Dentistry

Meet our Dentistry faculty

Our dental clinic at Palmetto Health consists of three full-time dentists, eight dental assistants, three hygienists and administrative support staff. Our residents are involved in the diagnosis and
treatment of a wide range of dental problems, including oral surgery, operative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthetics, periodontics, pedodontics and endodontics.

12 part-time clinical faculty members participate in seminars, literature reviews and treatment planning sessions with residents. Each academic year, dental students from the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina visit the clinic for a one-week rotation.

James W. Curtis, DMD Director of Education
James Curtis, Jr., DMD, serves as Chair of the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group Department of Dentistry. He received his medical degree from the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he also completed a general practice residency. He formerly served as the program director for the general practice dental residency at Palmetto Health, and holds faculty appointments at both the MUSC College of Dental Medicine and the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill. Curtis is board certified and also serves as secretary of the medical staff at Palmetto Health Richland.James Curtis, Jr., DMD, serves as Chair of the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group Department of Dentistry. He received his medical degree from the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he also completed a general practice residency. He formerly served as the program director for the general practice dental residency at Palmetto Health, and holds faculty appointments at both the MUSC College of Dental Medicine and the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill. Curtis is board certified and also serves as secretary of the medical staff at Palmetto Health Richland.
David Hicklin, DMD Program Director
Cynthia Nichols, DMD Core Faculty