James M. Walter, DDS, MD

dr-walterDr. Walter, a native of Iowa, came to North Carolina as a Morehead Fellow to do his residency at UNC, Chapel Hill in 1975.  During his residency, his area of research involved post-surgical neurologic alteration in the face, for which he was awarded an M.S. degree.  He began practice in Winston-Salem in 1979 and started the Elkin office that year as the first Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeon in that community.  His solo practice began in 1982.  His career has also included board positions with North Carolina Services for Dentistry, Medical Security Insurance Company, and the Dental Foundation of North Carolina, where he served as President in 1996.  Reconstructive surgery is a special interest, including maxillofacial reconstruction and dental implant reconstruction. 

He is a member of the hospital staffs at Forsyth Memorial, Medical Park, Hawthorne Surgical, and Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospitals. 


  • University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Master of Science Degree, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 1978
  • Residency, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 1978
  • Morehead Fellow in Dentistry 1975-1978
  • University of Iowa, College of Dentistry; Iowa City, IA
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, 1975
  • University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts; Iowa City, IA
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1972


  • Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)
  • Member, North Carolina Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (NCSOMS)
  • Member, American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Member, North Carolina Dental Society (NCDS)
  • Member, Forsyth County Dental Society
  • Member, Blue Ridge Dental Society
  • Member, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Mu Chapter, Dental Honorary Fraternity