Dr. Tanaka is board-certified by the American Board of Oral Medicine and holds fellowship status at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Dr. Tanaka earned a DDS degree from the Hiroshima University School of Dentistry in Japan in 1993. After completion of a residency program in endodontics and periodontology at Osaka University, she was appointed to the faculty in preventive dentistry at Hiroshima University School of Dentistry, where she engaged in hospital dentistry. Dr. Tanaka was involved in research in the fields of hemostasis and vascular biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine on a scholarship from 1998-1999. Dr. Tanaka completed her residency and a fellowship in Oral Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in 2004. She was a tenured associate professor at the University of Detroit Mercy and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Michigan for 9 years.
Her areas of expertise include oral mucosal diseases, oral cancer, and orofacial pain/TMJ disorders. In addition to her clinical and didactic teaching in the area of oral medicine, Dr. Tanaka provides consultation services and CE lectures at dental societies nationally and internationally. She accepts new patients at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine in Philadelphia and Penn Medicine at Radnor.