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School of Dental Medicine

Ruby Ghaffari

Interim Assistant Dean
Assistant Professor

Ruby Ghaffari

Ruby Ghaffari

Interim Assistant Dean
Assistant Professor

Phone (617) 636-3407
1 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA 02111

Dr. Ruby Khodadoust Ghaffari, D92 is the interim assistant dean of predoctoral clinical affairs and an assistant professor in the department of comprehensive care.

After receiving a Doctorate of Dental Medicine in Dentistry from TUSDM, she built her first practice in downtown Boston in 1997 followed by her second practice in Chestnut Hill, MA. In 2005, she moved to Dubai to lead the implementation of American dental practice standards throughout the UAE. During her five years there, she established protocols for educational and operational structure.

Dr. Ghaffari joined TUSDM as a full-time faculty member in 2011 after many years as a volunteer faculty member in prosthodontics and operative dentistry. Starting as a practice coordinator position, Dr. Ghaffari held several didactic and clinical roles at the university over the years. She served as the director of the Medically Compromised Patient Care Clinic and served as the assistant chair of the department of comprehensive care.

In July 2014, she led a year-long pilot program to improve clinic efficiency and enhance didactic and clinical education. The pilot resulted in measurable improvement in quality of education and efficiency in the clinic, and was adopted throughout the school. In this model, faculty calibration and cross training provided a more effective faculty to student ratio. Core faculty were trained to work more closely and consistently with the same students. Chair utilization and material management in the clinic also improved.

Dr. Ghaffari is member of the advisory board of Boston University Academy and co-chair of the design team and a board member of Attar Foundation. She still practices part-time at her multi-specialty practice in Boston.

BA in Chemistry, Monmouth College, 1984-1987
Doctor of Dental Medicine, Tufts University, 1988-1992
Professional Experience: 

Interim Dean of the Predoctoral Clinic, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Owner, Manager and Practitioner, Dental Associates Roslindale, Roslindale, MA


Interim Assistant Chair, Department of Comprehensive Care, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Senior Practice Coordinator, 4th Floor Initiative, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Dental Director of Urgent Care Dental Clinic and Medically Complex Consultant, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Practice Coordinator, Group One, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Assistant Professor, Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Senior Associate, Nicolas and Asp Dental Clinic, Dubai, UAE


Owner, Manager and General Practitioner, New Brook Dental Associates, Newton, MA


Owner, Manager and General Practitioner, North End Dental Associates, Boston, MA