Meet Dr. Walter K. Murphy

Talk to the hundreds of patients Dr. Murphy has helped in his career, and they’ll all mention his kindness and exceptional bedside manner. But along with kudos from his patients, this distinguished oral surgeon has also earned the praise and respect of countless peers, as evidenced in his long list of awards and certifications.

Dr. Murphy joined COFS after more than 30 years of running his own successful practice in Hanover County, Virginia. After his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, at the Medical College of Virginia, he joined the practice of Drs. Clough and Wallace. He worked at their Mechanicsville office as well as other offices before branching-off and buying the Mechanicsville office for his solo practice.

Running a practice proved more and more complex, he became interested in joining COFS, where he could focus on oral surgery. Said Dr. Murphy, “I had trained and operated with Drs. Cuttino and Peters as a resident and a large number of the partners were co-residents at MCV, so I knew they were ethical, excellent clinicians and surgeons, and had a similar philosophy of patient care.” He joined our team in May 2022.

Dr. Murphy was born in Augusta, Georgia, and he and his large family also lived in Martinsville and Germany. He earned a BA in Chemistry at University of Virginia in 1982, before attending the Medical College of Virginia, where he graduated with his DDS cum laude in 1986.

Here at Commonwealth Oral & Facial Surgery, Dr. Murphy will continue his focus on outpatient care, including implantology, various grafting procedures for successful implant placement, wisdom tooth extraction and other complex oral procedures.

When he’s not helping patients, he can be found sailing on the Chesapeake, or taking on restoration projects in his 1902 Fan house.

Talk to the hundreds of patients Dr. Murphy has helped in his career, and they’ll all mention his kindness and exceptional bedside manner.

Dr. Murphy Sailing
Dr. Murphy in Ocean
Murphys in Corfu


Medical College of Virginia, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Resident

Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA: Doctor of Dental Surgery

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA: Bachelor of Arts – Chemistry, Biology Minor

Awards and Certifications

American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

American Dental Society of Anesthesiology Award

Burton M. Rudin Oral Cancer Essay Award

Radcliffe Outstanding Senior Award

Alpha Sigma Chi Honorary Leadership Society

Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society

American Dental Association

Virginia Dental Association

Richmond Dental Association

Fellow, American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Southeastern Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Virginia Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Fun Facts

Bucket List

Looking forward to “immersion travel” in retirement where we go to a country and stay for a period of time, picking a home base and immersing ourselves in the culture, visiting historic sites and dining- in between relaxing with sailing and local travel.

Favorite Foods

French or Italian

Favorite Movie

“Sabrina”- always love the Pygmalion plot line in a movie and love the locations the film was set in- scenes in Paris and Martha’s Vineyard

Apple or PC?


Favorite Quote

“What you leave behind is not engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven in the lives of others.” Pericles