Dr. Merdad believes that every child is special in his or her own way, and that all his patients require an individualized approach for their dental care to reach optimal oral health for life. His training in both dental public health and pediatric dentistry helps him to apply the best scientific evidence in a way that best fits each individual child. He always aims to connect with his patients and their parents, thereby helping the children to have fun, positive dental experiences that will promote their oral health.
Dr. Merdad graduated from King Abdulaziz University Faculty of Dentisty in his hometown of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with a Bachelor of dental medicine and surgery in 2004. After practicing as a general dentist for a couple of years, he decided to pursue postgraduate education in the US. He joined Boston University Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine, where he completed a Doctor of Science in Dentistry degree in dental public health in 2011. He then pursued his residency training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, which he completed in 2012. After that, he taught pediatric dentistry as an assistant professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry until 2014. He then moved to northern Virginia, where he has been practicing as a pediatric dentist since. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of pediatric Dentistry and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. He’s also American board certified in both pediatric dentistry and dental public health.
Outside of the work environment, Dr. Merdad lives in Alexandria with his wife Dareen and their son Obai. They enjoy outdoor activities, as well as visiting the rich museums and art galleries in the Washington, D.C. area.