Scott D. Swank

Curator, National Dental Museum


Scott Swank, DDS, is curator at the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry (2002-present) where he oversees the museum’s archive of books, manuscripts, photographs, films and videos,  and other historical materials, including dental equipment and memorabilia, related to the history of dentistry in America.  As curator, Swank spearheaded creation of the National Dental Museum’s exhibit on the history of African American dentists in the United States, and oversaw its travels around the country.   Prior to assuming his current title as curator, Swank worked as registrar/collection manager (1997-2000), and assistant curator (1997-2000). 


Scott Swank received his DDS from the University of Maryland Dental School in 1989.  After practicing dentistry, he matriculated into George Washington University’s Columbian School for the Arts in 1996 where he earned a certificate in Museum Studies, finishing in 1999.  He has remained active at the University of Maryland, serving as volunteer clinical faculty from 1994-2011.  In 2012, he was made an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health in the Dental School.   


Swank is member of the American Academy of the History of Dentistry where he serves as archivist, the American Association of Museums, and American Dental Association.  He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists.  He was awarded the W.J. Geis Fellowship in Dental History in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.