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James M. Ryan, DDS, MS 
James Ryan, DDS, MS

Dr. Ryan currently resides in Poolesville,  Maryland with his wife Lisa, their 3 children, and Sweet Chloé  Renee (Great Dane). Dr. Ryan met Lisa while studying Biochemistry at the State University of New York @ Stony Brook. 

After receiving his Bachelor Degree in Biochemistry, Dr. Ryan continued his education and earned a Master of Science Degree in Cardiopulmonary Physiology (Perfusion) from Northeastern University Bouvé College of Pharmacy in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Ryan underwent intense clinical training at Peter Brent Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Upon completion of this unique and specialized training, Dr. Ryan and Lisa moved back to New York City where Dr. Ryan was recruited as the Chief of Perfusion Services at Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of New York. Dr. Ryan managed all aspects of the perfusion services for all open heart procedures, Ventricular Assist Devices,  and minimally invasive robotic surgical procedures for over 5 years before deciding to continue his education.

Dr. Ryan attended New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) where he earned Doctor of Dental Surgery and was inducted into the prestigious National Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon.

Dr. Ryan was selected as 1 of only 2 surgical residents from over 300 applicants in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Washington Hospital Center (WHC) and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Ryan received extensive training in pediatric and adult oral and maxillofacial trauma surgery, dentoalveolar, orthognathic surgery, and pathology for both simple and complex reconstruction of the oral and maxillofacial regions. During his residency, Dr. Ryan also served as a clinical fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

Upon completion, Dr. Ryan accepted the position as Assistant Program Director for the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Washington Hospital Center where he served to train the oral and maxillofacial surgical residents in all aspects of adult and pediatric oral and facial surgery at WHC and  Children’s National Medical Center.  Additionally, Dr. Ryan joined the staff at the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH/NIDCR) in Bethesda, Maryland where he continues to treat some of the most complicated pediatric patients.

Dr. Ryan's has a special interest in Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for cleft lip and palate, wisdom teeth and other related pediatric issues. Additional interested include dental implant surgery, dentoalveolar surgery, orthognathic surgery, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) diseases and maxillofacial pathology.

Dr. Ryan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He holds hospital affiliations at Washington Hospital Center, Children's National Medical Center and the National Institute of Health. Dr. Ryan remains devoted to research and education by maintaining an active role in training the residents at the Washington Hospital Center and at the NIH/NIDCR.

Dr. Ryan has received numerous awards including: 2006 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Dental Student Award, Washington Hospital Center 2008 Nurses' Choice Physician Collaboration Award, 2009 Resident Research Summit Scholarship Award, and the 2011 Outstanding Surgical Attending in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Washington Hospital Center. He has also authored/coauthored and published several journal articles and held several teaching positions,including assistant professor, while at NYUCD.

Dr. Ryan's personal interests include spending time with his family. He has developed a true love for hockey as seen through the eyes of his two sons, Liam and Aidan who areavid hockey players. Dr. Ryan participates in a men's open soccer league and coaches his daughter Avery's basketball team. Additionally, he enjoys golf, tennis and baseball.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (Diplomate)

  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (Fellow)

  • District of Columbia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (President)

  • District of Columbia Dental Society (Board Member)

  • Health Volunteers Overseas (Volunteer)

  • American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons  (Fellow)

  • American Dental Association


Hospital Affiliations:

  • Washington Hospital Center (Attending Surgeon)

  • Children's National Medical Center (Attending Surgeon)

  • George Washington University Hospital (Attending Surgeon)

  • National Institute of Health (Volunteer / Attending Surgeon)


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