The Michael T. Rainwater Dentist of the Year Award was created by NDDS in 1971 to recognize annually a member of the organization who has contributed significantly to the progress of dental health and the dental profession, and who has demonstrated good citizenship by participation in worthwhile community affairs.

Henry B. Benson Jr., DDS Named Dentist of the Year

The newest recipient of the Michael T. Rainwater Dentist of the Year Award

2023 Dentist of the Year

HenryBensonThe Northern District Dental Society is proud to announce Dr. Henry Benson as the newest recipient of the Michael T. Rainwater Dentist of the Year Award Dr. Henry Benson has been in private practice since 1978 and is an Atlanta native. After completing two years of his undergraduate degree at Auburn University he transferred to Emory University to finish his Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Dr. Benson also obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Emory in 1978. He has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at the Dental College of Georgia in Augusta and is very active in the local District, State, and National dental organizations.

Dr. Benson is committed to helping his patients maintain optimal dental health and is dedicated to serving the community both locally through volunteer organizations and through national advocacy.

Locally he is active with his church, The Cathedral of St. Philip, previously serving on the Chapter (governing board), finance team, outreach, and usher team. He has assisted in the building of 19 (and counting) Habitat for Humanity homes in the Metro Atlanta area.

Dr. Benson has two sons, Matthew and Christopher. Matthew is a general dentist practicing in Cape Coral, Florida. He and his wife, Trish, have provided “Pop Pop” with two amazing grandsons. Christopher passed away in 2005 while a student at Auburn University but lives on in many wonderful memories. Dr. Benson’s partner in life and at the office is his also amazing wife, Lesley, whom he shares a grandson with named Theo.

In his spare time Dr. Benson enjoys traveling, outdoor cooking on his Traeger, and attempting to re-establish his mediocre golf game and Auburn University football.

Professional Associations:

American Dental Association- Life Member, 5th District delegation member, and ADPAC Board member
Georgia Dental Association – Delegate to the HOD and past State Pac Chairman
Northern District Dental Society Past President
Hinman Dental Society – Executive Council member
Academy of General Dentistry
Georgia Academy of Dental Practice


Georgia Dental Association Honorable Fellow
Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry
Fellow of the International College of Dentists
Fellow of the American College of Dentists
Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy
The Cathedral of St. Philip/Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year Award
Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Cobb County Volunteer of the Year Award
Presidential Commendation- Georgia Dental Association

Community Service:

The Cathedral of St. Philip
Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb County 2002-2019
Habitat for Humanity
Greater Atlanta Dental Foundation
Georgia Mission of Mercy
2022 - Robert J. O'Donnell
2021 - Tom Jagor
2020 - N/A
2019 - Roy McDonald
2018 - Donald Brown
2017 - Jeffrey A. Kendrick
2016 - Chris L. Adkins
2015 - Ben W. Jernigan, Jr
2014 - Carol M. Wolff
2013 - Douglas B. Torbush
2012 – L. Maxwell Ferguson
2011 - Jonathan S. Dubin
2010 - Bradley K. Greenway
2009 - James Granade, Jr.
2008 - Sidney R. Tourial
2007 - Richard A. Weinman
2006 - Lee B. Hawkins
2005 - Wayne E. Kerr
2004 - John F. MacNamara
2003 - Marie C. Schweinebraten
2002 - Michael T. Rainwater
2001 - Thomas H. Callahan
2000 - William F. Schroeder
1999 - Charles T. Ruhl
1998 - William B. Shropshire
1997 - David R. Graham
1996 - Suhayl Rafeedie
1995 - Richard A. Smith
1994 - D. Ronald Weathers
1993 - Roy W. Adams
1992 - Eugene F. Willis, Jr.
1991 - J. David Allen
1990 - Theodore C. Levitas
1989 - William E. Harris
1988 - Donald E. Johnson
1987 - Harold Lanier
1986 - William L. Callahan, Jr.
1985 - Rollin E. Mallernee
1984 - Joseph W. Looper
1983 - R. Stan Hopkins
1982 - Emile T. Fisher
1981 - Marvin C. Goldstein
1980 - Marvin M. Sugarman
1979 - Jack D. Rousso
1978 - Wilmer B. Eames
1976 - James R. Sherard
1975 - Mary Lynn Morgan
1974 - Irving H. Goldstein
1973 - Charles H. Smith
1972 - Lee Malone
1971 - R. Arch McEwen