Dr. Vikas Puri is a board-certified periodontist and is originally from India, where he completed his dental degree from Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Dental Sciences and Hospital in Dharwad, Karnataka. After finishing his dental degree, he joined the school as a house surgeon in the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery. After Dr. Puri completed an extensive externship in oral surgery, he started practicing general dentistry in India.
Dr. Puri later entered the graduate periodontics residency program at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, where he received a United States accredited Master of Science in dentistry, a certificate of periodontics and implantology and a minor in oral pathology and oral medicine.
Dr. Puri’s research was related to the role of salivary toll-like receptors 2 and 4 modulation in the innate immune response to chronic periodontitis; his research was published in the Journal of Periodontal Research. He also performed a case series to examine the efficacy of stem cell incorporation in allograft.
In 2013, he was elevated to diplomate status by the American Board of Periodontology. Board certification is reserved for an elite group of periodontists who have made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty. Dr. Puri practiced in a very contemporary and progressive periodontal practice in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Puri lectures on various topics such as contemporary soft tissue grafting, periodontal regeneration, full mouth rehabilitation with dental implants, laser dentistry and periodontally accelerated osteogenic orthodontics in local dental societies and hygiene study clubs.
Dr. Puri is actively involved in a number of professional organizations, including the American Dental Association®, American Board of Periodontology, American Academy of Periodontology, Ohio State Dental Society and Midwest Society of Periodontology. Dr. Puri also leads Great Blue Heron seminars through the Seattle Study Club, which provides progressive and comprehensive continuing education for dental professionals in the Tri-Cities.
Outside of caring for patients, Dr. Puri enjoys traveling, playing tennis and cricket, and watching football.