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Mr Matthew Garrett

Mr Matthew Garrett qualified from the University of Bristol in 2001, attained his FDSRCS Rest Dent (England) in 2010 after following the training programme in Bristol. He was appointed Consultant in Restorative Dentistry (Prosthodontics) at the Eastman Dental Hospital in 2013, having previously been a Consultant at King’s College London.

His clinical, teaching and research interests centre around the oral rehabilitation of patients with significant developmental and acquired defects such as hypodontia, cleft lip and palate, tooth structure disturbances, trauma and tooth surface loss. He has an interest in health service management and clinical governance and postgraduate dental education.

Mr Garrett previously served as an invited member of the Board (Trainee Representative) between 2006 - 2010. In addition, he was Honorary Secretary of the British Society for Restorative Dentistry (2006-2012) and is President-Elect of the Society for 2017-2018. He was elected to the Faculty Board in 2015 and is a previous Senior Vice-Dean of the Faculty.

He became Dean of the Faculty in June 2020.

Ms Pepe Shirlaw

Ms Pepe Shirlaw qualified in Birmingham and undertook several Oral  Surgery posts before specialising in Oral Medicine.   She was appointed Consultant in Oral Medicine at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Trust in 2003.  She has a particular interest in the systemic manifestation of Oral Disease predominantly Sjogren’s and Behcet’s Disease.

She was Clinical Director for Dental Services at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Trust in 2004 and since 2010 has been involved in outpatient service transformation across Guy’s & St Thomas’.

Ms Shirlaw is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at KCL Dental Institute and currently Deputy Chair of the MJDF examination run jointly by the Faculties of Dental Surgery and General Dental Practitioners at RCS (Eng). She is immediate past chair of the Association of Dental Hospitals and currently seconded to NHS England (London) to the post of chair of London Dental Local Professional Network.

She was elected to the Faculty Board in 2015 and is currently Senior Vice-Dean of the Faculty.

Professor Martyn Cobourne

martyn cobourneMartyn Cobourne is Professor and Academic Head of Orthodontics at King’s College London and Honorary Consultant in Orthodontics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He graduated from King’s College School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1990 and after a series of junior hospital posts in Bristol and London undertook specialty training in orthodontics at King’s College Hospital, obtaining his Membership in Orthodontics in 1997. He was awarded a Medical Research Council Clinical Training Fellowship in 1998 and completed a PhD at the United Medical and Dental Schools, University of London in 2002.

Martyn was appointed as a Senior Lecturer and Hon Consultant in Orthodontics at King’s College London Dental Institute in 2004. His research is primarily focused on investigating the role of molecular signaling pathways during early development of the head and face. However, he is also interested in the effectiveness of contemporary orthodontic treatment and has led a number of clinical trials investigating treatment efficiency. He has published over 115 peer-reviewed articles and is the author of two successful orthodontic textbooks. He was Director of Research at the British Orthodontic Society from 2012-2016 and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthodontics.

He was elected to the Faculty Board in 2017and is the Chair of the Faculty's Examinations committee.

Dr Judith Jones

Dr. Judith Jones is a Reader/Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University London (QMUL)/Barts Health NHS Trust, and Director of Postgraduate Research within the Institute of Dentistry, QMUL.

She qualified from London Hospital Medical College in1987 and then completed a MSc in Experimental Oral Pathology in 1991 and was awarded the Fellowship in Dental Surgery RCS England later the same year. In 1996 she completed a PhD furthering work on the role of integrins in malignant oral epithelium, at both the Eastman Dental Institute and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. She undertook ACCOMS training and gained FDS (Oral Surgery) in 2003. In 2005 she was appointed Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ & Kings College Hospital Trust where she stayed until 2008 when she moved to her current position at QMUL.

She is heavily involved with dental education, training and assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate level and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is the academic lead for OSCE for both the ORE and LDS examinations. She is also the Oral Surgery Training Programme Director and Specialist Training Committee Chair for the London Deanery.

She was elected to the Faculty Board in 2011 and is previous Chair of the Fellowship and Awards Committee.

Dr Stephen Chadwick

Dr Stephen Mark Chadwick has been Consultant Orthodontist at the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation trust since 1999.

He qualified from the Dental School, University of Liverpool in 1987. Completed his FDS at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh 1990 and an MSc in Orthodontics at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1993. Having passed his MOrthRCS England in 1994, he was appointed as Senior Registrar in Orthodontics at the University of Manchester where he was appointed as Consultant in 1997 having achieving his FDS(Orth)RCS. An MA in clinical education followed from the University of Lancaster 2005 that provided a foundation for examinerships for FDS, MFDS, Diploma in Orthodontic therapy and Bi-MOrth.

He has been the chair of examiners for both the Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy, MOrth and is currently Chair of the Bi-MOrth board.

He was elected to the Faculty Board in 2013.  He is a previous senior Vice-Dean of the Faculty and the Chair of the Faculty's Fellowship & Awards Committee.

Professor Stephen Porter

Professor Stephen Porter is Institute Director and Professor of Oral Medicine of Director UCL Eastman Dental Institute and current President of the European Association of Oral Medicine.

His research interests include the diagnosis and management of potentially malignant disease of the mouth and the treatment of immunologically mediated disease of the mouth and salivary glands.

He has published over 450 scholarly works including original research papers, review articles, editorials, textbooks and computer-based works.

He was elected to the Faculty Board in 2014.  He is a previous Senior Vice-Dean of the Faculty and is the Faculty's representative on RCS Council.

Mrs Vanita Brookes

Mrs Vanita Brookes qualified from the University of Liverpool in 1985, attained her FDSRCS Edinburgh 1989, a Diploma in Dental Public Health RCS England in 1996 and Membership in Special Needs Dentistry RCS Edinburgh in 2000. She was awarded FDSRCS England (Ad Eudem) in 2002 and granted an MSc from the University of Manchester in 1998. She was appointed as Consultant in Special Care Dentistry at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2007 and is also a specialist in paediatric dentistry.
She is past president of the British Society of Disability and Oral Health and has recently served as a member of the working group to develop a National Strategic Framework for Special Care Dentistry.
Mrs Brookes has been involved with the Royal college work for many years as an examiner and past Chair of the Diploma in Special Care Dentistry. She is currently RCS National Specialty Advisor in Special Care Dentistry for the Royal College of Surgeons England and Chair of SAC in Special Care Dentistry
She was elected to the Faculty Board in 2015 and is currently Vice-Chair of the Faculty's Examinations Committee.

Miss Sarah Howells

Sarah Howells qualified from UCH in 1982 and gained her FDS in 1999. She additionally gained a DDPH and a MSc in Dental Public Health. She has worked in the Head and Neck Unit Royal Marsden Hospital for over 20 years laterely as an Associate Specialist. During this time, she has also worked in primary, secondary and community care with her practice limited to oral surgery. She has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at the Eastman Dental Institute and King’s College London.

She is keen to provide appropriate care to oncology patients within the Head and Neck Unit and other units at the Royal Marsden Hospital. She is involved in the provision of oral surgery services at Charing Cross Hospital.

She is a OSCE lead on the core group of MJDF and is an examiner for medical emergencies component of the Overseas Registration Examination. She was elected to the Faculaty Board in 2017 and is Chair of the Faculty's Clinical Standards Committee.

Professor Andrew Eder

Professor Andrew Eder is Emeritus Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Dental Education at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute and formerly Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at UCLH and Pro-Vice-Provost at UCL having qualified from King’s in 1986 and been a clinical academic at the Eastman since 1990.

Throughout his career, Professor Eder has contributed to the training of postgraduates and NHS trainees as well as provided high quality care to patients with complex oral health needs. Academic interests include innovation in teaching and learning and the impact of continuing education on patient outcomes in clinical practice.

As a Specialist in Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, Professor Eder has also been in multi-disciplinary referral practice in central London for over 30 years. He has a special interest in the management of patients with tooth wear and is Co-Editor of the BDJ book on Tooth Surface Loss and author of over 100 publications.

Professor Eder is a past president of Alpha Omega, the British Society for Restorative Dentistry and the Royal Society of Medicine’s Odontological Section. He has also served on the Editorial Boards of the British Dental Journal and the European Journal of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics.

Professor Eder was elected to the Faculty Board in 2017 and is Chair of the Exam Board for Restorative Dentistry.

Professor Helen Rodd

Professor Helen Rodd has a Chair in Paediatric Dentistry at the School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield, UK, and holds the post of Deputy Director for Teaching and Learning. She is a past recipient of research fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and the Medical Research Council. She has an honorary consultant contract with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Rodd's current research interests lie principally in the field of child-centred oral health research. This has focused on the impact of dental and facial differences on children’s psychosocial status as well as evaluating young people's experiences of various dental conditions and treatment modalities. This complements her clinical interest in developmental enamel defects. She works within a unique multidisciplinary children’s oral health research group. She has played a leading role nationally within the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry, being a past president as well as Scientific Chair of the 2015 International Association of Paediatric Dentistry Congress.

Professor Rodd was elected to the Faculty Board in 2018 and is Chair of the Faculty's Research committee.

Mr Jimmy Makdissi

Mr Jimmy Makdissi joined Queen Mary University of London in 2004. He qualified with a DDS in 1993 from the University of Aleppo, completed a postgraduate diploma in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the University of Damascus in 1995 and then a Master of Medical Sciences in Oral Surgery from Queen's University of Belfast. He then obtained his fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in 1999 after spending a few years in hospital Senior House Officer posts in Belfast, Leeds and Cork. He completed his specialist training in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology at Guy's Hospital and obtained his Diploma of Dental Radiology from the Royal College of Radiologists in 2004.

He has altered, re-designed and now directs the Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology programme of the undergraduate BDS curriculum along with introducing new lectures and tutorials into the course and a multi-disciplinary approach.

He is the founder of JM Radiology, a specialist Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology service serving dental practices in the UK and is currently undertaking a PhD on the use of MRI in Dentistry.

Mr Makdissi was elected to the Faculty Board in 2018.


Dr Rachel Leeson

Dr Rachel Leeson is an Associate Professor in Oral Surgery at University College London, (UCL) Eastman Dental Institute (EDI) and an Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery for UCLH NHS Foundation Trust. Rachel qualified from UCH, University of London in 1990 and attained her FDS RCS (Eng) in 1994, before completing a MSc, a PhD and becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Rachel has significant experience in the clinical practise and education of Oral Surgery and allied subjects. Currently this includes her roles as external examiner for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, Programme Director for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at UCL, EDI which has led to many taught and research postgraduates achieving higher degrees, successfully passing RCS examinations and securing senior positions around the globe.Rachel has a proactive role in research by virtue of leadership of many clinical trials of novel therapies and as Graduate Tutor and Head of the Eastman Centre for Postgraduate Research.

Rachel was elected to the Faculty Board in 2019.

Mr Jagtar Dhanda

Mr Jag Dhanda is a Consultant Maxillofacial/Head and Neck Surgeon at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, a Clinical Reader at Brighton Medical School and a Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London. He completed his medical training in London and his dental training in Bristol.

He also completed higher surgical training in the West Midlands, an advanced head and neck reconstructive fellowship at East Grinstead and a doctorate in philosophy in head and neck cancer biology from the University of Liverpool. This was funded by three Royal College of Surgeons research fellowships.

He is a member of council for the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) and the research lead for head and neck and oral and dental in Kent Surrey and Sussex. Jag is a tutor and trainer in dental implantology and was recently awarded the presidents prize from BAOMS for his research in the role of iKnife technology in the management of head and neck cancer. He hosts numerous courses including virtual surgical planning, cadaveric perforator dissection and advanced microvascular surgery for higher surgical trainees in plastic surgery and maxillofacial/head neck surgery.

He was elected to the Faculty Board in 2019 and Chair of the Faculty's Postgraduate Education Committee.

Dr Charlotte Eckhardt

Dr Eckhardt is a highly experienced Consultant Orthodontist and Aesthetic Practitioner. Her particular orthodontic interest is in the management of facial deformity working with maxillofacial surgeons and is the lead orthodontist for cleft lip and palate in Wales.

She has an interest in facial aesthetics and also has a masters degree in aesthetic medicine with distinction from Queen Mary University of London. She is a clinical senior lecturer on the aesthetic medicine masters degree at Queen Mary University of London.

Dr Eckhardt lectures nationally and internationally in the fields of orthodontics and aesthetic medicine. She also has a particular interest in postgraduate training and assessment and was appointed as an MOrth examiner in 2008, following this she was elected as the Chair of the Panel of MOrth examiners and is currently the Chair of the Board of MOrth examiners for RCS Eng and RCPS Glasgow. In this role she has established overseas MOrth examinations in Kuala Lumpur, Chennai and Cairo. In addition she is the director of assessments for the Aesthetic Medicine MSc at Queen Mary University of London.

She was elected to the Faculty Board in 2020 and serves on the Faculty’s Examinations and Fellowship and Awards committee.

Mr David Morris

Mr David Morris has been a Consultant Orthodontist in Leeds since 1998. He qualified from Birmingham University in 1985 and spent the next three years completing the inaugural West Midlands Vocational Training Scheme and working in general dental practice and as a Clinical Assistant in Oral Surgery. Successive resident SHO/Registrar posts in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Swindon, Stoke Mandeville and High Wycombe followed over the next four years. He completed his FDS in 1991, his specialist Orthodontic training at The Royal London Hospital in 1995 and his Senior Registrar training in Leeds/Wakefield in 1998.

He was Head of the Orthodontic Department in Leeds for 10 years (2006-16) and achieved European Board Certification (EBO) in Orthodontics in 2012. Further professional posts have included being Chairman of the Clinical Standards Committee of the British Orthodontic Society (2006-11), on the Examiners’ Panel of the Intercollegiate MOrth examination (2004-11) and the London MFDS (2005-11), Chairman of the Leeds Managed Clinical Network (MCN) for Orthodontics (2009-13) and Training Programme Director for Orthodontics (Yorkshire) from 2013-16. He is, currently, a Member of the Board and the Examiners’ Panel of the Intercollegiate Speciality Fellowship Examination (ISFE) in Orthodontics.

His main clinical and research interests involve orthognathic surgery, treatment outcome and the development of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs).
He was elected to the Faculty Board in 2020 and serves on the Faculty’s Postgraduate Education and Research committees.

Mr Robert Crawford

Robert Crawford is Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Joint Clinical Lead of the Endodontic Department and an Academic Educational Supervisor to Specialty Registrars in Restorative Dentistry at the Royal National ENT & Eastman Dental Hospitals, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust, London.
During training, he attained a distinction in the MSc in Conservative Dentistry, Eastman Dental Institute and was awarded his FDS RCS in Restorative Dentistry. In 2010, he was appointed Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Clinical Lead of the Endodontic Department at the Eastman Dental Hospital. Since this time, the department has undergone significant expansion and service development.
He is actively involved in postgraduate dental education, in particular specialist level clinical training in the restorative disciplines. He enjoys lecturing internationally and his academic interests include multidisciplinary management for tooth preservation, smile aesthetics and dental implants.
He has served as an examiner for MRD RCS and MEndo RCS examinations since 2018 and contributes to the ongoing development of the restorative examinations for the Faculty.
He was elected to the Faculty Board in 2020 and serves on the Faculty’s Postgraduate Education and Fellowship & Awards committees.


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