meet the doctor
John W. Pruitt, D.D.S., M.D.
The only oral surgeon in Central Indiana who is also a licensed physician, Dr. Pruitt began his academic career at North Central High School in Indianapolis and received his Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, from DePauw University. He received his D.D.S. degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1989. He earned his M.D. degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign in 1992, and was awarded the Thomas C. Reeves Memorial Award by his fellow medical students as the doctor they would turn to if they themselves needed care. He completed a preliminary year in Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. He was Chief Resident for two of the six years of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training he received at the Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Clinic Association in Urbana, Illinois.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor dental society and the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He is on the hospital staff at I.U. Health, Methodist Hospital and assists with oral surgery resident education for the Indiana University School of Dentistry. He has served as Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Methodist Hospital. He is a member of the Academy of Osseointegration and the International Team for Implantology. He is the previous President of the Indiana Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Indiana component of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Pruitt’s areas of interest in which he has lectured include medical management, perioperative anesthesia care, dental implants, and bone grafting. His practice interests include implants, orthognathic (jaw) surgery, and facial trauma. He has volunteered on five international medical mission projects and was recognized as a 2002 Dental Volunteer of the Year at the Gennesaret Free Clinic in Indianapolis. He has also received the Donated Dental Services Outstanding Services Award presented by the Indiana Dental Association in 2002, 2003 and 2013.
Dr. Pruitt’s personal interests include travel and playing keyboards. He and his wife, Elliott, have five children and one grandchild.
- Indiana University Health- IU Health Methodist
- Community Surgery Center North
- Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital