John C. Kois, D.M.D., M.S.D.

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John C. Kois

Dr. John C. Kois is the past President of both the
American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and
American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry

Received his D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine and Certificate in Periodontal Prosthodontics with a M.S.D. degree from the University of Washington, School of Dentistry. He maintains a private practice limited to Prosthodontics in Tacoma and Seattle 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 co-Editor in Chief for The Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry.


Dr. John Kois has built an educational system that enables us to share information, develop new ideas and create solutions in dentistry that will leave a legacy. And that system is the Kois Center, an advanced graduate didactic and clinical program for practicing dentists. The comprehensive 9 course curriculum includes 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.”

The Kois Center in Seattle, Washington was built to accommodate the increasing number of dentists eager to become Dr. Kois’ students. The Center incorporates the latest technology to maximize student learning over each three day course. Live patient demonstrations are broadcast directly to each of the students, concepts are easily understood due with the use of the latest presentation technology, and patient simulators provide students the opportunity to practice new skills.

What makes Dr. John Kois and the Education at the Kois Center so unique and special?

Dr. John Kois is not a master only because he has “great hands” - an inborn talent for dentistry. He became a master through dogged perseverance and years of hard work with an attitude that embraced challenges. He is a student every day, willing to be wrong, willing to change his beliefs when necessary. John changes the lives of those who come to his teaching center both through his personal example and his unwavering belief that inside each student is an expert waiting to be born
”I don’t have a problem with failure
I have a problem with not learning from failure”  JK

John Kois is a master clinician

John Kois is an outstanding clinical dentist because he views every patient and every restoration as an opportunity to excel. Yet he is not afraid to examine a failure, regarding it as an opportunity to improve and avoid that pitfall tomorrow. His dentistry sets a standard for precision and he is recognized by his peers as a master clinician: he is the expert that other dentists seek for their own dentistry. He uses practical experience to develop systems and checklists so Kois-trained dentists can more easily and uniformly provide excellent care to their patients. It is these systems that form the core teachings at the Kois Center

“Never the teacher, ALWAYS the student”  JK

John Kois is a master teacher

Have you ever been inspired by a teacher: one who saw the greatness inside of you? A teacher who helped you reach a goal that you would have never believed was possible? A teacher who could present complex material in a clear, understandable way? John Kois is that teacher. Passionate about his subject, he works long hours year after year to stay current and design new ways to teach. He is a successful teacher because he has never stopped being a student: questioning, challenging, learning. He understands new knowledge must be used for learning to be effective, so he developed comprehensive notebooks for each student to take home to aid in implementing what they had learned

“If you have to think outside the box, you need a bigger box”  JK

John Kois is a creative innovator

John Kois is a relentless questioner: Why does this smile look so natural? Why have the teeth worn in this particular pattern? How can we make our success more predictable? He is unwilling to blindly accept conventional thinking about dentistry without rigorous evaluation. He is also willing to reject popular theories that have no scientific basis. When he saw too many exceptions to accepted beliefs, he carefully examined his own work to better understand what was successful and why. He formed his own research center to test theories and add to the science of dentistry - all to help dentists make better decisions for their patients. He continues to invent tools that make excellent dentistry easier to provide

“None of us is smarter than all of us”  JK

John Kois is a visionary leader

John believes that together we can be better than any of us could ever be separately and his leadership has created and fostered a unique community of like-minded dentists who are committed to continual learning. Kois center graduates are members of a family - a think tank populated with dentists dedicated to helping each other and their patients achieve the absolute best. When a dentist completes a class, they can stay connected with peers and mentors for support and advice on their own journey to expertise

The Kois Center is unique because it is so much more than a physical location or a facility. The Kois Center is also a family of dentists and dental professionals who are passionate about dental healthcare and have the discipline to pursue excellence for themselves and their patients. This unique community has become 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 essentially a living, growing post-graduate educational think tank