ST. LOUIS—Robert J. Bray, DDS, MS, an orthodontist with offices in Absecon, Somers Point, Marmora and Wildwood, N.J., has been elected secretary-treasurer of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). The announcement was made recently at the AAO’s 107th Annual Session in Seattle.
The AAO is the oldest and largest dental specialty organization in the world. It is comprised of 15,500 members in the United States, Canada and abroad. Founded in 1900, the AAO supports research and education leading to quality patient care and promotes increased public awareness of the need for and benefits of orthodontic treatment.
“I am honored to serve as AAO secretary-treasurer. I hope my efforts will contribute to our members and the patients they serve,” Dr. Bray said”.
Dr. Bray is a 1973 graduate of the University , Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. He received his certificate of orthodontics from the Eastman Dental Center and then received a master’s degree from the University of Rochester Medical Dental School in 1975. Dr. Bray served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force as chief of orthodontics at Edwards Flight Test Center for two years. He is in private practice with his partner, E. Gregg Pfund, DDS, MSD.
Dr. Bray is active in orthodontic education. He is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Orthodontics at ties as an outstanding alumnus from Eastman Dental Center, University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Bray has been invited to return to the department of orthodontics and present during their “Visiting Alumni Lecture Series.” He has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on the subjects of clinical practice, practice management, office design and the patient manager system.
Dr. Bray is a diplomate of The American Board of Orthodontics and a fellow of both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He is vice chair of AAO Services, Inc., the for-profit subsidiary of the AAO. Dr. Bray is a member of the North Atlantic Component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists.
Among his many community activities, Dr. Bray has served as a board member of the American Red Cross and past president of the Brigantine Board of Education. He has also served on the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America. Currently, Dr. Bray is a board member of in Somers Point and also serves on the advisory board of the College Preparatory School of Southern New Jersey.
Dr. Bray is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association, the New Jersey Dental Association and the Atlantic Cape May County Dental Society. He has represented the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists on the AAO Board of Trustees since 2000.
Orthodontists are uniquely qualified to correct improperly aligned teeth and jaws. They are specialists in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The American Dental Association requires orthodontists to have at least two academic years of post-doctoral, advanced specialty training from an accredited orthodontic residency program, after graduation from dental school.