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Dr. Gary B. Carr
About Dr. Carr
Dr. Carr holds a special, unique place in the history of endodontics. Trained in the Classics at Cornell, he came to dentistry and endodontics later in life.
He served both as an electronics technician in the Navy (as an enlisted man) and then was picked up for OCS officer training and served as a line officer aboard the USS Coral Sea in Vietnam.
After his service, he attended dental school at SUNYAB (Buffalo) graduating in 1976 and practiced general dentistry in the Navy for 2 years (aboard the USS Holland) and then for 2 years as a private practitioner in San Diego, before attending University of Illinois for his endodontic specialty training, graduating magna cum laude in 1982.
Practicing endodontics in Chula Vista Ca, he was befriended and mentored by Terry Tanaka, one of the finest restorative dentists in the world. Puzzled by the lack of healing in endodontic surgical procedures, he undertook human cadaver research at Terry's Clinical Research Foundation to try to uncover the reasons for such poor healing. Discovering that traditional endodontic surgical technique was beset by a multitude of procedural errors and cognitive misconceptions, he introduced the operating microscope into endodontics as well as ultrasonic root-end preparation techniques as well as over 30 new surgical instruments. A complete history of these developments is given on the PERF web site.
Over the next 15 years, Dr Carr and his assistant Joy Haskins, have trained over 1000 clinicians at his charitable, non-profit research foundation, PERF. Both with course work, and lecturing internationally over that time frame, the operating microscope as well as his surgical and non-surgical retreatment advances have become the standard in endodontics today. The entire specialty of endodontics was changed by these developments. A full CV, outlining these advances, lectures and writings is at perfendo.org.
Starting in 1998 with his office manager Amy Taylor, Dr. Carr set out to revolutionize endodontic record keeping with the introduction of TDO: The Digital Office, a paperless administrative and clinical digital record in the hope of standardizing endodontic record keeping and allowing fact-based and evidence based outcomes research in endodontics. Today, TDO is the most widely used endodontic record keeping software in the world. It has attracted the top endodontic clinicians from over 30 countries and his clinical chat forums, tied to the software, allow truly unique collaborative communication between top clinicians on a daily basis. Over 1000 clinicians worldwide exchange views on over 20 cases per day on TDO-Clinical ---raising the standard of case for countless patients and their doctors. Therefore, mentoring is a foundational principle in Dr. Carr's life and in his software enterprise.
In 2012, Dr. Carr formed the IAE, the International Academy of Endodontics. Disappointed with the dominance of commercial interests in our specialty organization (AAE), he formed the IAE to provide commercial-free continuing education for endodontists. Today, the IAE provides the best CE for serious endodontists anywhere in the world.
Dr. Carr's consuming passion is clinical excellence, always striving for constant improvement, and mentoring others along the same path. Believing that clinical excellence, research, and giving back to one's specialty are the 3 most important things in a having a complete career, Dr. Carr tries to live up to those goals every day.
Always at his side and the joy of his life, is his wife of 32 years, Jan. They live in Rancho Santa Fe, Ca.