July 11, 2017

At the TDA’s Opening Session and Breakfast of the 150th Annual Session, Dr. H. Clifton Simmons III was presented with the TDA’s highest honor – the Dr. Jack Wells Memorial Dedication to Dentistry Award.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Simmons thanked those friends, family and educators who paved the way for the challenges and opportunities he encountered during his professional path. A native of Portland, Tennessee, Dr. Simmons graduated from the Tennessee Technological University in 1971 and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1977. Dr. Simmons has served the dental needs of the Nashville area for more than 39 years and is known for his care of patients with TMJ disorders. He has risen to the office of President in multiple organizations, including the Nashville Dental Society, Tennessee Dental Association, Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Board of Craniofacial Pain, and American Association of Dental Editors and Journalists.

Although Dr. Simmons’ honors are too numerous to mention in full, they include the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry Certificate of Merit, Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, The Haden-Stack Award for unselfish education of others in advancing the science and treatment of temporomandibular disorders and craniofacial pain, and the 2007 Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry “Dentist of the Year Award.” Known as an expert in the care of patients with TMJ disorders, Dr. Simmons’ lectures, papers and clinics are many and extend across the United States and internationally. Dr. Simmons’ faculty and editorial appointments are impressive: Assistant Clinical Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical School, Department of Dentistry, Graduate Orthodontic Residency Program; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee College of Dentistry; and Instructor, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain Institute. Dr. Simmons’ editorial appointments include Editor of the Journal of the Tennessee Dental Association, Editorial Board of the Journal of the American College of Dentists and numerous journals and official publications of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and the Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Simmons and his wife, Joan, reside in Nashville and have three children and four grandchildren. Dr. Simmons is a foreign car enthusiast and enjoys this hobby when time allows.

Article published in TDA NEWS July 2017

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