Meet Dr. Ranjini Pillai


Ranjini PillaiDr. Ranjini has dedicated her entire education to dentistry. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Surgery in 1989 from Medical College of Trivandrum in India. In 1994, she migrated to the US to set up her home and further her career in dentistry. She attended New York University College of Dentistry for her postgraduate education and graduated in 1997.

Since dental school provides limited clinical experience, Dr. Ranjini competed for and earned a position in advanced training at Jamaica Hospital Medical Centre in New York. Approximately 20% of dentists complete a hospital residency, which puts Dr. Ranjini Pillai in the company of outstanding dentists.

At the end of her residency program, Dr. Ranjini was awarded the Biotene Award for Excellence in Hospital Dentistry. She was also awarded a position as an Attending in the Department of Dentistry at the hospital where she gave clinical care to patients.

In 2004, Dr. Ranjini and her family visited North Carolina. It was love at first sight and after a few more trips she and her family decided to call North Carolina home and raise her children here. After 6 years of practice in New York and almost 3 years in Greenville, North Carolina, Dr. Ranjini bought the practice of Dr. Frank Ramos (in the present location since 1983) and started practicing family general dentistry in Durham in January 2007.


Commitment to Learning

Dr. Ranjini recognizes that continuous learning is the key to excellence in dentistry. In 2000, Dr. Ranjini completed the Orthodontic Success Program through the Mid America Orthodontic Society. In 2006, she completed the one year Maxi course program on dental implantology through the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Pillai is certified in Invisalign treatment and is also certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). She has completed over 700 credits of continuing education as well as passed an extensive written examination on all areas of dentistry. Ranjini Pillai DDS, FAGD, MPH, has achieved one of dentistry’s most prestigious career goals, by becoming a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. This award represents the professional responsibility of your dentist to remain current in dentistry through quality continuing dental education. Dr. Pillai has also received training at the Dawson Academy for advanced studies in restorative dentistry.


Professional Affiliations

Dr Ranjini Pillai is a member of the American Dental Association; Academy of General Dentistry, North Carolina Dental Society and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.