Dr. Kulkarni is one of the city's most reputed authorities in Pediatric Dentistry specialised in comprehensive oral health care for infants, adolescents and children. After graduation and postgraduation from the renowned D.Y Patil University, he enjoys a long track record of 9 years as a Consultant Pediatric Dentist in successfully diagnosing and treating oral pathologies. As a competent Pediatric Dentist, he believes giving Special consideration in understanding a child's mind as a tool for successful treatment, prefer to work on early diagnosis & preventive dental care rather than rehabilitation. He has worked for 4 years as Assistant Professor & mentor for undergraduate students in the Dept. of Pedodontics, D.Y Patil Dental School, Pune. Further excelling in academics, he is currently working as head of department at Tatyasaheb Kore Dental Institute, Kolhapur since 2.5 years. Antibiotic overuse and misuse has threatened our ability to treat common infectious diseases. Dr. Kulkarni has been working in collaboration with some health institutions to identify research strategies in tackling the issue. His research work believes that second line drugs can be extracted from some known Ayurvedic herbs as they are rich source of antimicrobial agents with possibly primordial prevention against dental caries. His subjects of immense interest in research has bagged him 13 National & International Research Publications and 4 Original Research paper presentations in ISPPD Conferences on the topics like , Antimicrobial properties of specific ayurvedic herbs against oral microflora‟Saliva – a diagnostic tool & Medical approach to dental caries‟. He is a proud member of Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry & Indian Dental Association. Some of his areas of focus include delivering lectures on “Correlating Microbiology & Biotechnology with Pediatric Dentistry – Future Perspectives” to Biotechnology students. Continuing research activities in the field along with spreading social awareness about Preventive Pediatric Dentistry, his research also includes studying about 'Prevalence complications and Management of Oral Cancer in Pediatric patients.He says “I enjoy being a pediatric dentist, I believe that one of life's greatest pleasures is a child's smile; I could not ask for a greater reward,” says Dr. Kulkarni. He not only treats and influences the lives of our local children, but is an active participant in dental mission nationwide as well as a passionate researcher working for betterment of mankind.
Dr. Kulkarni Research Interests are Antibacterial properties of herbal extracts against dental caries, Saliva as diagnostic tool,Prevalence complications and Management of Oral Cancer in Pediatric patients, Pain management in pediatric dentistry, pulp therapy, working length determination in deciduous molars, biomechanical preparation in deciduous molars, obturating materials in deciduous teeth, apexogenesis, minor surgical procedures, advances in pediatric endodontics.