N. Wayne Hiatt Rising Star Award: Dr. Kyle Bogan

As a new dentist, Dr. Kyle Bogan is committed to organized dentistry and has had several leadership roles at the local and state levels. In recognition of his efforts, he will receive the Ohio Dental Association N. Wayne Hiatt Rising Star Award on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Callahan Celebration of Excellence, held in conjunction with the 152nd ODA Annual Session.

“Although relatively new to practicing dentistry, Dr. Bogan has worked in several practices and with the Knox County Health Department,” wrote Dr. Fred Alger, chair of the Honors and Awards Committee with the Columbus Dental Society, in his nomination letter. “He has been a strong supporter of the Ohio Dental Association as well as the CDS and OSU and has served in numerous leadership positions. His commitment to dentistry is exemplary.”

Bogan said he’s honored to receive the Rising Star Award.

“It’s a super big honor,” he said. “I am involved in organized dentistry to help the profession, but it’s nice to be recognized.”

Bogan said he knew he wanted to be a dentist when he was in sixth grade and going through braces. He stuck with it, and never changed his mind.

He studied chemistry at The Ohio State University during undergrad, and while there he did a research project with the Department of Chemistry and the College of Dentistry on a pH-sensitive fluoride-releasing hydrogel. He has presented this research and published a thesis on it at OSU. He then continued at OSU for dental school and earned his DDS in 2008.

After graduation, Bogan worked as an associate at a practice in Knox County and at the Knox County Health Department. He then worked in Dublin as an associate and in 2013, he opened his own practice in Delaware.

His office holds a Give Kids A Smile event every year, and last year they hosted a Freedom Day USA event to provide care to veterans and active military. He also has created a scholarship that’s in its second year for a graduating senior in Delaware who is entering a health related field. Bogan also has served as the race director for the Miles for Smiles 5K benefiting the Free to Smile Foundation for the past several years.

Bogan said his favorite part about being a dentist is getting to interact with and help people.

“We all enjoy helping people and changing smiles, but the day-to-day interactions are my favorite part, he said. “Being a family practice we get to see kids go off to college and come back.”

Bogan is also very involved in organized dentistry. With the Columbus Dental Society, he spearheaded bringing back the Membership Committee in 2015 and has served as its chair since then. He also serves on the CDS Board of Directors as secretary and will serve as president in two years.

With the Ohio Dental Association, he serves on the Council on Membership Services and chaired the council in 2015-16. He also serves on the ODA Annual Session Committee and is the 2018 junior exhibits chair. He also has served as a delegate to the ODA.

Bogan said he thinks membership in organized dentistry is very important because it provides a voice to the profession.

“I really think it’s kind of the life blood of our profession,” he said. “If we don’t have someone speaking on behalf of us then someone who doesn’t know what we do will be making the decisions. One of the most important things is to make sure our voice is heard.”

Outside of dentistry, Bogan said he enjoys golfing and spending time with his family outside and watching movies. He also likes to travel. He and his wife, Kate, have been married for 11 years and have two children, Riley and Drew.

The Rising Star Award recognizes a young leader in dentistry with outstanding leadership and initiative and a strong commitment to volunteerism within the community and the profession. This person must demonstrate promise for continued and future accomplishments within the dental profession, and must have been in practice for 10 years or less.