G. Joel Funari, M.S., D.M.D., F.I.C.D.
A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Funari was born and raised in the town of Yardley. After graduating from Pennsbury High School in 1972 he attended Villanova University earning both Bachelors (1976) and Masters Degrees (1979). During his pursuit of the Master’s Degree he served as a teaching assistant in the Biology Department of Villanova University and held a faculty position in the Biology Department of Holy Family College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Funari was awarded his Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 1983 from Temple University Dental School, graduating with honors. He completed a Dental General Practice Residency Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland in 1984. In 1994 he completed a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas and Parkland Memorial Hospital.
Dr. G. Joel Funari, M.S., D.M.D. retired from the United States Navy in 2004 after a distinguished 21-year career as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Dr. Funari entered into private practice, ultimately purchasing a solo practice in 2006 where he has been providing full scope oral and maxillofacial surgery services establishing a reputation for delivering high quality compassionate care. Just a year into his current practice, Dr. Funari was named a "Top Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon" in the Southeast Pennsylvania/South New Jersey Region by the Philadelphia Magazine, Suburban Life Magazine and voted by his peers as a Top Dentist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Pathology in a Main Line Today survey of Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware Counties, distinctions which he continues to hold. He hold a top rating of 10 on the AVVO physician rating site and is rated as a top contributor on their physician panel. He has been appointed to Allergan's Botox Cosmetic Physician's Network and awarded Bronze status by Nobel Biocare for his work involving dental implants.
In 2019, Dr. Funari was appointed a Clinical Instructor in the Thomas Jefferson Health System Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Sidney Kimmel Medical College.
Dr. Funari is a Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Diplomate, National Dental Board of Anesthesia; Fellow; International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Fellow, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Fellow, American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Member, American Dental Society of Anesthesia; Member, Middle Atlantic Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Member, Pennsylvania Society of Ora and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Member, Delaware Valley Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Fellow, International College of Dentists; Fellow, American College of Dentists; Fellow, Pierre Fauchard Academy; Member, American Dental Association; Member, Pennsylvania Dental Association; Member, Chester and Delaware County Dental Society and Member, Academy of Stomatology of Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Funari serves as a Professional Member, Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry; Alternate Delegate to the House, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Consultant, American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation; Committee Member, Prescriber Practices of the Pennsylvania Department of Health; and Treasurer, Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
He has served as an Examiner, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Consultant; Navy Postgraduate Dental School; Board Member-At-Large, Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; President, Treasurer and Director, Delaware Valley Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Delegate, Pennsylvania Dental Association; President and Director, Pennsylvania Second District Dental Society; President, Treasurer and Board of Governor, Chester County and Delaware County Dental Society. He was a Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Funari lectures both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Funari is a credentialed member of the surgical staffs of Wilmington Veterans Administration Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Main Line Health consisting of Bryn Mawr, Paoli, and Riddle Memorial Hospitals and Veterans Administration Medical Center, Wilmington, Delaware.
Dr. Funari specializes in treating wisdom teeth, dental and craniofacial implants, obstructive sleep apnea, jaw deformities, trauma, facial reconstruction, TMJ, facial aesthetic surgery and office based anesthesia.
Serving our nation: Strongly influenced by the large number of retired U.S. Navy Dental Corps faculty members at Temple University Dental School, Dr. Funari voluntarily enrolled in the United States Navy’s 1925I program during his second year of dental school. While in school, Ensign Funari served as a clerk at the Branch Dental Clinic, Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from Dental School, Lieutenant Funari received his commission and entered active duty as a Dental General Practice Resident assigned to the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. In July 1984, he received orders to the Branch Dental Clinic in Keflavik, Iceland for a tour as a Dental Officer. In 1985, Lieutenant Funari accepted assignment to the Branch Dental Clinic, Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, where he served as Division Officer. Lieutenant Funari was then ordered to the Precommissioning Unit of USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44), in 1998, as the Dental Department Head for the ship during its construction in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was at that time that he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He remained in that billet after the ship was commissioned and its homeport was transferred to the Naval Amphibious Base in Little Creek, Virginia. During the ship’s deployment to the Caribbean, Lieutenant Commander Funari participated in humanitarian operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo and assisted the Coast Guard in drug interdiction and refugee operations.
In 1990, Dr. Funari was accepted for training in the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He completed his Internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in June 1991 and graduated from the residency program in June 1994. He held Chief Resident responsibilities at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Zale Lipshy Hospital, Children’s Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas, Texas and at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Funari also participated in a humanitarian surgical mission to Mexico where he performed reconstructive surgery for patients with cleft lip and palate deformities.
Upon completion of his residency, Lieutenant Commander Funari was assigned to the Naval Medical Center (NMCP) in Portsmouth, Virginia. In addition to his duties as staff to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program, he was also detailed to the USS AMERICA (CV 66). During this assignment he participated in Operation Restore Democracy in Haiti as a member of a Special Forces medical team. In 1995, Dr. Funari transferred to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) where he served as Assistant Department Head and Chairman of the Health Promotions Committee. During this assignment he was promoted to the rank of Commander and qualified for the Medical Department Surface Warfare Pin. He completed a deployment to the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Arabian Seas during which he was involved in Operation Southern Watch and supported NATO operations in the former Yugoslavia. Commander Funari was recognized for his contributions to Navy Medicine as the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON received the first Health Promotions award presented to an afloat command.
In 1996, Commander Funari returned to the Naval Medical Center (NMCP) in Portsmouth, Virginia as the Director of the Dental General Practice Residency Program and served as staff to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program. In 1997, he was selected to serve as Executive Officer of the USS KEARSARGE (LHD-3) Medical Augmentation Team and assumed responsibilities as Director of Clinical Operations of the NMCP Dental Department. In 1999, Commander Funari assumed command of the USS KEARSARGE Medical Augmentation Team, the first Dental Corps Officer to hold such a position. While serving as Commanding Officer, his team was involved in operations in the Arabian Gulf and Turkey. During that same year, Commander Funari was given the additional responsibilities of Chief of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Assistant Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program. During this tour of duty, Dr. Funari also held the position of Assistant Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University / Medical College of Virginia and Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Oral Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School.
In the summer of 2000, Dr. Funari was promoted to the rank of Captain and he assumed responsibility as Senior Clinician and Chief of the Dental / Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, Maryland. He was also assigned to the USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) as its Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. In the summer of 2002, Captain Funari took part in NATO medical exercises and provided humanitarian care to Russian refugees in Estonia while participating in Operation Baltic Challenge. In addition to his other duties, in 2003, Captain Funari was appointed to the position of Associate Director of Specialty Surgery Services, responsible for the oversight of the Departments of Dental / Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, and Urology. During his tour at the “President’s Hospital”, Dr. Funari was the senior Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in charge of the care of our nation’s political and military leaders as well as those of our NATO allies. He also led a team that was responsible for the definitive surgical management of patients who sustained head and neck injuries in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Besides his supervisory and clinical duties, Captain Funari served as a consultant to the Navy Postgraduate Dental School and served on the staff of the National Capital Consortium Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program.
Highly decorated, Captain Funari has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous unit awards.