Please join the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) in congratulating Dr. Steven Rayes for being selected as Chair of the Oral Clinical Exam (OCE) Committee. Dr. Rayes was Board Certified in 2007, and first volunteered as an Examiner in 2011. He has served as both a committee member and part leader.
"Dr. Rayes has demonstrated his depth of knowledge and his commitment to our specialty. As a member of the OCE team, his work has been exemplary and we are fortunate to have his expertise and leadership," says Dr. Ed Ginsberg, Board of Director Nominee.
Dr. Rayes graduated with a Dental Degree in General Dentistry from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. After this, he attended a General Practice Residency in order to learn more advanced techniques and gain a deeper understanding of dental concepts.
Dr. Rayes began his career providing dental services to adults and children in the remote villages of Alaska utilizing small aircraft and portable dental gear in the remote areas of Dillingham, Alaska and on Kodiak Island. After eight years of service, it became clear that he loved working with children and this led to his decision to return to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry for three years of additional training to attain a master’s degree in pediatric dentistry. After his training, Dr. Rayes returned to Alaska to continue his Public Health Service. While in Alaska, he was instrumental in the development of a Pediatric Dental Residency Training Program in cooperation with NYU Lutheran and the Alaska Native Medical Center. He became a clinical instructor and taught pediatric dentistry initially, and eventually, was selected to be the director of the training program.
Dr. Rayes has received numerous honor awards throughout his career including the Kenneth Eastlick Award for Academic and Clinical Excellence. He was recognized for his leadership skills and outstanding service to children by receiving an early, exceptional capabilities promotion to rank of Colonel/Captain in the US Public Health Service.
Dr. Rayes is an avid pilot and loves spending time with his lovely wife Lisa and their three children, as well as their family dog. They enjoy a number of outdoor activities including kayaking, hiking, camping, are all avid fishermen, and they love snow activities including snowshoeing, skiing and, of course, the children love to dogmush! The family also loves to farm.