Dolwick receives Osbon Award for outstanding educator

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Dolwick, left, and Dr. David Kim, chair, OMS Faculty Section at LSU Health Science Center in Shreveport, La.

M. Franklin Dolwick, D.M.D., Ph.D., received the Donald B. Osbon Award for an Outstanding Educator on Oct. 9 during the opening ceremony of the 95th Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) in Orlando, Fla. The Osbon Award is presented to those who exhibit the highest ideals of an educator. They must earn the respect of their peers in education, foster an excellent relationship between their educational program and oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the community, be actively involved in efforts to improve residency and continuing education, and they must also be respected and admired by current and former residents.

Dolwick received his D.M.D. from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. and certification in oral and maxillofacial surgery from the Medical College of Virginia.  He is a professor and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.  He was appointed the Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Endowed Professor in March 2013 and serves as residency program director. He also serves as a member of the Craniofacial Cleft-Palate Team and on the sleep medicine faculty.

Dolwick has trained more than 110 OMS residents, and 15 international and seven U.S. fellows. He has also mentored hundreds of dental students, with approximately 100 of them going on to an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program.

A pioneer in the development of TMJ arthrography and surgical procedures for the treatment of TMJ internal derangement, Dolwick’s current research interest is temporomandibular joint arthrocentesis, office-based arthroscopy and total joint reconstruction, and the treatment of temporomandibular joint internal derangement and osteoarthritis.


More than 5,000 registrants, including oral and maxillofacial surgeons from around the world, attended the AAOMS Annual Meeting where they conducted association business, discussed surgical procedures, earned continuing education credits and met with dental industry suppliers.

Saving Face | Changing Lives® — The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the professional organization representing more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States, supports its fellows’ and members’ ability to practice their specialty through education, research and advocacy. AAOMS fellows and members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office anesthesia evaluations.