University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry
Why They Were Nominated
Since its founding in 2008, DECA Den- tal has become one of the country’s fastest-growing DSOs—and Dr. Patel, its partner and chief clinical officer, has been key to its success. His team has created an exceptional culture by recruiting and training hundreds of elite dentists from across the nation.
“My parents, Kamlesh and Mayurika Patel. I will never take for granted being able to share my life’s greatest moments with them. I still talk to them all the time and am forever grateful for the lessons of unconditional love, endless positivity and tireless work ethic I learned from this power couple.”
Exciting New Trend
“The Journal of Dental Education estimates that by 2025, ‘large, DSO-managed group practices will be the setting in which the majority of oral health care is delivered.’ Working for a DSO can assist a recent graduate in mentoring, building clinical skills and confidence, and allow them to earn income while paying down loans. The DSO model also offers experienced dentists opportunities for practice ownership, with the additional benefits of handling the business side of the profession so the dentist is able to focus on the dentistry.”