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David H. Whiston


David A. Whiston (‘65 DDS)

David A. Whiston, a native of Westover, W.Va., received his doctor of dental science degree from West Virginia University in 1965. He completed an internship and residency in oral surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch and an oral surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania.

Whiston is the immediate past president of the American Dental Association (ADA). The ADA is the professional association of dentists dedicated to serving both the public and the profession of dentistry. The ADA promotes the public’s health through commitment of member dentists to provide quality oral health care, accessible to everyone. The ADA promotes the profession of dentistry by enhancing the integrity and ethics of the profession, strengthening the patient/dentist relationship and making membership the foundation of successful practice. He currently practices oral and maxillofacial surgery in Falls Church, Va.

After earning his specialty credentials, Whiston entered private practice in Northern Virginia. He became involved in organized dentistry early in his career and over the years has served many professional associations. He is a past-president of the Virginia Dental Association, the Northern Virginia Dental Society and the Virginia-Greater Washington and Middle Atlantic Societies of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. A member of the board of the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, Whiston served as two-term chair of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations.

Throughout his extremely busy career, Whiston has maintained a strong loyalty to West Virginia University. He is the past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association and a former member of the WVU Alumni Association Board Directors. In September of 1998, Whiston was selected to be the keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual Mesaros Lecture. The prestigious lecture series is hosted by the WVU School of Dentistry and sponsored through the generosity of Drs. Paul and Laura Mesaros.

He has numerous awards to his credit including Fellowships in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the American College of Dentists and the Virginia Dental Association. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In his commitment to education, Whiston has been a program lecturer for Northern Virginia Community College dental assistants program, a continuing education lecturer for Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital, an oral surgery lecturer at Arlington Hospital and he has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences.