The Kois Center

What is the Kois Center?

“… a system that enables us to share information, develop new ideas and create solutions in dentistry that will leave a legacy…” –John Kois

The Kois Center is an advanced graduate didactic and clinical program for practicing dentists.  The Center features a comprehensive nine-course curriculum with the latest advances in esthetics, implant and restorative dentistry.  The curriculum is based upon the mission statement:  “Enabling motivated dentists to achieve extraordinary levels, expanding knowledge and application skills in restorative dentistry.”

What Makes The Kois Center Special?

The Kois Center is located in Seattle, Washington on the shore of Lake Union.  Fifteen years ago, the Center began forty miles south of Seattle in the back room on a dental office in Fife, around a table with room for only twelve students to attend each class.  As word traveled about the incredible teaching to be found in that back room, dentists from around the world sought spaces on waiting lists, hoping to be one of the twelve.

The Kois Center in Seattle was built to accommodate the increasing number of dentists eager to become students, and incorporates the latest technology to maximize student learning over each three-day course.  Live patient demonstrations can be broadcast directly to each of the 26 students.  Multimedia electronic presentations allow rich content to be memorably shown and students have the opportunity to practice new skills on patient simulators.

But the Kois Center is unique because it is SO much more than a physical location or a facility.  The Kois Center is part of an educational network inspired by John Kois and populated by dentists who have made a commitment to a rigorous program of continuing education.  This network is actually a living, maturing postgraduate educational think tank.  The Center’s growth is the result of the continued support and participation of those who have graduated.  The collaboration of these members has created an ever expanding knowledge base at the Center and is a pathway for extraordinary professional growth.

Graduates can return annually to attend the Symposium, which includes a review of the prior year’s published dental science, speakers who are pioneers in their field, and the inspiration of the like- minded colleagues.  As graduates incorporate their new knowledge into their dental practices, they can apply to become Mentors, who return regularly to the Center to offer help to current students, continuing the cycle of contributing to an improved dental profession. The Kois Center can now use the knowledge of its membership to improve the curriculum of the Center, enhance the professional growth of its members and improve the dental health of the patients they serve.

The Kois Center provides an intense educational experience, which allows your dentist to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to assist you, the patient, in keeping your teeth healthy and esthetically pleasing for a lifetime.

Who is John Kois?

John C. Kois, D.M.D., M.S.D. received his D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine and Certificate in Periodontal Prosthodontics with an M.S.D.  from the University of Washington School of Dentistry.  He maintains a private practice limited to prosthodontics in Tacoma and Seattle, Washington and is an Affiliate Professor in the Graduate Restorative Program at the University of Washington.  Dr. Kois continues to lecture nationally and internationally, is a reviewer for many journals and is the Editor-in-Chief for the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry.  Dr. Kois is the recipient of the 2002 Saul Schluger Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and received a Lifetime Achievement Aware from both the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  He is the past president of both the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and a member of numerous other professional organizations.  In addition, he continues to work with restorative dentists at the Kois Center, a didactic and clinical teaching program.

What is a Kois Center Graduate?

The Kois Center is a family of dentists and dental professionals who are passionate about dental healthcare and have the discipline to pursue excellence.  A heavy emphasis on community exists, and I am proud to associate with the professionals who attend the Center which promotes a culture of generosity, humility, kindness and passion for learning.  These individuals are integrity-based and committed to both their patients and education.  Dentists who attend the Center seek evidence-based knowledge, wiling to question their beliefs in pursuit of excellence. The Kois Center community works to provide the best, most efficient cost-effective care to their patients and help one another to achieve this goal.

Graduates have completed all nine courses in the curriculum at the Center.  Once students become graduates, they have the opportunity to attend an Annual Symposium.  At the Symposium, current updates based on new studies are discussed, and our community of professionals and their families have the opportunity to network and get to know each other better.  Graduates also have the privilege of being part of our referral service on the website, wherein other graduates can search for contact information and refer patients who are moving or are out of town to another highly trained and skilled dentist.

Graduates have made a serious commitment to this rigorous curriculum—sacrificing time away from families, home and their practices—challenging themselves to be the best.  To achieve this goal has required questioning of traditional standards and examination of strongly held beliefs under the light of published evidence.  It has also required the courage and willingness to change, when necessary, how they practice dentistry.

Above all, dentists attending the Kois Center are committed to excellence and doing their best for their patients.

–John C. Kois