Dr. Valerie Murrah is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and General Dentistry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, with joint appointments in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Otolaryngology. She also directs the Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology and serves as the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Diagnostic Laboratory Director.
Dr. Murrah is a fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, a fellow of both the American and International College of Dentists, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. She is currently President of the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology and is the first woman to be elected to that position, as well. She served for four years on the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Dental Association and also serves as a specialty site visitor for the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Dr. Murrah has received awards for teaching excellence at multiple universities. She is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker on oral cancer. Her research focuses on oral carcinogenesis and an animal model of proliferative verrucous leukoplakia and has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the Smokeless Tobacco Research Council.
Dr. Murrah is a member of the inaugural class of the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame.