About George K. Merijohn DDS

Dr. Merijohn is recognized as a leading educator in North America in periodontics, minimally invasive surgery, aerosol-reduced dentistry, and advanced periodontal hand instrumentation.

He is passionate about clinical excellence and practicality, sound evidence, therapeutic approaches that are safer for patients and clinicians, and increasing global access to high-quality preventive periodontal oral health care.

George Merijohn speaking to conference

Dr. Merijohn’s experience in complex interdisciplinary therapy gleaned from 28 years of private periodontal practice in San Francisco and his passion for clinical excellence infuses his service to advancing the art and science of dentistry.

He earned his dental degree from the University of Illinois and his specialty certificate in periodontics from the University of Washington.

Dr. Merijohn is an Assistant Professor in the department of Graduate Periodontics at the University of Washington and University of California San Francisco.

Considered an expert in his areas of interest, Dr. Merijohn is a recognized lecturer internationally. He is distinguished by his ability to impart complex information in a clear and systematic manner and for his practical approaches in translating evidence-based decision making at the point of care.

Dr. Merijohn authored the guidebook, Advanced Periodontal Hand Instrumentation Quick Reference Guide, authored multiple papers published in leading peer-reviewed journals and has written chapters in internationally published textbooks. He contributes time to organized dentistry, is a member of multiple dental organizations, and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice (2005-2023).

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Select Articles by Dr. Merijohn

MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine database of indexed citations and abstracts, contains 11 of Dr. Merijohn’s articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Read more

Management and Prevention of Gingival Recession (Periodontology 2000, Vol. 71, 2016, 228-242). A complimentary copy is available upon request.

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Texas Dental Association Journal article

RDH magazine

2012 UCSF School of Dentistry Magazine
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