Dr. Terry D. Rees accrued 60 prolific years in dentistry prior to his retirement in 2017. Starting out as a dentist for the U.S. Army, he first earned a DDS from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis in 1957 before completing several certifications in advanced dentistry, periodontology and a Master of Science in dentistry from such institutions as the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Brook Army Medical Center and the Baylor College of Dentistry. He is board certified by the American Board of Oral Medicine and American Board of Periodontology.
Dr. Rees was hired by the Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas in 1984 as a professor of periodontics in their Stomatology Center. Maintaining this prominent role for 33 years, he attained emeritus status in 2017 at the Texas A&M Health Science Center in Bryan. During his tenure in academia, he was also a board member of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation; consultant for the American Board of Dental Examiners and the committee on scientific affairs of the American Dental Association; and chair of the American Board of Periodontology subcommittee on AIDS and infectious diseases of the American Academy of Periodontology and the Southwest Society of Periodontists.
A renowned contributor to professional publications as well, Dr. Rees has authored more than 250 scientific publications, was an invited lecturer to more than 450 lecture presentations and continuing education programs, and an ad-hoc reviewer for 19 peer-reviewed journals. He has presented at table clinics locally, nationally and internationally, as well as served as an editorial member of numerous advisory boards. Furthermore, Dr. Rees has maintained membership with over 10 different dental societies or organizations, such as the International Oral Lichen Planus Support Group.
Among his notable achievements, Dr. Rees is most proud of the Terry Rees Endowed Chair in Stomatology title, named in his honor and established by the Texas A&M College of Dentistry after obtaining more than $1 million in university-funded support. In 2016, he was invited to serve as the host of the International Pemphigus/Pemphigoid Foundation Annual Session in Austin, Texas, and was a 2005 Distinguished Periodontal Alumnus at the Baylor College of Dentistry. Impressively, Dr. Rees was listed in “Best Dentists in America” from 2003 to 2017 and was recognized as an extraordinary professor of graduate periodontics by Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1987.
Dr. Rees became involved in his profession after listening to a dental professional speak before his class during his undergraduate college years. Influenced by the dentist’s resounding words, he later directed a program for training U.S. Army dental assistants and hygienists for the dental headquarters in Washington, DC. As a result of his lectures, Dr. Rees was allowed to pick any specialty he desired, and decided to pursue periodontics because of the specialty’s unique involvement in the treatment of patients.
Attributing his success to his mentors over the years, Dr. Rees particularly cites Dr. William Hurt as a resounding influence. Earlier in his career, he was called upon by Dr. Hurt to establish the Stomatology Center at Baylor University at Dr. Hurt’s retirement, which led to his board certification in oral medicine and periodontics. Looking toward the future, Dr. Rees intends to enjoy his full retirement and spend more time with his family.
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