Valerie A Murrah , DMD, MA, MS, MBA

Chair, Division of Diagnostic Sciences


Dr. Claude A. Adams Jr. and Mrs. Grace P. Adams Term Professorship


  • MBA
  • MS, Oral Pathology, University of Minnesota, 1983
  • DMD, Southern Illinois University, 1980
  • MA, Education, Washington University, 1977
  • BA, Biology, Washington University, 1972


Valerie Murrah currently serves as a professor and chair of the Division of Diagnostic Sciences. She also holds a joint appointment with the UNC School of Medicine in the pathology and otolarynology.

She served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry from 1983-87 where she was Director of the Oral Diagnosis and Emergency Clinics and the school’s first Infection Control Committee Chair. In 1988, Dr. Murrah joined the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

In 1994, she moved to Atlanta and joined the Pathology Department at Emory University School of Medicine where she served as research director for the Division of Oral, Head and Neck Pathology.

Murrah has received teaching awards from multiple universities.

Research Interests

Her research focuses on tobacco and viral co-factors in oral carcinogenesis and aspects of gene therapy for oral cancer.