Dr. Neil Gajjar: President of the Academy of General Dentistry
Dr. Neil Gajjar, Canadian dentist, is the second Canadian dentist to become President of Academy of General Dentistry.He spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the academy and the goals he wants to achieve during his presidency as well as some of the issues currently facing the profession of dentistry.
Dr. Gajjar is a general dentist from Mississauga, Ontario. His involvement in organized dentistry spans over two decades and his awards and honors include fellowships in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Academy of Dentistry International, to name a few.
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Dr. Gajjar’s Bio
Dr. Neil J. Gajjar was born in Newfoundland and graduated with honours from the Stephenville Integrated High School. He was awarded the University of Toronto National Book Award, the Principal’s Shield, the Governor General’s Medal, and the Lion’s Club Scholarship, along with being named Valedictorian, Student of the Year and a Canadian Scholar.
Dr. Gajjar went on to complete his degree in chemistry at the University of Toronto, where he made the Dean’s list and was named a Faculty Scholar. His Doctor of Dental Surgery degree was completed in Washington D.C., where he was awarded the Teachers of Oral Diagnosis Award.
Dr. Gajjar has successfully completed the American Dental Association National Boards Part I and Part II, and the National Dental Examining Board of Canada Exams. He is currently licensed with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.
Dr. Gajjar, who is very active in continuing education, is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the Canadian Dental Association. In addition to attending courses, Dr. Gajjar lectures on managing medical emergencies in the dental office, has been a lecturer of oral pathology and clinical instructor at the Canadian Academy of Dental Hygiene, and served as a clinical instructor in the Oral Diagnosis and Emergency clinics at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry.
Dr. Gajjar has served on the marketing committee of the Ontario Dental Association, the executive committee of the Canadian Dental Protective Association, the Membership, Dental Education, Group Benefits and Annual Meeting Councils of the Academy of General Dentistry, is the Past-President for the Ontario Academy of General Dentistry, is Past-President of the South Asian Dental Association, and has served as the Canada East Regent for the Academy of Dentistry International. He has been elected as Councilor and served on various committees at the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, has acted as a grader for the Canadian Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), and a clinical examiner for the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB). He currently serves on the PLP committee of the RCDSO and as President for the Academy of General Dentistry in Chicago.
Dr. Gajjar is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. He is certified in IV sedation and serves as the official dentist for the Miss India Canada Pageant, Suhaag Publication Group and Fashion Flair.
Dr. Gajjar practices in Mississauga, Ontario and lives there with his wife Sona and children Kaden(7) and Kiana (5).