Growing up 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 and completed 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 to continuing education courses and along with completing an extensive written exam comprising of sixteen dental disciplines, Dr. Ho 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 allowed 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. Furthermore, 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 the past Chair of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Dental Practice (which is responsible for recommending national policies relating to dental practice) and is currently the President of the Texas Dental Association. 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
Lastly, Dr. Ho continues to volunteer at various events – such as, Texas Missions of Mercy and Give Kids a Smile – which benefit underserved populations and provides free dental services to adults, children and veterans whose access to care is limited.