A Fireside Chat with Dr. Dan Traub

At SMOMS, we are beating the winter blues with a series of Fireside Interviews with our fantastic doctors. Sit down, warm up, and learn more about the SMOMS surgeons!

Dr. Dan Traub joined SMOMS after leaving the United States Naval Reserves in 2015, and has been treating our patients with dedicated precision and skill ever since. 

Q: What inspired you to enter the oral surgery field? 

Dr. Traub: My older brother went to dental school ahead of me and I always thought his work looked interesting. It’s a different path, but we both took it.

Q: What was the first surgery you performed?

Dr. Traub: My first surgery that I did was a tooth extraction. I think that’s pretty much the case for every oral surgeon. It’s a straightforward procedure.

Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

Dr. Traub: Oral surgeons are the only type of surgeon to take care of a patient’s anesthesia and surgery at the same time. Other surgeons have anesthesiologists take care of the first part and then come in to do the procedure. It takes your full concentration, all the time.

Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? 

Dr. Traub: Balancing both the anesthesia and surgery is very rewarding when it’s over. Seeing a successful procedure through start to finish is great. The financial stability of our jobs can’t be overlooked either. 

Q: What is your favorite procedure to perform? 

Dr. Traub: Any dentoalveolar surgery–surgery that involves the alveolar bone which is the bone which supports all of the teeth. It’s always very technical. 

Q: How does your career impact the way you see the world? 

Dr. Traub: I definitely notice people’s teeth first when I meet them. I’ve had the chance to do a good number of surgeries internationally, such as corrective palate surgeries in Asia, which is eye-opening. American dentistry strives for the highest standard, and we’re very lucky. But we’re so lucky that our dental culture starts to value cosmetic aesthetics over simple function. I think that’s important to keep in mind. 

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

Dr. Traub:  I always wanted to be a doctor. I joined the Naval reserves out of surgical school and went right to work. 

Q: What’s your favorite kind of music?

Dr. Traub: I like Pearl Jam and Led Zeppelin. 

Q: Who is one person from history who you’d like to have dinner with? 

Dr. Traub: Admiral Nimitz–the Naval Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in WWII. He’d be extremely interesting to speak with.   


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