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The Royal College of Surgeons of England will induct Dr. Donald Booth, professor and chair emeritus of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Boston University School of Dental Medicine (BUSDM), as a fellow of dental surgery at a formal diplomate ceremony at the College’s London headquarters November 3. The College has elected just four American oral and maxillofacial surgeons in its history.
“It is a special honor for me to be elected to The Royal College of Surgeons of England, an organization whose origins date back to the reign of Henry VIII in 1540,” says Booth. “The College is the premier organization responsible for the establishment and maintenance of standards of care for surgery in the United Kingdom.”
Royal College Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery Brian Avery announced Booth’s unanimous election, citing his “enormous contributions to the profession” as support for his admission to the College. As an elected fellow, Booth will have full voting privileges in the College. “I look forward to meeting and interacting with my many friends in the Faculty of Dental Surgery,” Booth says.
Booth served as BUSDM department chair from 1970 to 2001, during which time he saw the initiation and growth of the resident training program in oral and maxillofacial surgery; the growth of the faculty from one to six full-time Board-certified surgeons; and the inclusion of Boston City Hospital, Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, and Franciscan Children’s Hospital into residents’ education.
Booth is a past president of both the Massachusetts Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), and the current treasurer of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS).