Dr. Ray White is Dalton L. McMichael Distinguished Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of North Carolina. He served as Dean of the UNC School of Dentistry from 1974 to 1981 and Associate Dean of the UNC School of Medicine from 1981 to 1992.
Before coming to UNC, Dr. White was Chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Kentucky, and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Assistant Dean for Administrative Affairs at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. White completed his surgery residency, his D.D.S. and his Ph.D. at the Medical College of Virginia after finishing a pre-med curriculum at Washington and Lee University.
Dr. White has received numerous awards and honors including: the Distinguished Service Scroll Award and the Meritorious Service Award from the North Carolina Dental Society, the John C. Brauer Award from the University of North Carolina Dental Alumni, the William Gies Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Research Achievement Award and the Torch Award from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation, the W. Harry Archer Award from the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Distinguished Educator Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences in 1982.
Dr. White has been Assistant Editor of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Co-editor of the Journal of Adult Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery. His peer reviewed publications span his academic career of over 45 years.
Dr. Ray White is an experienced clinical investigator who has focused for most of his career with Dr. William Proffit on treatment of dentofacial deformity. Currently Dr. White is principal investigator of a series of clinical trials designed to fill gaps in our knowledge of third molar management sponsored by the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and UNC Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This project has led to 130 peer reviewed publications split evenly between abstracts and papers.