San Antonio, Texas – Dr. Ronald C. Auvenshine was awarded Fellowship in The Academy of Dentistry International during convocation ceremonies held at the Annual Meeting of the USA Section on October 15, 2008. Fellowship in the Academy is an honor bestowed upon dentists who have distinguished themselves in their profession and who were nominated for the award by an active Fellow of the Academy.
The Academy is an honorific organization founded to assist in providing continuing dental education to the dental profession in lesser-developed countries. In addition, the Academy is involved in humanitarian projects around the world and through its Foundation provides grants and funds for education, patient care, professional improvement, and other avenues which promote the advancement of the dental profession and human welfare.
The Academy inducted 40 new Fellows from the United States into its 2008 Honors Class at a Convocation Ceremony carried out during its meeting. Currently the Academy has members in 64 different countries around the world. This year new Fellows have been inducted in convocations held in Recife, Brazil; Paraguay: Toronto, CanAmerican Dental Association, and Stockholm, Sweden.
The Academy of Dentistry International is an honor society for dentists dedicated to sharing knowledge through continuing education in order to elevate the standard of dental care, better serve the dental health needs and improve the quality of life throughout the world. By the support and sponsorship of special educational and service projects, the Academy directly contributes to the improvement of dental health and to the well being of people worldwide.
Dr. Auvenshine graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta, Georgia in 1971 with a doctorate in dental surgery (DDS). In 1976, he received a doctorate of philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in human anatomy from LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans. He has maintained a practice in Houston since 1978. His practice is dedicated to the treatment of chronic facial pain and Temporomandibular Disorders. Dr. Auvenshine is an assistant professor in the Department of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He is the founder and director of the Orofacial Pain Clinic at the Michael E. DeBakey V.A. Hospital Houston. Dr. Auvenshine is married to his wife Linda; they have been married for forty-one years. Dr. Auvenshine has one son, Chris, who is a multi-organ transplant surgeon at UCLA Medical Center. He is married and has two daughters, Madeline, 9, and Ann Marie, 6.