Ian Murray, DMD
Dr. Murray grew up in a family of San Diego dentists—his father a pediatric dentist and uncle a general dentist. Growing up in Mission Beach (about six houses down from Dr. McDonald) Dr. Murray was not always interested in teeth. After developing an early interest in the arts and sciences at Bird Rock Elementary, Muirlands Middle School, and La Jolla High School, he attended UC Santa Cruz and UC San Diego where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Dr. Murray started in a molecular cardiology lab in UCSD’s School of Medicine then transitioned to flower and seed genetics in the Biology department. After a couple of years at UCSD, Dr. Murray was recruited by a local biotechnology company, where he spent eight years designing the screening assays for potential therapeutics treating metabolic diseases.
It was during his time in pharmaceutical development that he realized his interests were on the front lines of healthcare. Dentistry was a natural fit for Dr. Murray, blending his desire to increase peoples overall health, his scientific problem-solving experience, and his love of artistic pursuits. He was accepted into the inaugural class at Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine where he excelled. Dr. Murray was recognized on the dean’s list multiple times and received a number of awards for leadership and exceptional academic performance through the course of the program. After serving as the founding president of the American Student Dental Association chapter at Western University, he was elected by his peers into the American Student Dental Association Board of Trustees where he represented all of California’s dental students; then he was appointed as the Chair of the American Student Dental Association, Council on Advocacy where he led dental student legislative efforts on issues facing oral health and the professionals dedicated to it.
“I believe the health of the entire body is effected by any one of its parts, and I believe that the mouth is one of the most important areas to focus on when addressing health. Oral health has been linked to cardiovascular health and metabolic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. I spent many years studying the downstream effects of metabolic diseases, and now I have a chance to help make the changes up front.”