After studies in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering at Bucknell (Lewisburg, PA) and Cornell (Ithaca, NY) Universities, Dr. Aung-Din worked for a period in industry as supervising engineer. He then attended Columbia University in New York City for Premedical studies, followed by Medical School at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX. Residencies in Neurology and Neurosurgery followed at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Additional studies included a Medical Student Fellowship in Cardiology at Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and Clinical Neurology Postgraduate Fellowship at National Hospital for Nervous Disease, Queen Square, London, UK.

He has participated in over 60 pharmaceutical industry-sponsored clinical trials, helping bring to market current drugs for MS, epilepsy, post-herpetic neuralgia, and other neurologic conditions. He continues to actively research new clinical applications related to the patented Direct Effects non-systemic drug delivery.

Afgin Pharma LLC

AfGin Pharma, LLC was founded by Dr. Aung-Din in 2009 to advance the unique non-systemic Direct Effects technology and its goal of “Enhanced Neuro-Therapeutics through Direct Effects Topical Technology.”

Learn more about AfGin Pharma and Direct Effects by visiting AfginPharma.com.


Medical Cannabis Pioneer

Dr. Aung-Din was the first physician in Sarasota to be certified by the FL Dept of Health to prescribe medical cannabis; and the 11th in the entire State when it became legalized.

He incorporates medical cannabis into his practice for his patients who would benefit from its use for such conditions as chronic pain, seizures, cancer, MS, and other immune-based disorders; as well as many other disorders which may be inadequately treated with traditional pharmaceuticals. They worked to augment as well as replace current therapies.

He has been sought by patients with difficult neurological conditions locally, nationally, and from abroad to incorporate cannabinoid medicine into their treatment regimens. He uses medical cannabis where appropriate and legal; as well as his proprietary Direct Effects CBD and other non-THC cannabinoid products which work non-systemically.

Conditions treated in his practice which have benefitted from these non-systemic CBD topical cream therapies include seizures, autism, fibromyalgia, neuropathies including diabetic peripheral neuropathy, spinal neuropathic pain, Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders; anxiety and sleep issues; and many others.


Dr. Aung-Din actively attends and speaks at events across the world.

Below are some pictures of TV & radio interviews, onstage lectures and presentations from his various endeavors.