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Pre-Medical Society's Outstanding Service Award in Medicine

Celebrating our alumni leaders

This award is sponsored by the Alumni Association, the School of Sciences and Mathematics, and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Society. The award recognizes a College of Charleston graduate whose practice of medicine, including dental, veterinary, and related medical sciences represents remarkable achievement, and who demonstrates an enduring commitment to the College and his or her community.

2019 Pre-Medical Society's Outstanding Service Award in Medicine

Theresa Sullivan Gonzales ’79

Theresa Sullivan Gonzales grew up in Walhalla, SC, and graduated from the College of Charleston in 1979. She received her D.M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 1984, followed by residencies in general practice and oral and maxillofacial pathology through Walter Reed and Naval Postgraduate Dental School, as well as a fellowship in orofacial pain at the National Naval Medical Center. She holds master’s degrees from George Washington University in oral biology and in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. After nearly 30 years of distinguished service, Gonzales retired from the United States Army in 2013, as consultant to the Surgeon General in orofacial pain management with the rank of Colonel.

In 2013, she joined MUSC as director of orofacial pain management and as a professor in oral pathology. She became a tenured professor in 2015, and was named associate dean of curriculum and communication for the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at MUSC.

She has been the recipient of many awards during her career including the Legion of Merit from the United States Army and the Surgeon General’s A designator for clinical excellence, the MUSC Distinguished Alumnus Service Award, the Outstanding Clinician Award, James B, Edwards College of Dental Medicine in 2017, the 2016 Dental industry Icon Award and the Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award as Outstanding Women Dentist in 2013.

In 2017, Gonzales was named Executive Director of the American College of Dentists in Gaithersburg, MD. This organization is committed to advancing ethics, education, professionalism and leadership in healthcare.

Pre-Medical Society's Outstanding Service Award in Medicine Past Recipients


H. Biemann Othersen, Jr., '50
Peter C. Gazes, '42 *
Donald R. Johnson II, '80
Jonathan L. Cook '88
Margaret E. Mohrmann '69
John F. Tisdale ‘86
Joseph B. Anderson '86
James B. Edwards '50*
Robert T. Ball, Jr. '66
Ebony J. Hilton '04
Rahul N. Mehra '83
Deborah Deas '78
Gary Walsh Thomas ’83