About Dr. Sanker
Dr. Christopher Sanker was born in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. After completing college, Dr. Sanker decided to take a year off to go to Ecuador and work in a dental clinic. His mom had advised him to look into dentistry, and he was inspired by both her encouragement and by the advice that was given to him by a friend’s father, who was a dentist. After realizing he had an interested in the dental field, he chose to go to dental school. It wasn’t until he completed a one-year General Practice residency that he realized he was more interested in surgery. He enjoyed spending time with the people in the oral and maxillofacial surgery program and liked that he was able to get a wide scope of training and experience, which always kept things interesting.
Dr. Sanker loves working at Michigan Oral Surgeons because it’s a fun practice and allows him to help a wide range of people. For Dr. Sanker, oral surgery is like solving a puzzle, and it’s extremely satisfying when he can find the solution and help a patient in need. Surgery allows him to actively and continuously help people get better right away. He likes the urgent aspect of treatment because the fast-paced environment inspires him to solve problems and helps him work towards all of the short-term treatment goals. He strives to treat everyone the way he would treat his family, and truly enjoys getting to know and caring for patients.
Education & Residency
Dr. Sanker attended Kalamazoo College for his undergraduate career, where he graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Following his year off in Ecuador at a dental clinic, Dr. Sanker chose the University of Michigan for dental school. It was here that he met and formed a lasting friendship with Dr. Lopez.
After earning his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from dental school, Dr. Sanker was fortunate enough to enter a program that allowed him to complete an oral and maxillofacial residency and medical school at the same time. When he completed both, he was honored to join our oral and maxillofacial team.
In his spare time, Dr. Sanker loves spending time with his family and friends. Raising his young daughter is a full-time hobby, but when he has the chance, he loves to travel. He has been to Ecuador, South America, Korea, and all over Europe. He also loves to cook and finds simple joy in grocery shopping at Costco.
Memberships and Affiliations
Michigan Dental Association
American Dental Association
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Michigan State Medical Society
Washtenaw District Dental Society
Washtenaw County Medical Society
Chalmers J. Lyons Academy
Michigan Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery