David Murchison

David Murchison

Clinical Professor - Biological Sciences
 
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Professional Preparation

M.M.S. - Biomaterials Research & Test Design
St. Francis University - 2003
Fellowship - Certificate in Biomaterials Research - Dental Biomaterials
Indiana University School of Dentistry - 1991
D.D.S - Dentistry
Baylor College of Dentistry - 1980
B.S. - Zoology
University of Arkansas - 1977

Appointments

Civilian Consultant to the USAF Surgeon General for Dental Materials and Restorative Dentistry
United States Air Force [2013–Present]
Adjunct Professor
Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry [2011–Present]
Department of Orthodontics
Dean, USAF Post-Graduate Dental Education Programs
United States Air Force [2005–2007]
Military Consultant to the USAF Surgeon General for Graduate & Continuing Dental Education
United States Air Force [2005–2007]
Military Consultant to the USAF Surgeon General for General Dentistry
United States Air Force [2004–2005]
Clinical Professor - Department of General Dentistry, Division of Operative Dentistry
University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio [2004–2010]
Clinical Associate Professor - Department of Biomaterials
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry [1993–1996]
Commission on Dental Accreditation Consultant
American Dental Association [1992–2000]

Awards

Legion of Merit - United States Air Force [2010]
Diplomate - American Board Of General Dentistry [1996]
Master - Academy of General Dentistry [1995]
Fellow - International College of Dentists [1995]
Diplomate - Federal Services Board Of General Dentistry [1989]

News Articles

UT Dallas Dental Expert to Consult for Air Force Surgeon General
UT Dallas Dental Expert to Consult for Air Force Surgeon General Dr. David Murchison, a senior lecturer in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UT Dallas, has been appointed Civilian National Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Dental Materials to the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General. Murchison, a retired Air Force colonel with 30 years of service, joined the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in 2010. In addition to his teaching duties, Murchison advises pre-dental students through the Health Professions Advising Center, works with the Pre-Dental Student Association, and speaks to freshmen who are considering careers in dentistry. He also is a clinical professor at Baylor College of Dentistry. Civilian national consultants to the Surgeon General of the Air Force serve as ambassadors to their specialty fields. Consultants advise the Air Force Medical and Dental Services on managing residencies and continuing education programs, and serve as clinical subject matter experts.
They Can Handle the ‘Tooth’ - New Course Preps Would-Be Dentists
They Can Handle the ‘Tooth’ - New Course Preps Would-Be Dentists Students taking notes in the shadow of a 4-foot tooth displayed on the wall of a Science Learning Center classroom were in uncharted territory: the new Oral Histology class, the first UT Dallas course designed specifically for aspiring dentists.

Led by retired Col. David Murchison, DDS, former director of dental policy and operations for the United States Air Force, the course teaches students the structure and function of the cells and tissues in the mouth and related regions.  Murchison weaves lectures with insights from his personal clinical experiences and treatment developments in many of the specialties in the field of dentistry.
Students say second-career professor is a first-rate mentor
Students say second-career professor is a first-rate mentor Faculty roles at both Texas A&M College of Dentistry and the University of Texas at Dallas give Dr. David Murchison an unusual vantage point for the dental education “circle of life.”

Murchison’s predental students who go on to dental school say his impact goes far beyond his faculty role.

“The one word that comes to my mind when I think about Dr. Murchison is ‘selfless’ — selfless with his actions, his time and his attitude,” says D1 Jennifer Dinh, who took Murchison’s oral histology class as a predental student at UTD, later serving as his teaching assistant. “He always went out of his way to make sure his students truly knew that his door was open. He served not only as a role model and mentor but as an encourager and believer.”

It is along the arduous journey to dental school where Murchison’s support is felt most, say Dinh and former UTD students.

Dental Myths Podcast - featuring Dr. David Murchison
Dental Myths Podcast - featuring Dr. David Murchison Welcome to the Merck Manuals Medical Myths podcast where we set the record straight on today’s most talked about medical topics and questions. I’m your host, Joe McIntyre, and, on this episode, we welcome Dr. David Murchison. Dr. Murchison is a clinical professor in the department of biological sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. But, we have him on the podcast today to talk about his expertise in dentistry. He’s been a practicing dentist for more than forty years, and also spent more than thirty years in the Air Force practicing comprehensive dentistry and a lot of dental resident education. He also has an appointment as a professor at Texas A&M College of Dentistry in the Department of Orthodontics and the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry.

Activities

BIOL 4385 - Oral Histology and Embryology
BIOL 4385 - Oral Histology and Embryology (3 semester credit hours) This course provides exposure to and broad coverage of maxillofacial and oral histological structures and embryology of the face, neck, and teeth using lectures and electronic images of calcified and soft tissues. 
BIOL 3385 - Medical Histology
BIOL 3385 - Medical Histology (3 semester credit hours) This course provides an introduction to basic cell and tissue histology to students preparing to pursue a career in the health sciences. The course outlines a histological structure-function relationship including a survey of tissue types, osseous histology and structures, muscle histology, neuronal histology, and those of the special senses. The course employs virtual histology using electronic images of calcified and soft tissue cells.
HONS 3199 - Excellence
HONS 3199 - Collegium V Honors Readings/Excellence (1 semester credit hour) Elite, successful, extraordinary ... excellence; are there winning secrets to how one builds personal character and the tenets of a better and rewarding life? This course involves close reading of a select group of texts that will explore authors' assessments of skill sets, disciplines, and opportunities that can
influence results in life, business, or even sports that transform merely very good to elite. More than impressive titles, degrees, or income, the course will explore differences in successful and unsuccessful people.

Affiliations

Editorial Board Member - The Merck Manuals
2017/03
Editorial board members act as independent peer reviewers for chapters on medical and dental topics, and assist the editorial staff of physicians and professional medical writers in providing both a Professional Version for detailed medical information for health care professionals and students, and a Consumer Version which is easier to understand covering the same topics as the professional version but focused on patients, parents and caregivers.