Dr. Alton McWhorter, Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Alton McWhorter, department chair and graduate program director
“Working with dental and dental hygiene students as well as pediatric residents has been very rewarding and, actually, a lot of fun.”
When Dr. Alton McWhorter began his residency in pediatric dentistry at the college in 1983, the thought never crossed his mind that he would one day become department chair, much less, follow in the footsteps of his two mentors.
McWhorter assumed the role of department chair in fall 2009 from one of them, Dr. N. Sue Seale. The other, Dr. Paul Taylor, was program director and pediatric dentistry chair during McWhorter’s residency.
“Being trained by him and getting to know one of the ‘founding fathers’ of pediatric dentistry was a fantastic experience,” says McWhorter, now pediatric dentistry department chair and graduate program director.
That training has proven invaluable for McWhorter, who now balances administrative responsibilities with teaching. He instructs dental, dental hygiene and graduate students, in addition to his role as an attending instructor in the graduate clinic and — on occasion — the operating room.
McWhorter thrives on the variety of his days, most of which are spent on the college’s second floor.
“No two days in a row are ever the same,” McWhorter says. “Our department has been allowed to try different teaching and testing methods, which has made the experience interesting and challenging.”
Since joining the faculty in fall 1986 as an assistant professor, McWhorter says he has stayed at the college simply because he enjoys his work.
“Working with dental and dental hygiene students as well as pediatric residents has been very rewarding and, actually, a lot of fun,” he says.
“I enjoy travel, music and movies.”
What you may not know about McWhorter’s family:
“I actually met my wife, Sherry, in the recovery room at Children’s Medical Center following operating room cases with the residents I was attending. She was the nurse taking care of our patient. We’ve been married almost 20 years.”