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Dentist Recognized for Work with Disabled

Dentist Recognized for Work with Disabled

Ray A. Lyons, D.D.S, will receive the 2008 Alumni Merit Award from Creighton University’s School of Dentistry at an April 25 alumni reception and dinner.

Lyons, a 1979 graduate of the School of Dentistry, has been involved in dental care and teaching for more than 27 years. As chief of special needs dental services at the New Mexico Department of Health –Los Lunas Community Program, he has managed the oral health care of patients with complicated medical conditions and multiple disabilities. At the same time, he has served as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Dental Programs. Lyons is a member of New Mexico Governor’s Oral Health Council, and a dental consultant for UNM’s School of Medicine. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the care of patients with disabilities.

Through the years, he has held many leadership positions including national president of the Special Care Dentistry Association, national president of the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities, and oral health expert on the professional Board of Directors for Community Services Network of Western Tennessee.

His work and dedication to dentistry, teaching and patients with disabilities has not gone unnoticed. He is the 2001 recipient of the Harold Berk Award from the Federation of Special Care Organizations in Dentistry for exemplary contributions to the advancement of oral health care for persons with disabilities. He was named New Mexico Dentist of the Year in 1991, by the Pierre Fouchard Academy and Healthcare Practitioner of the Year in 2007 by the Association for Retarded Citizens of New Mexico.

While at Creighton, he was dental school student body president and vice president, received the Alpha Omega Scholarship for the highest scholastic average in his dental school class, and earned the Spirit of Creighton Award for his achievements and initiatives on behalf of the entire University.

The School of Dentistry’s Alumni Merit Award is presented annually to outstanding alumni who have provided distinguished service to the University or his or her community in a way that exemplifies the University credo. Recipients must have a personal quality that marks them as cultured and of high moral principles guided by the Jesuit ideal of being men and women for others.