Dr. James R. Murrin

Inspired by his family dentist and his orthodontist, Jim decided he wanted to become a dentist in elementary school. He graduated with honors from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry at the age of twenty-four. He went on to complete a general dental practice residency in the United States Air Force, then served as the dental officer in charge of the oral surgery section at USAF Clinic Kelly in San Antonio Texas. Following military service, he returned to the Ohio State University College of Dentistry and completed postgraduate training to become a specialist in endodontics. He earned a master’s degree for endodontic research using scanning electron microscopy to study endodontic filling materials and endodontic leakage. His research was awarded special recognition by the American Association of Endodontists.

Dr. Murrin provides endodontic treatment
for a silverback gorilla with Katie’s assistance

Dr. Murrin has published research and clinical articles in a number of dental journals. He has served as a clinical assistant professor of endodontics at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry, and as an endodontic expert for the Ohio State Dental Board. He founded his endodontic practice in Upper Arlington in 1982 and was among the earliest practitioners to adopt the use of operating microscopes for endodontic procedures. He and his experienced staff share a passion for excellence in endodontics and they also have advanced training in the placement of dental implants.

In 2008, WBNS-TV, Community Newspapers, and Columbus Parent Magazine surveyed 1,140 dentists in the seven-county area surrounding Columbus to determine where they would turn if they or a family member needed dental care. Dr. Murrin was ranked the number one endodontist in this survey.

Jim donates his clinical expertise in providing endodontic care for large mammals at the Columbus Zoo; to date treating an Amur tiger, two silverback gorillas, a grizzly bear, a black bear, a sun bear and a polar bear. Aside from endodontics, he is a painter and art enthusiast. He and his wife Anne have a grown daughter, and live with their two dogs Abbey Road, and Jude.