Joseph R. Karam, DMD, is a resident-trained specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Dr. Karam is a graduate of Abington Heights High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience in three years of study from the University of Pittsburgh. He continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, earning his Doctor Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree and graduating as valedictorian. Dr. Karam was inducted into the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society and received several more honors, including an award from The International College of Dentists for outstanding leadership and professionalism and an award from the Pierre Fauchard Academy for exemplary moral and ethical service to the community and profession.
Dr. Karam went on to complete a three-year residency and earned a Certificate of Advanced Study of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). During his residency program, he also served as a preclinical instructor at the University of Pittsburgh and conducted extensive research on topics ranging from fluid homeostasis to tissue engineering and biomaterials. He has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has published scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and delivered lectures at conferences around the country. For his work in dental regeneration, he won several research-related awards and received national recognition from the American Dental Association and Dentsply®. Currently, Dr. Karam is active in orthodontic appliance design and has patented an orthodontic bracket system.
His clinical interests include the multidisciplinary orthodontic treatment of children, teens and adults, and caring for patients with craniofacial anomalies. He has successfully completed Phase I and II of the American Board of Orthodontics examination and is board eligible. Dr. Karam has been trained with the latest advances in clear orthodontic aligner technology, is certified by Invisalign®, and has authored peer-reviewed articles specifically on clear “invisible” orthodontic aligners.
Passionate and dedicated to his profession and patients, Dr. Karam is President of the Hazleton District Dental Society, served as President of the Scranton District Dental Society, is a member of the Third District Dental Society, and the Tri-State Dental Society. He also serves as a delegate of the Pennsylvania Dental Association, sat on the Board of Directors for the Scranton Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.
His wife, Emily, has completed post-graduate study at Penn State University, and most recently was employed at the University of Pittsburgh as a scholarship advisor with the Honors College and as a writer in the Office of Public Affairs. An avid runner, Emily completed the Steamtown Marathon in 2007 & 2012, and the New York City Marathon in 2017 with Ryan's Run 8.
Dr. Karam and his wife enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures, cooking together, and outdoor sports. They and their four sons are thrilled to be home in Northeastern Pennsylvania.