Pediatric Dentist William Chan, DMD

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Dr. William Chan

Dr. William Chan graduated from Woonsocket High School and attended the University of Rhode Island, majoring in Zoology. During college, Dr. Chan discovered his interest in dentistry, and his family dentist urged him to pursue his passion.

Education and Honors

Dr. Chan graduated in three years from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, in 1975. After graduation, he was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital: Department of Anesthesia to study the efficacy of acupuncture in anesthesia.

In 1978 he was instrumental in planning and implementing the South Cove Community Health Center Dental Clinic in Boston’s Chinatown, and he was also one of the organization’s founding dentists serving the Chinese community.

In 1982 Dr. Chan realized his love of children and decided to pursue further training in pediatric dentistry at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Following his graduation, he decided to move closer to his family and set up the dental practice, which stands before you today.

For over 30 years, Dr. Chan has served his community in Rhode Island by teaching Tufts University pediatric dental residents as an assistant clinical professor. He has also continued to serve the Boston Chinatown community with a small pediatric dentistry practice on Washington Street. In 2013 he proudly accepted his son, Dr. Ben—a graduate of Tufts School of Dental Medicine (2010) and of the Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics department (2013)—into the Cumberland office.


The recipient of numerous accolades, Dr. Chan was voted a Top Doc by his peers from 2009 to 2015 in Rhode Island Monthly Magazine. He received the prestigious appointment to the Board of Advisors at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Chan is a member of American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Rhode Island Dental Society.

When Dr. Chan is not in the office he enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, and traveling. He is also a fantastic cook and helps out in the family restaurant, Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining, in Woonsocket.