To meet Dr. Sarraf is to be introduced to a personification of enthusiasm, energy, curiosity and intelligence all wrapped up in COFS’s newest oral surgeon.
Dr. Sarraf, son of a physician, emigrated with his family from his birthplace of Baghdad, Iraq at age 11. They lived in Tazewell County in western Virginia before settling in Chesterfield County when he was in 7th grade. He is a graduate of Thomas Dale High School in Chester.
While still in his undergraduate years at the University of Virginia, Dr. Sarraf was drawn to the medical field. Encouraged by his older sister, a VCU/MCV-trained dentist, he observed facial repair surgery by VCU oral surgeon, Dr. Omar Abubaker, and the rest, as they say, is history. “Most people don’t recognize the critical value of a person’s appearance,” he explains. “Oral surgeons take pride in our work, providing a much-needed and excellent service.”
He chose to become a COFS doctor for several reasons: “the work environment, especially the collegial aspect of this practice; the doctors here work as a team; there is a culture of working together and learning from each other. This practice is also a well-known group with an excellent reputation,” he continues with a smile.
What do I enjoy most about being an oral surgeon? “It’s tough to pick just one thing. My first response would be “everything!” But honestly, what I like most is the patient interaction, especially with kids. I like to listen to patients and hear their stories. It’s my best joy.”
Dr. Sarraf is married to Dr. Sara Sarraf, an OB-GYN with Virginia Women’s Center. They recently welcomed their second child.
Dr. Sarraf is excited to practice full scope oral and maxillofacial surgery in the Richmond community, with particular interests in orthognathics, implants, and oral pathology.
Dr. Sarraf received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Specialization in Biochemistry, graduating with distinction from the University of Virginia in 2004. He received his D.D.S in 2009 from Virginia Commonwealth University where he received numerous academic awards and went on to complete his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency in 2013, also from VCU.
He is a member of the American Dental Association, The Virginia Dental Association, The Richmond Dental Society, The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Psi Omega Dental Fraternity.
‘I’m passionate about volunteerism,’ he states. ”While in dental school I had the opportunity to participate in a mission trip to a rural area of Jamaica. It opened my eyes to their desperate needs, and I would like to continue donating my services to this endeavor.” He also spent time in Honduras doing cleft lip and palate surgery and has participated in the Mission of Mercy project through the Virginia Dental Association. “It’s very tiring, but more rewarding than a vacation,” he states enthusiastically.
Dr. Sarraf was recently recognized with a Top Dentist Award by both Richmond Magazine and The Virginia Dental Association as one of RVA’s “Top 40 under 40” dental professionals, representing the field of Oral Surgery. This honor was awarded to the best and brightest in their respective dental specialties. “I’m excited and honored to be a part of that select group,” he states humbly.
On fatherhood: “It’s exciting to be a parent! I was very emotional when each of my children were born. I’ve learned that you begin living for different things, and I’m still adjusting! I’m enjoying every moment of being a father.
Favorite pass time: Pre-parenthood, he and his wife enjoyed traveling. Some of their favorite places included Turkey, Hong Kong, Belize, Costa Rica, and Machu Picchu.
Favorite movie: Big Fish “About a relationship between a son and his dad, it touched home for me. I admire my dad a lot; he has always been a motivation for me and has always been there for us.”
Hobbies: Running (enjoy the Monument 10k); hiking; cooking
Words of wisdom: “Every day is a new experience; I’m lucky to be here to enjoy it!”
His staff describes him: Approachable, honest, funny, energetic. Thorough with care; great attitude about work and life in general. Friendly, competent, and confident.