Dr. Godat was born in Germany while his father was in the U.S Army. Dr. Godat graduated from Oxford College of Emory University and Emory University with a double major in biology and chemistry and a minor in psychology. He received his Doctorate in Dentistry (DDS) from the University of Tennessee Colllege of Dentistry and graduated with highest honors. During dental school he received the Richard Sullivan Jr. Award for Excellence in Dental Research and the Sidney Friedman Excellence in Periodontology Award. Dr. Godat trained for three more years in Periodontics and Dental Implantology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a Masters of Science (MS) in Oral Biology and Specialty Certificate in Periodontics and Dental Implants.
While in residency, Dr. Godat worked as a general dentist. This experience gives him a unique perspective and understanding of restorative dentists' needs, particularly for implant dentistry. Dr. Godat is Board Certified by the American Board of Periodontology, which means he has fulfilled the highest standards in his profession. In fact, he is the only full-time, practicing, board-certified periodontist in the Memphis area. He is also the co-founder of the Mid-South Interdisciplinary Dento-Facial Study Club and Midsouth Spear Study Club. These organizations help coordinate treatment between your general dentist and dental specialist(s) to give you the best treatment possible.
Dr. Godat maintains hospital privileges at Methodist Hospital and Lebonheur Children's Hospital. He also teaches part time as a Clinical Professor at the University of Tennessee University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dental Schools. Dr. Godat has advanced training in Dental Implants as well as IV sedation and attends 200 hours or more of continuing education every year. This training keeps him abreast of the latest advances in technology and allows him to offer the best care possible.
Dr. Godat has lectured nationally and has published in peer reviewed journals. In 2006, he received the Memphis Dental Society Jack Wells Award for Outstanding Young Dentist. As a dedicated husband and father of two, Dr. Godat has many interests outside of periodontics and implants; he enjoys reading, drawing, computers, skiing, cars, etc. He attends First Evangelical Church and serves on the Mission Board and shepherds high schoolers.
Dr. Godat & Craddock were honored by their dental peers to be selected as Top Dentists/ Top Periodontists/ Dental Implant Surgeons in Memphis and the Midsouth!
Dr. Godat & his team look forward to meeting you and providing you the best dental treatment possible.
2013 Fellowship Award Tennessee Dental Association
2009 American Academy of Periodontology Educator Award for Outstanding Excellence in
Teaching and Mentoring
2006 Memphis Dental Society Jack Wells Award for Outstanding Young Dentist
1999 Second Place Clinical Laboratory Research, Southern Academy of Periodontology
1997 Mid-South Dental Congress, Overall First Place Research
1997 Sidney Friedman Excellence in Periodontology Award
1997 Graduated with Highest Honors University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
1997 Margaret Attwood Richard Dogget Dean Odontological Society
1993-97 Dean's List University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
1995 & 1997 National Institute of Health University of Tennessee Summer Research Fellowship
1995 University of Tennessee Research Day Outstanding Research Poster Presentation
1995 American Dental Association Dentsply Best Table Clinic Presentation
1994 Operative Dentistry Award University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
1994 Memphis American Association of Dental Research Award for Research Excellence
1994 University of Tennessee Dental Alumni Best Table Clinic Research Award
1993 Richard Sullivan Jr. Award for Excellence in Dental Research
Midsouth Interdisciplinary Dentofacial Study Club
Midsouth Spear Study Club
2013 - 2014 Secretary Memphis Dental Society
2012 - 2013 Treasurer Memphis Dental Society
2009 - Present Periodontal Peer Review Consultant to Memphis Dental Society
2012 - 2015 Delegate Tennessee Dental Association
2012 Council on Annual Session Tennessee Dental Association
2011-Present President Midsouth Spear Study Club
2008 - 2011 Constitution and By-Laws Committee Memphis Dental Society
2008 - 2011 Delegate Tennessee Dental Association
2007 - 2010 Board Member Southern Academy of Periodontology
2004 - 2007 Dental Health Committee Memphis Dental Society
2004 - 2006 Curriculum Committee Advisory Board University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
2004 - 2006 Delegate Tennessee Dental Association
2004 - 2009 Co-Chairman New Periodontist Committee Southern Academy of Periodontology
2001 - 2011 President Midsouth Interdisciplinary Dento-Facial Study Club
2002 -2003 Local Arrangements Committee Memphis Dental Society
2002 Moderator Astra Dental Implant User's Conference; Reaching New Heights in Implant Dentistry
1998 Session Assistant American Academy of Periodontology Boston, MA
1993 - 1997 Honor Council University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
1996 - 1997 President Student Research Group, University of Tennessee, Memphis
1996 University Tennessee Representative to American Dental Association (ADA) Dental Student Research Conference
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification (ACLS) American Heart Association (AHA)
Pediatric Life Support (PALS) American Heart Association (AHA)
Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider from the American Heart Association (AHA)