The University of Florida College of Dentistry recently appointed M. Franklin Dolwick, D.M.D., Ph.D., as the College of Dentistry Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Endowed Professor for a three-year term in recognition of his international reputation as an outstanding educator, scientist and clinician and his pioneering work in the development of temporomandibular joint diagnostic (TMJ) and surgical procedures.
“Frank Dolwick brings a level of expertise, knowledge and experience to our college that is unmatched and we are extremely fortunate that he has devoted 28 years of his career, so far, to teaching UF students and caring for patients in our community,” said Teresa A. Dolan, D.D.S., M.P.H., professor and dean.
Dolwick is a professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and head of Hospital Dentistry. His research on TMJ disorders garnered the prestigious Research Recognition Award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in 1993. This appointment honors his 41-year career as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, 28 years of which have been invested in resident education and patient care at the University of Florida.
Parker E. Mahan, D.D.S., who passed away in August 2010, was a professor emeritus at the college and an internationally known expert on orofacial pain, having built a distinguished career devoted to the study and treatment of oral pain. The endowed professorship was established in honor of Mahan to support an endowment for a faculty member whose expertise is in orofacial pain and who contributes to the teaching of orofacial pain in the D.M.D. curriculum.