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John W. Pruitt, D.D.S., M.D.

John W. Pruitt, D.D.S., M.D.

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 dental student and 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. He has been a Spear Study Club leader since 2014. The purpose of the study club is to foster a high level of care among a group of general dentists and specialists in the community.

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 for Henle and the Loops. He and his wife, Elliott, have five children and two grandchildren.

Please call 317-882-3370 to make an appointment with Dr. Pruitt at our Greenwood Office.
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Hospital Affiliations

  • Indiana University Health- IU Health Methodist
  • Community Surgery Center North
  • Senate Street Surgery Center
  • Meridian South Surgery Center



Pruitt, J.W.. Coronectomy of the mandibular third molar. J Indiana Dent Assn 90 (4): 13,2011. Pruitt, J.W., Moenning, J.E., Lapp, T.H., Bussard, D.A.: Treatment of painful temporomandibular joint dysfunction with the sagittal split ramus osteotomy. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 60:996, 2002 Pruitt, J.W., S.R. Sabol, B.C. Fox, M.S. Goldwasser. Botryomycosis with orbital invasion: A case report and literature review. J Oral Maxillofac Surg, 53:599-605, 1995. Pruitt, J.W., M.S. Goldwasser, S.R. Sabol, Prstojevich. Intramuscular ketamine, midazolam, and glycopyrrolate for pediatric sedation in the emergency department. J Oral Maxillofac Surg, 53:13, 1995. McDonnell, E.J., S.E. Feinberg, J.W. Pruitt. The use of a collagen sheet as a disk replacement in TMJ surgery. J Oral Maxillofac Surg, 46:M15, 1988. Kuthy, R., J. Odom, J.W. Pruitt, J. Ashton. Barrier techniques and hepatitis B vaccine policies in dental components of local health agencies. J Public Health Dent, 48:152, 1988. Kuthy, R., J. Odom, J.W. Pruitt, J. Ashton. Local dental health programs: Infection control policies. J Dent Res, 67 (Sp Iss): 1146, 1988.