Atlanta, Georgia – Dr. Ronald C. Auvenshine was selected as the Distinguished Alumnus of Emory University School of Dentistry for 2011. The award was presented at the Annual Alumni Reception at the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta, Georgia on March 25, 2011. Dr. Auvenshine graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1971. After serving two years of military duty at Fort Riley, Kansas as a dental officer, Dr. Auvenshine entered LSU Medical School of Graduate Studies in New Orleans and in 1976 received a Ph.D. in Human Anatomy. Following 2 years of full time academic service at LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans, Dr. Auvenshine moved to Houston. In 1979, Dr. Auvenshine established his practice which is solely devoted to the treatment of TMD and Orofacial Pain. In addition to his practice, Dr. Auvenshine has lectured nationally and internationally. He is a member of the faculty at University of Texas Dental Branch Houston as well as the founder and director of the TMD and Orofacial Pain Clinic at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Hospital in Houston, Texas. He is a Past-President of the Greater Houston Dental Society and Past-President of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.
The first recipient of the Emory Distinguished Alumnus Award was Dr. Parker E Mahan. Dr. Mahan was Dr. Auvenshine’s mentor at Emory and close personal friend. In the words of Dr. Auvenshine, “It was Dr. Mahan’s influence and friendship at Emory that motivated me to pursue a career in Orofacial Pain. To have my name associated with such a distinguished gentleman as Dr. Mahan is truly an honor beyond my comprehension.”
Dr. Auvenshine continues to be actively involved in his practice, imaging center, research, and consulting.