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Dr. Buschang, Regents Professor

Dr. Peter Buschang

Dr. Peter Buschang, Regents Professor in orthodontics

Media Resources/Steven Doll

The recognition keeps pouring in for the professor and director of orthodontic research. Here’s the latest.

And Dr. Peter Buschang thought 2011 was a big year.

Last fall, Buschang was presented with the Peter H. Buschang Endowed Professorship in Orthodontics in his honor, a recognition that left him speechless. Just over a year later, a second monumental award has come his way: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents selected the professor and director of orthodontic research as a Regents Professor.

After nearly 25 years at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, Buschang has made his mark in the research arena, specifically in the areas of craniofacial growth, the evaluation of orthodontic and surgical treatment effects, and motor-oral function.

It’s safe to say he’s impacted dental students and orthodontic residents in the process.

Since starting at the college in 1988, he has mentored more than 120 master's and doctoral students, along with 45 dental students. He also has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, 15 book chapters and 195 abstracts and has given more than 100 invited talks, lectures and courses in 12 different countries.

“It is both an honor and privilege to have been associated with the students, faculty and staff at Baylor College of Dentistry who made my Regents Professorship possible,” Buschang says.

Buschang received his doctorate in physical anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1980. He spent three years as a National Institute of Dental Research postdoctoral fellow in the University of Connecticut Department of Orthodontics and five years in the orthodontic section and Human Growth Research Center at the University of Montreal.

For his work with the American Board of Orthodontics, Buschang was awarded the Earle E. and Wilma S. Shepard Award. He is an honorary member of the American Association of Orthodontics and the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontics.

“Peter Buschang is an outstanding researcher, instructor and mentor who is highly regarded by students and whose contributions extend far beyond our dental school,” says Dean Lawrence Wolinsky. “It speaks volumes that the orthodontic alumni donated more than half-a-million dollars in his name to create the Peter H. Buschang Endowed Professorship to fund continued valuable orthodontic research. Dr. Buschang is certainly deserving of the designation as Regents Professor.”

Award recipients are designated as Regents Professors for the duration of their service or employment within the A&M System, provided a $9,000 stipend payable in $3,000 increments over three consecutive years, and receive a special medallion bearing the seal of the A&M System and a certificate signed by the chancellor and the chairman of the Board of Regents.

The designation as Regents Professor places Buschang on a growing list of Texas A&M Health Science Center faculty members to receive this distinction. TAMHSC is now home to 29 Regents Professor Award holders, whose excellence in a variety of fields of expertise has prompted their recognition. Dr. David Zawieja, TAMHSC-College of Medicine professor and vice chair of systems biology and translational medicine, also earned the award this year.