Dr. Terry Rees
Dr. Terry Rees - 25 Years
While reflecting on the past 25 years at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, Dr. Terry Rees sums up his feelings when he says, "I love my job."
As professor of periodontics and director of the Stomatology Center, Rees' best memory is of his first assignment when he arrived at the college 25 years ago. He was charged with creating the Stomatology Center, which is devoted to the diagnosis, treatment and research of unusual oral diseases and disorders that are often difficult to diagnose and manage.
Since the center's establishment, thousands of patients have visited with unusual mouth lesions ranging from canker sores to cancer. Diseases such as lichen planus, mucous membrane pemphigoid and pemphigus vulgaris have been commonly encountered along with dry and burning mouth and allergic reactions to foods, toothpastes and dental restorative materials.
Rees says the challenge of the job makes it rewarding and interesting. He enjoys supervising students in providing hands-on care for the patients, and he also treats patients daily. With video and Internet technology advances over the years, Rees has enjoyed interacting with medical and dental professionals from all over the world on challenging patient cases. He says he finds time to publish scientific papers fairly often.
When asked about his hobbies outside of work, Rees replies that work is his hobby. "I am always happy to come to work each day and find it hard to leave it alone during the days when I am not working," he says. Yet he adds that he and his wife, Bo, whom he also calls his best friend and barber, love to travel as often as they can. In addition, he is an avid reader and can often be found at a certain half-priced book store searching for the next great read.
Rees is happy in his work and says that he is a fortunate man. "My five surviving children are now mature successful adults with wonderful families. They have rewarded us with 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. What more could one ask?"