Dr. Sami Bahri runs a Jacksonville, FL, private dental practice His desire to know how other industries manage resources to deliver value to customers led him to study Total Quality Management, Six Sigma, and ultimately in 1996, Lean Management after reading Lean Thinking by James Womack and Daniel Jones. By 2006, Bahri Dental Group provided the same amount of dental treatments as 2005, but needed 40% less resources, thanks to the application of “Lean Dental Management.” In 2007, he presented his work as a keynote speaker at the Shingo Prize Conference where he was recognized as the “World's First Lean Dentist.” He lectures nationally and internationally on implementing lean management in dentistry. Dr. Bahri is the author of Follow the Learner: The Role of a Leader in Creating a Lean Culture (2009), published by the Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc.
In 2010, Follow the learner won the Shingo Award for Research and Professional Publication.
In 2012, Dr. Bahri co-authored a DVD in collaboration with Bruce Hamilton and GBMP. Single Patient Flow, Applying Lean Principles to Healthcare won the 2013 Shingo Award for Research and Professional Publication.
Dr. Bahri was born in Lebanon where he received his dental degree from the Saint Joseph Jesuit Dental School in 1977. He then spent three years at the University of Paris, specializing in dental prosthodontics. After returning to Lebanon, he opened his first dental practice, began teaching dentistry, and in 1984 became the founding director of a new dental school at the Lebanese University. In 1990, Dr Bahri moved to Jacksonville and launched a two dental chair practice with his wife, Dr. Micheline Baz Bahri.