My dad is a hematologist-oncologist and my mom is a mechanical engineer, so I was kind of raised into a scientific background, scientific household. I always wanted to do medicine. I always wanted to do some sort of surgery. In fact, when I was in college, I wanted to do neurosurgery. I was hell-bent on going into neurosurgery. I took my MCATs. Don't know if I would have gotten in. In my mind, I would have gotten in, but then I pulled my applications out and I applied to grad school at Columbia, where I saw this field of oral surgery. I saw that they do a lot more than just basic extractions. They do a lot of facial trauma, and that's what I kind of fell in love with.
So, I regeared my whole career outlook, and I started heading into ... I applied and got into, it was UMDNJ. It's Rutgers dental school now. I got into it, and I was fortunate enough to get into St. Joe's oral surgery, and that's kind of what I, I kind of headed that way because I kind of fell in love with the surgery part of it.I mean, I love dentistry. I love doing prosthetics and stuff like that, but surgery is where I really, really, really found a home. Actually, I've taken quite a few CE courses, continuing education courses in various aspects, from facial trauma, ballistics trauma, to All-on-4 concepts.
There's a new concept called Trefoil, which is an All-on-3 concept that's a new emerging portion in this field, to kind of rehabilitate people from obviously the extreme, where there's gunshot trauma or car accidents too, that dentally, for a lack of a better term, dentally cripple people, to have terminal dentition, teeth that are failing, falling apart, and kind of restore their smile and basically their outlook on life. Because when you don't have your smile, it kind of takes away a lot from a person. People may not say it, but you kind of lose a part of yourself. It's almost like losing a limb, to an extent. So to be able to restore that, almost in like one surgery and one sitting, to go from a few broken-down teeth to a full smile, it changes a person's life. It changes their outlook on life, and it just kind of brings hope to their life.
Although it is one of the most winding paths imaginable, being born and raised in Bulgaria and moving to the U.S. at the age of 10 made Dr. Ivan Georgiev into the professional he is today. After arriving in the U.S., his family moved six times in the first four years. He has lived on both coasts and along the way been exposed to a variety of people and cultures and made many friends.
Ultimately, his love of surgery is what drove Dr. Ivan Georgiev to become an oral surgeon. His educational achievements include:
- Graduating from the University of Connecticut in three and a half years with a double major in molecular and cell biology and in physiology and neurobiology, along with a minor in business.
- Completing a Master of Science in biotechnology from Columbia University in one and a half years.
- Receiving a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now integrated into Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences).
- Completing a residency to specialize in oral and maxillofacial surgery at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Georgiev is proud of his many awards and accomplishments over his years of education and dental practice.
- Stanley S. Bergen, Jr., MD Medal of Excellence
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon – Omega Omega Chapter (National Dental Honor Society)
- Alpha Epsilon Lambda – Alpha Chi Chapter (Graduate Students Honor Society)
- American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons – exemplary accomplishments in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Award
- Abdol H. Islami, MD Foundation Scholarship
- Edward Wolfson Endowed Scholarship
- Outstanding Leadership and Dedicated Service Award
- Olympic torchbearer for the 2002 Winter Olympics
- Inaugural keynote speaker for the first class of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and keynote speaker at the 2015 white coat ceremony.
- MDAdvisor Journal – Advised the publishing staff and editorial board on topics, themes, and invited papers that addressed the future of medicine and issues affecting new physicians and health care leaders.
- Smile Bangladesh – Surgical team member performing reparative surgeries for people with a cleft lip and palate during mission trips to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Other achievements aside, taking care of our patients is what Dr. Georgiev enjoys most about his work. He loves interacting with them and making them laugh. His sense of humor is what he believes they enjoy most about his care.
Dr. Georgiev likes spending his free time with his family and friends, playing soccer, visiting new places, reading a good book, and sometimes just relaxing.