Sarat Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
As chief of Dentistry at Cincinnati Children’s, Dr. Thikkurissy specializes in the dental care of patients with special healthcare needs. His focus is on young patients with cancer, bone marrow transplant patients, and those with epidermolysis bullosa, Sturge Weber syndrome and vascular malformations. He's also concerned with achieving safety in procedural sedation.
Dr. Thikkurissy enjoys the humanity of medicine, which for him, is making connections with his patients and their families and helping them set and achieve their overall health goals. He is always mindful of the responsibility of being a voice for the most vulnerable in our society.
In his practice, he believes that every patient deserves the dignity and value a smile can bring. A smile makes a child and their family light up, and teeth should never be the cause of poor health. He is also pragmatic and a realist. He individualizes his treatments to the needs of his patients and their families while considering what they can maintain.
In 2017, Dr. Thikkurissy received the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Dentist of the Year and the 2019 Aubrey Rose Foundation Doctor of the Year.
In addition to helping patients, he is also engaged in research, seeking ways to minimize morbidity from dental disease in populations with special health issues and improve medical outcomes through dental health.
In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family. He has a talented son who has grown up with multiple, severe food allergies and is a student at the University of Cincinnati — Go Bearcats! He also has a 4-year-old greyhound named Oliver, who is his spirit animal — he loves to nap and go outdoors!