Raised in southwest Houston, Dr. Duc “Duke” M. Ho earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 1996 from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston, Texas. After graduating dental school, he went on to expand his education and experience by completing a General Practice Residency (GPR) at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which afforded an opportunity to care for patients with varying medical and dental backgrounds. In addition, Dr. Ho regularly attends continuing education courses and – along with completing an extensive written exam comprising of sixteen dental disciplines – received his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD); an honor only seven percent of general dentists in the U.S. have achieved. All of these efforts have empowered him to provide his patients with a wide range of treatment options based upon their needs.

The care he provides covers a broad spectrum of skills ranging from routine general dental maintenance; utilization of the Prosomnus device, which helps to treat sleep apnea and its effects such as snoring; and placement and restoration of implants using the Nobel Active Guided Surgery System. In addition, he is certified for both nitrous oxide administration and oral conscious sedation; helping to manage any patient’s anxieties.

In giving back to the profession, Dr. Ho has served as President of the Greater Houston Dental Society, as a member on the Board of Directors for the Texas Dental Association (TDA) and currently as the Chair of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Dental Practice, which is responsible for recommending national policies relating to dental practice. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment within the profession was serving on an ADA Task Force which developed COVID mitigation guidelines for dentists to return to their practices safely – for their patients, their staffs and themselves. He holds memberships in the following organizations:

  • Academy of General Dentistry, Fellow
  • International College of Dentists, Fellow
  • American Dental Association
  • Texas Dental Association
  • Greater Houston Dental Society

As the issue of access to care has grown, Dr. Ho has participated in the Greater Houston Dental Society’s Veterans Smile Day – hosted at Welch Dental Group’s office in Katy, Texas. With generosity, dedication, and hard work from numerous sponsors and volunteers, this organization has provided free dental care to hundreds of veterans since its inception in 2015. In addition, he has also provided volunteer hours, facilities, and supplies for the Katy Independent School District Assistance Program and has volunteered for numerous Give Kids a Smile events; both of which help to provide dental services to children who are under-served or whose access to care is limited.