Meet Dr. Latif


Jamal Latif, DDS, MPH

Dr. Jamal Latif was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He grew up in the restaurant industry working alongside his father, a chef. In 2008, they opened Lavash Cafe, a Mediterranean restaurant in Clintonville. Lavash Cafe has been critically acclaimed and a fixture of the Columbus restaurant scene. Through his work from a young age in the service industry, Dr. Latif was able to learn about the art of providing excellent hospitality to customers with a caring and personal touch. 

 Dr. Latif went to The Ohio State University for his undergraduate studies. There he discovered his love of science and service, and that both could be combined through the practice of dentistry. After graduation from Ohio State with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology in 2012, he pursued further training at University of Pittsburgh’s School of Public Health. At Pitt, he was able to dive into the larger context of the U.S. health care system and gained analytic skills to complement his eventual training in dentistry. He earned a Master of Public Health with an environmental and occupational health specialization.

 Dr. Jamal returned to Columbus for clinical training at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. There, he learned how to provide compassionate and clinically excellent care to address the needs of his patients. In 2019, he completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. 

 He is a member of the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) and the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Jamal is also an avid community leader in Clintonville, where he has been able to use his platform as a restaurant owner for community service on a wide range of issues, from refugee and immigrant needs to addressing food scarcity.