Dr. Aung-Din Honored for 30 Years of Service

Recently we nominated Dr. Aung-Din for a Volunteer of the Year Award from Sarasota Magazine. The winner will be announced in August. We thank Dr. Aung-Din for his generous contribution over the years.

Dr. Ronald Aung-Din is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. He has practiced General Neurology & Neuro-Psychiatry in Sarasota, Florida for over 37 years. Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida provides medical, prescription and case management services to members of our community who do not qualify for or receive medical insurance. Dr. Aung-Din has provided volunteer medical services for this agency for almost 30 years.

He has an extremely busy practice, but still manages to take time to see patients every other month in Epilepsy Services’ Sarasota office, averaging 15 patients per month or 90 patient visits per year. This equates to 2700 patient visits during his tenure, helping those in our community who may not have been able to receive this type of care. His dedication and compassion demonstrate his desire to help empower these patients toward self-management to be able to lead as close to a normal life as possible. Without his help, this may not have been possible. A high percentage of patients can gain and maintain control of their seizures and feel better physically and emotionally. They also gain a greater degree of personal dignity and independence.

What patients and staff say:
Dr. Aung-Din has a lot of compassion for patients. He likes to be very thorough and get to the root of the problem. Staff have heard patients say that they have been to several physicians over the years and no one ever correctly diagnosed them until Dr. Aung-Din did.
One client stated that he has been the absolute best in treating her seizures and migraines. He is outstanding in working with her special cognitive needs. He is compassionate and caring.
When referring her to other providers he always refers her to providers who also understand cognitive issues and treat her well.

Another client stated that he “treats her like a person”. He is a good listener and always wants to know “what’s going on”. He was extremely attentive in getting her medications “just right”, which significantly reduced the frequency of her seizures. Clients feel they are receiving the best medical attention he can provide and are treated like “paying” patients.
Dr. Aung-Din constantly gives uninsured patients discounts on office visits. He also goes on missionary trips several times a year and gives free medical treatment to those in need. He is highly respected by his employees and other physicians in the area.

Dr. Aung-Din can inspire us all to treat every person with compassion, dignity and respect regardless of their economic situation.


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.