Meet Dr. Pritchett
Dr. John Pritchett returns home to Georgia after a decade of service in the U.S. Air Force. Growing up on Jackson Lake, he graduated as valedictorian of Piedmont Academy in Monticello in 1994. He started at Oxford College as an Oxford Scholar that same year and subsequently graduated from Emory University in 1998 with B.S. degrees in both chemistry and biology. Dr. Pritchett commissioned into the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 2000 and received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Medical College of Georgia in 2003. In 2008, Dr. Pritchett completed his surgical training in San Antonio at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and its affiliated training sites, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, and the Texas Medical Center.
During his last four years of military service, Dr. Pritchett was one of only two Air Force Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons stationed in Washington, D.C. The unique medical environment of the military has afforded him diverse surgical experience. He was primarily assigned to Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB, MD, gateway for all Wounded Warriors returning from overseas and home to the elite units that support the President. Simultaneously, Dr. Pritchett has been Training Officer to a nine-resident Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD-1 year) program–the largest such program in the Air Force. Additionally, Dr. Pritchett has served as faculty for the National Capital Consortium Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda and staff our country’s newest, state-of-the-art military treatment facility, the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in northern Virginia.
While Dr. Pritchett has focused his clinical interests toward dentoalveolar surgery and dental implants, he has extensive experience and training in anesthesia/pain control, facial trauma surgery, and orthognathic surgery. In addition to his faculty appointments, Dr. Pritchett has been an invited guest lecturer at multiple regional and national meetings and was selected Air Force District of Washington Junior Dental Educator of the Year for 2010 and earned numerous military awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal in 2012.
Dr. Pritchett is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He is also a member of the American Dental Association and Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons and a Fellow of both the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.