Dr Tarraf completed his Bachelor of Dentistry at Cairo University with Honours in 2001 followed by an Orthodontic residency at Cairo University before moving to Sydney with his wife in 2005 to join the Orthodontic Masters Degree program.
Dr Tarraf finished his Masters Degree in Orthodontics at the University of Sydney in 2008 with Honours. He also received the University Award for the best overall postgraduate performance in the Masters Degree at the Faculty of Dentistry as well as the International Merit scholarship for three consecutive years.
Dr Taraf also completed the membership exams in orthodontics for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2008. He is also a member of the Australian Dental Association, Australian Society of Orthodontists, European Society of Orthodontics and the Australasian Society of Lingual Orthodontics.
Dr Tarraf worked for a period between private practice in Canberra and teaching at the University of Sydney where he was involved in research and teaching as well as the management of complex cases that qualify for treatment in the public system. He then joined the Chatswood practice in 2010, taking over ownership in 2012.
He enjoys treating both children and adults with an emphasis on achieving facial and dental harmony. He believes in the importance of correct treatment timing in growing children to achieve the best dental and facial outcomes while making the treatment both simple and enjoyable. Dr Tarraf also has a particular interest in the use of aesthetic and invisible appliances such as Invisalign. He is one of Sydney’s leading practitioners of lingual (behind the teeth braces) Incognito. He believes that with today’s technology every patient can be offered an invisible treatment solution.
Dr Tarraf is one of Sydney’s pioneers in the use TADs (Temporary Anchorage Devices), he has used them since 2003 and successfully integrated them into our treatment protocols here in Chatswood. TADs are a technology that greatly increases what is achievable through orthodontics for many patients with missing teeth and severe skeletal discrepancies. It has also expanded the treatment options for adult patients with complicated bite problems.
Dr Tarraf also has an interest in teaching and research and is involved in both fields at the University of Sydney where he is doing a part time PhD on the applications of TADs in the management of maxillary (upper jaw) deficiency in growing children. He also teaches regularly at the Long Ortho Course part of the University of Sydney program for continuing professional development for general dentists. He has lectured both nationally and internationally and has a number of published papers and in 2013 he was awarded the Emerging Lecturer Award by the Australian Dental Association and Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Dr Tan is a keen triathlete and is often found racing Triathlon in one of Sydney's beauty spots, handing over the kids as batons! He likes to run or ride his bicycle to Chatswood (he'd even swim here if he could...) so next time you bump into him on the road send him a friendly wave. He also enjoys golf and used to play a handicap 5 in wistful years gone by.