ADA center for Evidence-Based Dentistry update of the Evidence-Based Clinical Recommendations for Use of Pit and Fissure Sealants. Dr. Dhar has been involved in multiple research projects and has also directed thesis work for masters’ students as advisor or co-advisor. He has produced several publications and presentations, primarily in the areas of preventive dentistry, fissure sealants, evidence-based dentistry, dental trauma, pulp therapies and soft tissue lasers.