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Buschang given honorary membership

Dr. BuschangDr. Peter Buschang, professor and director of orthodontic research, recently was bestowed an honor shared by few others: he was made an honorary member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists. He was inducted into the organization at its international biennial meeting in San Antonio on Nov. 5-9.

Buschang was one of several HSC-BCD faculty members with leadership roles at the conference (see HSC-BCD stories). The Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists currently has more than 660 active members, which constitute approximately 5 percent of North American orthodontists, plus more than 70 orthodontists from other countries. Membership is exclusive, by invitation only.

“It was really a neat surprise,” Buschang says of his membership. “It’s such a small group, a highly selective society.”

Buschang’s honor recognizes his contributions to the advancement of orthodontics. He earned his doctoral degree in physical anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, performed postdoctoral research at the University of Connecticut, and was an FRSQ scholar at the University de Montreal. He joined HSC-BCD in 1988. He also holds an active adjunct faculty position at St. Louis University.

Buschang’s research focuses on craniofacial growth, assessments of masticatory function, and the evaluation of treatment outcomes. He has served as a mentor of more than 100 theses and has written more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

The Angle Society honorary membership is an especially important honor for Buschang because so few other individuals have been similarly recognized. The society has awarded only six other individuals honorary membership since its founding in 1931. This is not the only honorary membership Buschang has received from an orthodontic organization. He is one of only four honorary members of the American Association of Orthodontists, a special honor that was bestowed in 2005. He also is an honorary member of the Angle Society’s Southwest component.

“Membership in the Angle Society is very special to me, as is my membership to the AAO,” Buschang says. “I consider these groups to be the best orthodontists in the field.”