Joel L. Dunsky, DDS

Hello, I’m Dr. Joel Dunsky.  I grew up in Detroit, Michigan where I attended college and dental school at the University of Detroit. After receiving my dental degree, I did an internship at Sinai Hospital of Detroit where I served on a Cleft Lip and Palate team.  I did my Endodontic training at Boston University School of Medicine.  Following my post-doctoral training, I served as a captain in the United States Army for 25 months posted to Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas and Fort Dix, New Jersey.  After military service, I relocated back to the Boston area with my wife Patricia and daughter, Cynthia.  We now have three children and nine grandchildren, ranging in age from 17 month old twins to a 21 year old college senior.  Following my separation from active duty, I began practice with Dr. Cyril Gaum and Dr. Alvin Krakow in a practice limited to Endodontics.  At the same time I began my teaching career which included the Forsyth Dental Center, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and ultimately at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine where I am presently teaching.  After practicing for five years, I presented cases, sat for written and oral examinations and became Board Certified in Endodontics.

In our practice of Endodontics, we see patients who are experiencing severe dental pain and/ or infections.  It is my goal to make the experience of taking care of them as comfortable and gentle as possible, and I am pleased to say that is the case in the majority of patient interactions.  I derive a great deal of satisfaction from teaching both pre-doctoral and graduate dentists the science and art of Endodontics.  Monitoring and guiding their progress in the class room and clinical settings is specially rewarding.  I am able to bring back to my patients the newest knowledge and latest technology that being actively affiliated with our practice and the university affords.

Predoctoral Education: 1965 BS, University of Detroit

Dental Education: 1960 DDS, University of Detroit School of Dentistry

Postdoctoral Training: 1961 GPR, Sinai Hospital, Detroit
1962 Certificate in Endodontics, Boston University School of Medicine

Primary Academic Appointment: Assistant Clinical Professor and Chair, Former Director of Predoctoral Endodontics, Department of Endodontics, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Assistant Dean for Administration, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Board Status:  Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics

Awards and Honors:

  • Fellow, International College of Dentists
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists
  • Phi Sigma Delta Chapter Academic Award
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • The Dr. Joel L. Dunsky Predoctoral Award in Endodontics, established at
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Harvard School of Dental Medicine Endodontic Study Group
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society
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