Dr. James F. Szarko graduated with a degree in Oral Dentistry in 1976. After graduation, he worked for the West Virginia State Dental Health Program in three dental clinics, one for children, an industrial home for girls ages 7-18, and an industrial home for boys ages 7-18. In 1980, Dr. Szarko opened his own private practice in Parkersburg. Every other month, he offers dental services to local emergency rooms.
While president of the state association, Dr. Szarko designed a statewide continuing education calendar. This provided members with dental continuing education programs for the entire year.