Ray Stewart, DMD, MS, has been appointed chair of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry, in the Department of Orofacial Sciences in the UCSF School of Dentistry. He had served as interim chair since July 2018.
"I am very pleased that Ray has agreed to accept this position, and I look forward to working with him as he takes the division to new heights," said Caroline Shiboski, DDS, MPH, PhD, OFS department chair.
Dr. Stewart came to UCSF in 2014. He previously spent 12 years in UCLA's School of Dentistry, during which he directed the Pediatric Dentistry Postgraduate Program and coordinated the Craniofacial Anomalies Program. He subsequently spent 25 years in private practice before returning to UC. Dr. Stewart earned his DMD and a master of science degree in medical genetics from the University of Oregon.
Much of Dr. Stewart's career has been devoted to the care of children with craniofacial anomalies; he currently is the pediatric dental specialist on the UCSF craniofacial team at Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco. He also provides comprehensive oral rehabilitation services and teaching in the operating room where he mentors pediatric dentistry residents caring for children who cannot receive dental care in traditional outpatient settings.
Since joining the School of Dentistry, Dr. Stewart has made substantial contributions to the postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry, and guided a number of changes to further improve the program and give residents the experience and skills to become master clinicians. Working closely with the program Director Thuan Le, Dr. Stewart spearheaded the expansion of our residency to Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where we will accept two residents each year into a new two-year program starting this July. He also has been a driving force behind the newly-begun renovation of the resident clinical facility at UCSF Dental Center (Parnassus), securing a substantial loan from the Dean’s Office and working closely with University Development and Alumni Relations to secure funding for the successful completion of the project, estimated for July 1, 2019.
Dr. Stewart’s current research endeavors include projects with Alameda and San Francisco counties to develop strategies to increase access to care and to deliver comprehensive oral health services to children covered under the DentiCal program. These projects are funded under the Dental Transformation Initiative and the California Department of Health Care Services.