Ira Klemons Receives Alumni Professional Achievement Award from McDaniel College

Ira Klemons of South Amboy, N.J., is a 1969 alumnus of McDaniel College

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WESTMINSTER, MD (10/25/2013)(readMedia)-- Ira Klemons of South Amboy, N.J., has received the alumni professional achievement award from McDaniel College. He is a 1969 alumnus of the college.

Presented annually during McDaniel's Homecoming, the alumni professional achievement award is presented to a graduate who has gained distinction in his/her chosen field or profession and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on McDaniel College.

Klemons studied pre-dentistry at Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College. He went on to complete the nation's first Ph.D. related to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic headaches, facial pain and TMJ disorders and subsequently built one of the largest practices for people who suffer from these problems. He has authored or co-authored 33 scholarly publications, made more than 48 media appearances and given over 108 scientific programs and lectures.

Before earning his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University in 1981, Klemons spent time abroad studying medical anthropology, where he also treated inhabitants of a leper colony in Nepal and consulted with the Dalai Lama on preventative medicine after treating patients in Tibet.

His volunteer medical service has earned him the Humanitarian Service Award from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and a certificate of recognition of volunteer service in a foreign country by the American Dental Association. Klemons has been an expert witness in national legal cases involving head and facial pain and TM joint dysfunction, a consultant to the Chronic Pain Institute in New York City, and a lifetime member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Police Benevolent Association. He is past president of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and the New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and past chair on the American Board of Radiofrequency Surgery.

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McDaniel College, recognized nationally among "40 Colleges that Change Lives" and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel's degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.