Meet James P. Murphy, DMD

Board-Certified Oral Surgeon in Lebanon & Lancaster, PA


Dr. Murphy was inspired to pursue oral and maxillofacial surgery by his father and grandfather, who were both oral surgeons. Interested in the bridge between medicine and dentistry, he was drawn to the broad scope of surgery and the unique privilege of administering anesthesia.

Dr. Murphy has served in the US Army and Air Force, dedicating many years of his life to helping others. He was awarded a health profession scholarship and attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Upon graduation, he began practicing in the Air Force. While serving active duty in the Air Force, Dr. Murphy was a faculty member of the Uniformed Services University at Walter Reed Naval Military Medical Center and Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics where he trained residents and provided care to service members and their families. Dr. Murphy is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

When providing for patients who are nervous, he puts them at ease by using humor while acknowledging their reasons for feeling anxious. His middle son has autism, which has made him particularly sensitive to families who care for children with special needs. Dr. Murphy values teamwork and enjoys collaborating with other members of a patient’s care team to provide the most effective and beneficial treatment possible.

Education & Residency

After graduating from Boston College in 1998, Dr. Murphy joined the US Army where he served overseas tours in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, in 2000 and Iraq in 2003. He left the Army in 2005 and began dental school at Tufts Universityin Boston, earning his DMD and graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2009.

Dr. Murphy joined the Air Force and graduated from the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska in 2010. He completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in California in 2015.


Dr. Murphy is board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS), a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA), and a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. He maintains Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certifications.

Hobbies & Interests

Dr. Murphy enjoys playing tennis, running with his wife, and spending time with his three boys. Three fun facts about him are that he is a military veteran who served in Iraq and earned a Bronze Star, he is one of six children, and he has a Bernese mountain dog.