Dr. Priyanshi Ritwik received her degree in dental surgery from India. She worked for two years in the Kuwait Ministry of Health providing dental care for elementary school children and found her passion for being an oral health professional for children. This led Dr. Ritwik to pursue a residency in pediatric dentistry at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and a masters of science in oral biology. Dr Ritwik then became a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). A strong sense of advocacy for high standards in pediatric oral health led her to become a consultant for the ABPD and a member of its Examination Committee. She served as the Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry director and as director of the Special Children’s Dental Clinic, Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr Ritwik is a consultant to the Commission on Dental Accreditation, highlighting her commitment to excellence in oral health education. She has published in numerous national and international journals and textbooks, including evidence-based guidelines for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Currently, Dr. Ritwik is professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry. She regularly provides lectures and continuing education courses on pediatric oral health topics for various national and international groups. Dr. Ritwik balances her academic career in pediatric dentistry by teaching doctoral and post-doctoral students, maintaining clinical practice, conducting research, and promoting interprofessional collaborative practice for advancing pediatric oral health. Her research interests include pulp therapy, pediatric oral pathology, care of children with special healthcare needs, pediatric oncology, pharmacologic behavior guidance, and dental traumatology.