Dr. Ralph Attanasi was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and then worked as a dental research scientist at New York’s Rockefeller University. Dr. Attanasi determined that while he enjoyed working in the scientific arena, he missed the human connection that comes with direct patient care.
Dr. Attanasi decided to follow his passion and attended New York University’s College of Dentistry where he earned a DDS degree in 1991. Dr. Attanasi then completed a one-year General Practice Residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
While he enjoyed many aspects of general dentistry, Dr. Attanasi found that he received the most personal satisfaction when he performed complex prosthetic treatment. Dr. Attanasi decided that he would pursue a specialty degree in Prosthodontics and graduated from the University of Michigan’s three-year prosthetic residency program with a certificate and Master of Science degree in Prosthodontics.
Dr. Attanasi’s peers bestowed Fellowship status upon him in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists as well as membership in the prestigious Pierre Fauchard Academy. Less than 3 percent of dentists worldwide are honored with fellowship in these academies.
As a dedicated member of organized dentistry, Dr. Attanasi has risen through a number of elected positions and is the president of the third largest dental association in the United States, the Florida Dental Association. He has held many other elected positions including Trustee to the FDA, President of the Atlantic Coast District Dental Association, and President of the South Palm Beach County Dental Association.
Dr. Attanasi is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach.