Being awarded the 2014 Bedside Manner Award, presented by Our Health Richmond Magazine, well-describes Dr. Zoghby’s approach to oral surgery. The magazine says of this honor, “medical expertise and compassionate care should always go hand in hand when it comes to treating patients.” Dr. Zoghby has been living that philosophy since beginning his oral surgery practice in 1990, whether it be while treating his patients or interacting with his staff.
A former “Army Brat,” the son of an army “JAG” (attorney), whose family hails from Alabama, Dr. Zoghby was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and lived in GA, AL, MD, CT, and London, England before he graduated from high school in San Jose, CA. Having lived in 17 different houses before age 18, he’s been happy to have put down roots in RVA for 29 years.
Dr. Zoghby is proud father to three sons: Mike is married and lives in Richmond; Chris will soon graduate from William and Mary with a degree in physics, and Ben also lives in RVA. Dr. Zoghby and his friends enjoy hiking, camping, cycling, and eating out. Together they have hiked a good portion of the Appalachian Trail and are now looking forward to taking on the more rugged terrain of the West Coast.
Other non-dentistry interests include music, art, and the theater. Dr. Zoghby also has a noteworthy rapport with wheels, both as a member of a road bicycling team known as “The Spin Doctors” and as an instructor for high performance driver education on road race courses for sports cars.
Dr. Gregory M. Zoghby is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, certified since 1992.
Dr. Zoghby graduated with honors in 1982 from Franklin and Marshall College, in Lancaster, PA, majoring in biology. In 1986 earned his DDS degree, Cum Laude, from the State University of New York in Buffalo before receiving his Maxillofacial Surgery Certification from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia in 1990. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, certified in 1992. He has been part of the COFS team since 1994.
Dr. Zoghby is a member of the Richmond Dental Society, both the Virginia Dental and American Dental Associations, the Virginia Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and the Southeastern Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons as well as the International Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is also a member or the Richmond Academy of Medicine, Inc., Porsche Club of America, and the National Geographic Society.
He has donated his skills to the Crossover Dental Clinic, Donated Dental Services, and the Children’s Hospital program, along with the Mission of Mercy (MOM) project, bringing oral surgery care to the underserved in the Appalachian County of Wise, VA. Annually, Dr. Zoghby also travels to a remote area of the Caribbean to offer his professional services through the Jamaica Mission Trip which is sponsored by VCU/MCV School of Dentistry. He has been an Associate Clinical instructor at the VCU/MCV Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery since 1986.
In describing his winning patient/doctor relationship to Our Health Richmond Magazine he explains, “Bedside manner starts with talking with the patient, not to the patient. I like to sit face to face, listen more than I speak. My role as a doctor is to educate, not to sell. Ultimately, I want the patient to be comfortable with their decision. My mantra, “Don’t hurry; things rarely turn out better when you rush.’” Dr. Zoghby is also perennially honored as one of the area’s top oral Surgeons by both Richmond Magazine and Virginia Living Magazine. He is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society.
If I were not an oral surgeon: “I would likely be a biology or art professor. I am surprisingly good at fixing bicycles and for a city-raised boy. I also hold my own at backwoods camping,” he adds with a grin.
Favorite app: My most-used app is Google Maps. He jokes, “I am never lost, but I also never know where I am going.”
Apple or PC: In the world of computers, I am an Apple person and have been for 35 years!
Favorite food/drink: Amateur oenophile on the hunt for the great $12. bottle of wine! Anyone can choose a good expensive wine; my favorite challenge is finding good, reasonably priced wine.
Favorite authors: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and Shakespeare
His staff describes him: Helpful, knowledgeable, patient, always upbeat, genuine, insightful. He is a great teacher. Respects his staff. We love his laugh, his ties, and his socks! Doesn’t let anything interfere with giving his patients his time and full attention.