Ray C. Williams

Ray WilliamsDean, School of Dental Medicine
Ray C. Williams, DMD, is Dean of the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University. An expert in periodontal disease, Dr. Williams' research interests include clinical and translational research in pharmacological modification of the host response to treat periodontal disease, the risk for periodontitis, periodontitis as a risk for systemic disease, and wound healing around teeth and dental implants. As an educator, he has trained more than 120 individuals in the specialty of Periodontics who have gone on to positions in private practice, academia, and industry. Dr. Williams received the University of North Carolina’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction and Mentoring. He also received the 2008 American Academy of Periodontology’s Gold Medal Award. A graduate of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, Dr. Williams also received a Certificate in Periodontology & Oral Medicine from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Prior to his appointment at the University of North Carolina, he was Head of the Department of Periodontology at Harvard. He is a member of the American and International Associations of Dental Research, the American Dental Education Association, the American Dental Association, the American and International College of Dentists and the American Academy of Periodontology where he serves on the Continuing Education Oversight Committee and the Tarrson Fellowship Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Periodontology. 

Dr. Williams has authored more than 130 papers on periodontal disease and related dental issues. He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Periodontology, The Compendium of Continuing Dental Education, the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, the Chinese Journal of Dental Research and the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry.