Best and brightest

UF Health faculty members receive endowed professorships and chairs

Best and brightest

UF Health faculty members receive endowed professorships and chairs

By Tyler Francischine
UF College of Dentistry Dean A. Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H., joins M. Franklin Dolwick, D.M.D., Ph.D., after he was named the Academy One Hundred Eminent Scholar.

Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H., Dean of the University of Florida College of Dentistry and M. Franklin Dolwick, D.M.D., Ph.D.

The impact he’s left on lives across Gainesville is as omnipresent as the colors orange and blue. M. Franklin Dolwick, D.M.D., Ph.D., has spent the last 35 years treating dental patients and  instructing students and residents as the chair of  the UF College of Dentistry’s department of oral  and maxillofacial surgery.

Dolwick’s storied career was recognized during the 2019 Celebrating Distinction ceremony, held Oct. 22 in the DeWeese Auditorium of the McKnight Brain Institute of UF, where Dolwick was named the Academy One Hundred Eminent Scholar.

“Dr. Dolwick’s expertise and dedication as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, teacher, researcher and leader has created a lasting legacy of healing and excellence and has made a difference for patients, oral surgery residents, dental students and colleagues,” said UF College of Dentistry Dean A. Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H. “I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor than Frank Dolwick.”

Dolwick said his life’s calling feels more like a passion than work.

“I truly love what I do. I’m one of those people who feel like they’ve never worked a day in their lives. I enjoy improving the quality of life for my patients and taking away their pain,” he said.

David R. Nelson, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health, opened and closed the eighth annual ceremony by expressing his gratitude for the contributions of the 21 UF Health faculty members recognized and their donors alike.

“Of all the events I get to attend, this is probably my favorite. Looking around the room and thinking about the impact that each of you has created in science and health care is a privilege,” Nelson said. “Our benefactors who support what we do every day at UF Health give us a sustainable plan to advance science.”

Of the 21 faculty members recognized, a majority belonged to the  UF College of Medicine.

“We have 18 wonderful UF College of Medicine faculty members to recognize today,” said UF College of Medicine interim dean Joseph A. Tyndall, M.D., M.P.H., during the ceremony. “That is truly a testament to the important work being done here.”

College of Dentistry
Franklin Dolwick, D.M.D., Ph.D., Academy One Hundred Eminent Scholar

College of Medicine
Laurel Blakemore, M.D., Shriners Professorship in Pediatric Orthopaedics Martin J. Cohn, Ph.D., Edward R. Koger Chair for Basic Cancer Research Peter Dziegielewski, M.D., Kenneth W. Grader Professorship

Kevin Farmer, M.D., Peter Indelicato, M.D., Professorship in Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine

Matthew Farrer, Ph.D., Lauren and Lee Fixel Professorship

Tirisham V. Gyang, M.D., William T. and Janice M. Neely Professorship for Research in Multiple Sclerosis

Thomas S. Huber, M.D., Ph.D., Edward R. Woodward Professorship Giridhar Kalamangalam, M.D., D.Phil., B.J. and Eve Wilder Professorship in Epilepsy

Samsun Lampotang, Ph.D., Joachim S. Gravenstein in Anesthesiology Alicia Mohr, M.D., Edward R. Woodward Professorship

Thomas E. Read, M.D., Cracchiolo Family Professorship in Surgery

Rolf Renne, Ph.D., Henry E. Innes Professorship in Cancer Research Marco Salemi, Ph.D., Stephany W. Holloway University Chair in AIDS Research

John C. Smulian, M.D., M.P.H., B.L. Stalnaker Professorship in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Patrick J. Tighe, M.D., M.S., Donn Dennis, M.D., Professorship in Anesthetic Innovation

Gilbert R. Upchurch Jr., M.D., Edward M. Copeland III and Ann & Ira Horowitz Department Chair

Kevin R. Vincent, M.D., John H. and Mary Lou Dasburg Chair in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Weizhou Zhang, Ph.D., Dr. and Mrs. James Robert Spencer Professorship of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine

College of Pharmacy

Jurgen Bulitta, Ph.D., Perry A. Foote Eminent Scholar Chair Daohong

Zhou, M.D., Harry E. Innes Professorship in Cancer Research