This series introduces the seven district presidents who were installed on July 23, 2017.
Dr. Kumar Patel
At Home: I am married to my wife, Aditi, and have two daughters, Sia, age 13, and Maya, who is 10.
Volunteer and Leisure Activities: In my spare time, I like to watch movies and travel. I have also volunteered at the Ben Massell clinic for the last fourteen years and I’m about to start teaching at the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Education/Work: I earned my undergraduate degree from King's College, London, and attended dental school at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. I also completed specialty training in prosthodontics at the University of Alabama, where I received a Master of Science degree. I also trained with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. I’ve been practicing since 2004, and now have three office locations in Marietta, Newnan and Buckhead. The Buckhead location has one associate, Dr. Bhat, and altogether I have six staff members. My practice is limited to prosthodontics, and I focus on reconstruction and implant reconstruction. I teach a little in study clubs and I give lectures to residents at the University of Alabama, and have lectured at King’s College in London in June.
Organized Dentistry: I’ve always been involved in organized dentistry, as president in dental school in London and an executive in student associations both there and in the US. However, once I came into practice, my involvement was initially out of curiosity, and then through the gracious gesture of Dr. Stan Halpern, who invited me to a Northwestern District meeting. At the beginning, I wanted to learn what was happening in dentistry in Georgia, to understand trends and to find answers. Now, I want to make a difference in the life of the everyday dentist. Because our structures of delivery of care are changing dramatically, we are under constant scrutiny and pressure from outside interest groups. I believe dentists must lead the effort to improve our system of oral healthcare; staying ahead of the curve and developing strategies will help us evolve and survive.
On the Northwestern District: Our district is one of the most heavily involved districts. We really have people who are committed and have spent 30 to 35 years of their career dedicated to organized dentistry. We also have a good mentoring system, and bring young dentists into the system. In fact, our Executive Committee is a combination of people who represent all ages and genders. As a team, we work well together and effectively, with well attended and organized events and good education programs. Most notably, I think we have an outstanding quality of members in our district. We count academics, national speakers, and some very competent national opinion leaders in our membership, and our patients have access to fine quality of care. We also have very few peer review complaints, which says something about how well people practice in this area.
The Year Ahead: I’m very fortunate that the presidents of our district over the last five years put a great system in place for me. In the next year, I’d like to work on improving and increasing attendance at events. I want to improve our communication with membership. And, I want to encourage a lot more young people to be involved. Because Dr. Bradberry and Dr. Drew worked very hard to create a strong infrastructure in the Northwestern District, we can now focus on these goals.