EIOH Resident Feature: Dr. Diaa Allahham

Jun. 21, 2022
portrait of Dr. Allahham
Dr. Diaa Allahham

At graduation, Dr. Diaa Allahham becomes the fourth orthodontist in his family. Check out why he chose EIOH and what's next for him. 

Where are you from? 

I was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. I moved to Egypt due to the war crisis in Syria. I attained my dental degree from Misr University for Science and Technology in Egypt. Upon graduation in 2018, I pursued my lifelong dream to continue my father’s legacy of orthodontics and to become the fourth orthodontist in my family.

Why did you choose EIOH?

Many reasons: 1) The orthodontics department is very strong clinically and didactically; 2) It is a well known academic institution; 3) The family environment is very unique; 4)  American Board of Orthodontics preparation is extremely solid

Best memory?

My best memory is when I received a phone call from Linda [Orthodontics Administrator], and she informed me that I got accepted into an Orthodontics residency.

Favorite/Least Favorite thing about Rochester?
My absolute favorite thing about Rochester is that I moved here to Rochester to study and I made friends that were not just transient friends. I made lifelong friends.

Did the EIOH experience make a better you?

  • Definitely, the EIOH experience made me a better version of myself with all the didactic and clinical experience I received from the various faculty members.
  • Eastman has become my second home. I've had the honor of spending four years of my life at Eastman and I have enjoyed every moment. I have successfully completed a Master’s of Science in Dental Sciences and now my dream of becoming an orthodontist has finally come true.
  • I have successfully achieved second place in NESO and in the prestigious Dr. William Proffit resident scholar award program regarding my Master's project which is The association between non-extraction clear aligner therapy and alveolar bone dehiscences and fenestrations in adults with mild to moderate crowding.
  • I have published my thesis in the top ortho journal AJO-DO (American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics).

What are your plans after graduation?
My long-term goals include opening my own office(s) and continuing my father's orthodontic legacy. For now, I look forward to practicing in a private practice setting in Texas this summer.

What will you miss the most? 
I will miss the faculty that I have spent the past four years with. I have become so close to my classmates over the past two years as well as other students from other years and departments. I enjoyed the diversity of people here at Eastman and the welcoming environment. Eastman has given me a reason to smile everyday.

Anything else you’d like to add?
I would to thank all my family, faculty, classmates, assistants, and staff for all the support during this wonderful journey. I am very thrilled to begin the next chapter of my life. I feel blessed to have been part of the Eastman family.  I have absolutely enjoyed learning from all the faculty and their unique perspectives on orthodontics.