Dr. Thanos was
born in Athens, Greece. His first visit to the United States was in 1964 when
he was invited as an American Field Service Exchange Student. He went on to
attend Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as a Fulbright
Scholar, one of the highest academic honors a student can earn.
In 1971, Dr. Thanos
received his dental degree from the University of Athens, Greece. For the next
two years he continued advanced studies at the University of London, England
where he specialized in pediatric dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital. In
1973, Dr. Thanos was a postdoctoral scholar at the UCLA School of Dentistry
where he furthered his studies in biomaterials science and pediatric dentistry.
He completed his fellowship and received certificates in both pediatric
dentistry and cranio-facial genetics at UCLA Harbor Hospital.
In 1977, Dr.
Thanos joined the faculty of the University of Southern California School of
Dentistry. He served as a chairman of the department of Advanced Pediatric
Dentistry from 1979 to 1985. During that period, he initiated the Specialized
Clinic of Esthetic Dentistry where he served as director until 1992.
Dr. Thanos is
not only a gifted dentist, he is also a respected scientist in his field and
has published numerous research monographs. He is considered a pioneer in the
field of esthetic dentistry. He has been participating in the Torrance &
Moreno Valley community for over thirty years.