Dr. Parul Dua Makkar, BSc, DDS, FACD

Dentist, educator, mom, wife, sister, daughter, speaker, inspirer, survivor and thriver.

A modern day nomad and global citizen.

Dr. Parul Dua Makkar

Dentist, educator, mom, wife, sister, daughter, speaker, inspirer, survivor and thriver.

A modern day nomad and global citizen.

Life, Legacy, Oral Cancer:
A Life Interrupted

Dr. Parul Dua Makkar's life took a different trajectory when she lost her only and younger sibling, Dr. Manu Dua, to oral cancer. He was a dentist, as well. Following his death, Parul devotes her time to educating doctors and patients about risk factors, prevention, and early detection and treatment of oral cancer.

ADA Wellness


Dr. Parul Dua Makkar was invited and is honored to serve as a Wellness Ambassador to the American Dental Association (ADA). This is a new initiative by the ADA to have dentists volunteer to serve in the Wellness Ambassador Program, in which volunteers will ensure that peer dentists struggling with mental health obstacles are aware of support services.

Induction into American College of Dentists

Parul Dua Makkar ACFD

Dr. Parul Dua Makkar was inducted into the American College of Dentists (ACD) in October, 2023 and is now a Fellow 0f the ACD. Membership in the American College of Dentists is by invitation only. According to the ACD, there are over 7,000 Fellows – all selected based on their exceptional contributions to organized dentistry, oral health care, dental research, dental education, the profession, and society. Only approximately 3.5% of dentists are Fellows of the American College of Dentists.


  • Women’s Achievement Award, Indian American Forum (2023)

  • Denobi Award (2022)

  • Herald Long Island Excellence in Healthcare Awards (2022)

  • Power Woman of Long Island (2022)

Parul is a frequent contributor to publications both in dentistry and beyond.

She also co-authors healthcare journal articles. She is regularly requested as an expert for others’ podcasts in addition to facilitating her own. Posthumously, Parul co-authored her brother’s book, Life Interrupted, Dr. Dua’s Survival Guide, which won a CIPA EVVY Gold Award Winner in Motivational/Inspirational books and a Bronze Memoir.

Parul practices general dentistry in her Long Island, New York practice. Speaking to audiences across the nation, she shares her experience and knowledge while guiding audiences in developing their understanding, skills, and preventive solutions.

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Dr. Makkar's Impact

"Dr. Makkar is changing the landscape: she is bringing oral cancer front and center for us as providers and as family members. Thru the gnawing grief of losing her own brother, also a dentists, to oral cancer she continually writes, speaks and records not just on the clinical understanding of the destructive disease, but also on the human side of it. She unveils herself in the most vulnerable way openly discussing her broken heart. By humanizing her loss, she hold us (dentists) accountable for asking the difficult questions. Dr. Makkar is creating a domino effect; a very significant, life changing impact in our workplace and in our dental operatory."

- Dr. Maggie Augustyn

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