University of Hawaii

MMS Faculty

Rohinton J. Patel, DMD

Dr. Rohinton Patel is currently an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Boston University, Goldman School of Dental Medicine.  He directs the APEX internship program at Hawaii Pacific Dental Group, his private dental practice in Honolulu.  He also serves as Vice President of Lifeline Hawaii, formerly the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped through the American Dental Association.  During his training at Boston University and Harvard University Vanguard Medical Center, he carried out oral cancer research with the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Boston University, studying in depth embryonic mice salivary gland tumor genesis and cancer while being awarded the NIH/ NIDCR grant for three consecutive years.

Dr. Patel continues to research advancements in modern dentistry, with a strong emphasis on minimally invasive Cone Beam CT guided dental implant surgery along with digital CAD/CAM dentistry.  Dr. Patel was the first CAD/CAM Digital Dentistry Instructor in Hawaii where he trained the first 40 dentists that obtained the state of the art dental technology that he feels so passionate about.  He was also amongst the first in the nation to perform this technique of dental implant surgery.  Dr. Patel is a strongly outspoken advocate for the need of fluoridation of the public water system in the state of Hawai‘i and continues to push local community leaders to address this public health problem our state faces.  He is an avid teacher and continues his volunteer works with the Developmentally Disabled population and elderly, in addition to serving the Healthy Smiles Program with the Special Olympics. 

Dr. Patel is happily married with four children, whom he adores.  He spends his spare time writing, researching, and just being a dad.  He feels that Dentistry is a piece of humanity that every citizen should have access to and emphasizes conservative preventative care to all of his patients.

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