Dr. Mark Austin

passion for healing and commitment to excellence

The Dr. Mark Austin Scholarship for Medical Students is a heartfelt tribute to the enduring legacy of a remarkable individual, Dr. Mark Austin. Dr. Austin’s journey in the field of dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery was marked by an unwavering commitment to excellence, a deep passion for healing, and a profound dedication to serving communities.

Born out of admiration for his life’s work, this scholarship seeks to honor and continue the values and principles that defined Dr. Austin’s extraordinary career. From his formative years at the University of North Carolina to his distinguished role as a Senior Attending in the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Facial Trauma at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Dr. Austin’s commitment to both his craft and humanitarian causes left an indelible mark.

This scholarship is not merely financial support; it’s an opportunity for aspiring medical professionals to embrace Dr. Austin’s spirit of giving back, academic excellence, and unwavering dedication to healthcare. By offering a $1,000 award through an inspiring essay contest, we aim to empower future leaders in the field of medicine who share his passion for service and his belief in the transformative power of education.

As you explore this website, you’ll delve into the life and achievements of Dr. Mark Austin, gaining insight into the extraordinary individual who serves as the inspiration behind this scholarship. We invite you to learn about the application process, eligibility criteria, and how you can contribute to this meaningful cause.

More About Dr. Mark Austin

Education & Experience

  • Education at UNC – Chapel Hill: Dr. Austin’s journey began with an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where he laid the foundation for his exceptional career.
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society: His academic prowess led to induction into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society in 1997 during his time at UNC.
  • Dental Excellence: Graduating with honors from the UNC School of Dentistry in 2001, Dr. Austin’s commitment to excellence was evident early in his educational journey.
  • General Practice Residency at MUSC: Driven by a thirst for knowledge, he pursued a rigorous two-year General Practice Residency program at the esteemed Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency: Undeterred by the challenges of his field, Dr. Austin embarked on a four-year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at MUSC, solidifying his expertise in complex surgical procedures.
  • Leadership at New Hanover Regional Medical Center: His career reached its zenith during his six-year tenure at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he assumed the role of Senior Attending in the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Facial Trauma. Here, his clinical acumen and leadership shone brightly.
  • Humanitarian Missions: Dr. Austin’s dedication extended beyond his clinical work. He engaged in mission and volunteer work, providing crucial medical treatment in distant lands like Haiti and Nicaragua, as well as serving vulnerable populations locally at the St. Mary Health Center in Wilmington.


  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: With years of dedicated practice, Dr. Austin became an expert in the specialized field of oral and maxillofacial surgery, performing complex surgical procedures with precision and care.
  • Facial Trauma: His role as a Senior Attending in the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Facial Trauma at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center showcased his expertise in managing intricate facial trauma cases.
  • Clinical Proficiency: Dr. Austin’s clinical acumen and proficiency in surgical procedures earned him the respect and trust of colleagues and patients alike.
  • Humanitarian Outreach: Beyond his medical expertise, he demonstrated expertise in humanitarian outreach by providing crucial medical treatment in underserved communities both locally and abroad.
  • Academic Excellence: Dr. Austin’s academic achievements, including induction into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, underscored his commitment to academic excellence, a quality he imparted to future generations of medical professionals.
  • Athletic Dedication: Completing multiple Full Ironman and Half Ironman races, as well as participating in marathons, showcased his dedication, discipline, and expertise in endurance sports, mirroring his commitment to his medical career.

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