S. Clarke Woodruff, D.M.D.
There are two golden rules in my practice:
1. No one wants to go to the dentist.
2. Everyone would like to have a healthy mouth.
These goals may seem contradictory, but both can be achieved.
In more than 20 years of clinical dentistry, I have learned that if we wish to reach both these goals, we cannot cut corners. We can best serve our patients and help them be as healthy as they choose, only if we practice dentistry at the highest levels of competence and quality.
S. Clarke Woodruff D.M.D.
Chair, Department of Dental Medicine
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Dr. Woodruff has lived and worked in the Lehigh Valley virtually his entire life. He left the region to complete dental school in Philadelphia and to serve four years as an officer/dentist in the U.S. Air Force. A member of the first graduating class of Freedom High School in 1968, Dr. Woodruff earned his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University in 1972. He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree (D.M.D.) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. Dr. Woodruff was named a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry in 1987, after successfully completing a comprehensive examination and completing more than 500 hours of continuing education. He maintains active membership in the American Dental Association, Pennsylvania Dental Association, Lehigh Valley Dental Society, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the American Equilibration Society.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Woodruff is devoted to the education of tomorrow’s dentists and as such is currently Chair, Department of Dental Medicine, Lehigh Valley Health Network. Dr. Woodruff oversees the department that operates two clinics at LVHN-Muhlenberg and LVHN- 17th and Chew in Allentown. The Department of Dental Medicine conducts a General Practice Residency for seven recent dental graduates in a formal hospital based clinical training program.
For relaxation and cultural stimulation, Dr. Woodruff has been a member of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem since 1982 – he also sang with the choir as a Lehigh University student. His outside interests include vintage race cars, woodworking, and of course, singing.
Dr. Woodruff has two children, Colin and Lindsey and four grandchildren. He and his wife Susan reside in Fort Washington, just outside of Philadelphia.