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ABAOMS 2021 – Faculty

Dr Andrew Carr

Dr Andrew Carr

Clinical Teaching Fellow and Lead for Lifelong Learning and Continuing Professional Development at the School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University

Andrew was appointed a Specialty Registrar and Associate Clinical Lecturer in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology at Newcastle Dental Hospital in 2010. During this time, he gained extensive experience in dental and maxillofacial radiology, particularly of the salivary glands. His special interests include the efficacy and diagnostic utility of ultrasound in patients with Sjogren’s Syndrome, together with applied anatomy and anomalies in relation to Cone Beam CT. He has extensive experience in undergraduate dental education, together with the postgraduate training of Foundation Dentists, Dental Core Trainees and Specialty Registrars in salivary imaging and radiographic reporting. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on the topic of dental imaging, and is a member of the working party on the 2020 edition of Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners on the Safe Use of X-ray equipment. He has also served as a Medical Sector Committee Member for the Society of Radiological Protection.

Dr Ian Corbett

Dr Ian Corbett

Dr Ian Corbett is a Consultant in Oral Surgery with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals’ NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University’s School of Dental Sciences.

Ian graduated from Newcastle University and King’s College, University of London, and holds a PhD in pathology. He has over 20 years’ experience in oral surgery.  Ian is Convenor of Dental Examinations, past chair of the Specialty Advisory Board, and on Council for RCS Edinburgh, Chair of the Tricollegiate Specialty Membership Examinations Executive and member of the SAC for Oral Surgery.  

He has a research interest and international recognition in the field of dental anaesthesia, having published extensively, lectured internationally, and was awarded a European Federation for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry prize. He is past chair of the Dental Anaesthesiology Research Group and Council Member of IADR. 

Ian provides an extensive oral surgery referral service, specialising in treating patients with complex oral surgery needs, the management of dentally anxious patients, and surgery for orthodontic patients and young adults, having developed a clinical referral network of Orthodontists in the North of England and a multidisciplinary service. He performs the majority of orthodontic surgery in the region, which also makes up a large part of his private practice.

Dr Helen Clark

Dr Helen Clark

Dr Helen Clark is a Clinical Teaching Fellow and Honorary Speciality Dentist in Oral Surgery at the University of Leeds School of Dentistry and an Associate in NHS General Dental Practice. Helen was appointed Chair of the ABAOMS Education Committee in 2017

Helen has completed postgraduate education to achieve a university teaching accreditation and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She completed a diploma in sedation and has special interests in anxiety management, local anaesthesia and sedation. Helen leads teaching activities in these areas for undergraduates and postgraduates.

Professor Justin Durham

Professor Justin Durham

Professor Justin Durham is a Professor of Orofacial Pain and Head of the School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University and an Honorary Consultant Oral Surgeon at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne’s Hospitals’ NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. He is also currently the President of Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Justin was appointed Clinical Fellow/Hon SpR in Oral Surgery at Newcastle University in 2003. He obtained his PhD, “Ideologies and outcomes in Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)”, from Newcastle University in 2008. He subsequently completed his Oral Surgery specialist training and also became the first person in the UK to pass the American Board of Orofacial Pain. He held a prestigious NIHR Clinician Scientist award from 2012-2017, which funded his research into the care pathways in chronic orofacial pain and was promoted to a personal chair in 2017.  In his clinical practice he has established and leads a multidisciplinary orofacial pain clinic that receives tertiary-level referrals from both dental and medical specialities in the North of England. He is also keenly interested in helping develop the next generation of clinical academics and as such is involved nationally with NIHR as the Associate Dean for Dental Integrated Academic Training.

Dr Rachel Green

Dr Rachel Green

Dr Rachel Green is a Specialist Oral Surgeon and Clinical Lecturer based at Newcastle University.

Rachel has a keen interest in dental education and is currently the Clinical Teaching Lead for Oral Surgery at Newcastle Dental School as well as the Training Programme Director for Oral Surgery specialty training in the North East of England. Having trained and worked in junior positions in Scotland she moved to Newcastle to take up a Clinical Fellow position where she undertook her PhD before progressing to specialty training in Oral Surgery. In her current role, she enjoys overseeing and developing the undergraduate course with a focus on Oral Surgery and assessment. She also has a research interest in the undergraduate experience of the educational process and is currently supervising a PhD student whose project focuses on the emotional and technical challenges of undertaking oral surgery skills based training.

Dr Sabine Jurge

Dr Sabine Jurge

Dr Sabine Jurge obtained her dental degree (DDS cum Laude) from the Riga Stradins University in Latvia and her medical degree from the University of London.

Sabine completed her MSc in Oral Medicine at the Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London.  She has briefly worked in general dental practice and had a number of junior dental and medical jobs in hospital setting. She completed her specialty training in Oral Medicine at the University College London and currently works as Consultant in Oral Medicine at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and as Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sheffield.  She has obtained MFDS from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and FDS(OM) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. She is a fellow of the British and Irish Society for Oral Medicine, a member of European Association of Oral Medicine and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She has been involved in World Workshop of Oral Medicine.
Dr Ali Khurram

Dr Ali Khurram

Dr Ali Khurram is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Pathologist at the University of Sheffield, UK.

His postdoctoral training was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), UK as a part of which he also trained as a Diagnostic Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist. Following the successful completion of FRCPath in 2016, he was appointed as a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Pathologist at the School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield.

He has a number of local, regional and national Clinical and Educational roles including:

  • Clinical lead for Sheffield Diagnostic Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Service
  • Lead for undergraduate BDS Pathology teaching
  • Educational supervision of core and specialist oral pathology trainees.
  • Key member of the British Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (BSOMP) council including roles of Secretary and Webmaster.
  • Digital Advisor and Webmaster for the Pathological Society of Great Britain & Ireland.

He has previously held the roles of Audit Lead for the hospital as well as Molecular Pathology Lead for South Yorkshire. He is actively involved in research and is particularly interested in salivary gland pathobiology, and role of the tumour microenvironment in oral cancer metastasis and bone Invasion. Over the last few years, he has been actively involved in investigating the use of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, exploring their role in diagnosis and prediction of prognosis. He has a grant portfolio of over £1 million and is an IT and multimedia enthusiast as well as an active social media user.

Dr Rosa Moreno Lopez

Dr Rosa Moreno Lopez

Dr Rosa Moreno Lopez is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen

She competed her PhD on the oral health of elderly people living in nursing homes and in 2014 she became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy after successfully completing a Postgraduate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning. In 2017 she was appointment assessment lead for the Institute of Dentistry  and she oversees all undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes. In March 2021 she became the new deputy chair at the Dental Schools Council Assessment Alliance.

Rosa has been involved in pedagogical research for several years and has published several papers in this domain as well as presenting in numerous international conferences. She has also received two scholarships, one from ADEE and the other one from the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Programme at the University of Aberdeen to pursue her pedagogical research.

Dr Francis Nohl

Dr Francis Nohl

Dr Francis Nohl is a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at Newcastle Dental Hospital and the School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University.

Francis trained in medicine at St. Georges Hospital, followed by dentistry at University College, London University, before undertaking postgraduate training at the Eastman Dental Institute in London, and Newcastle University.  He took up his Consultant post in 2000. Francis carries out both surgical and prosthodontic aspects of implant dentistry, and has led the implant team in Newcastle responsible for service delivery and specialist clinical training.  He is founder and Degree Programme Director of the Diploma in Clinical Implant Dentistry at Newcastle University.
Professor Tara Renton

Professor Tara Renton

Professor Tara Renton is a Professor and Consultant in Oral Surgery.

Tara completed her dentistry at Guys (1984), Oral and Maxillofacial surgical training in Melbourne (1991), and undertook a PhD in Trigeminal Nerve injury at KCL (1999-2003). Following this she has undertaken a number of roles spanning the full breadth of clinical academia including: educating undergraduate dental students in modern oral surgical and local anaesthetic techniques; supervising 8 PhDs to completion; globally collaborating on orofacial pain research with substantial UKRI and NIHR funding and publishing over 200 papers; undertaking national and local leadership roles including establishing an orofacial pain service at Kings’ and two patient focussed websites for orofacial pain and trigeminal nerve injuries, chairing the national patient safety panel for dentistry and the mandibular third molar guidance for RCS England, and being immediate past-President of the British Association of Oral Surgeons.
Dr James Spencer

Dr James Spencer

Dr James Spencer qualified from the University of Bristol and undertook his orthodontic specialty training at the Eastman Dental Institute.

James continued his senior registrar training at the Eastman Dental Institute and Kingston Hospital and was appointed consultant orthodontist at Pinderfields Hospital and Leeds Dental Institute in 1999. He has lectured widely both nationally and internationally.

In the past he has been Chair of the Consultant Orthodontists Group and the British Orthodontic Conference. 

He is currently Postgraduate Dental Dean for HEE Yorkshire and the Humber and is also lead dean for Dental Specialty Training.

Dr Kate Taylor

Dr Kate Taylor

Dr Kate Taylor is Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant with at the Liverpool University Dental Hospital (LUDH)/Liverpool Foundations Trust NHS Hospitals.

Kate has a number of roles:

  • President Elect for ABAOMS
  • Elected council member for BAOS
  • Elected council member for DSTG
  • Secretary for ADA and elected council member
  • Academic Lead for Oral Diseases (LUDH)
  • Year 5 BDS Lead (LUDH)
  • Clinical Lead for Oral Diagnosis (acute dental care; LUDH)

She completed a basic science PhD with the University of Leeds but is now focussed on educational research and increasing awareness of conscious sedation in dentistry. She is part of a team at Liverpool that has recently been awarded a grant by DSTG to produce educational materials for conscious sedation for undergraduates. She has been engaged in medical emergencies training for a number of years and is passionate about medical emergency training for the whole team and in encouraging colleagues to choose oral surgery for a career.

Dr Becky Wassall

Dr Becky Wassall

Dr Becky Wassall is a Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University and Honorary Specialist in Special Care Dentistry at Newcastle Hospital Trust.

Qualified in 2000, she has worked in NHS hospital, GP and community dentistry and in 2011, she completed a PhD. 

As a Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University she was awarded an NIHR Transitional Research Fellowship to undertake postdoctoral research into the organisation and delivery of person-centred dental services for older people living and dying in care homes. 

Her academic work seeks to celebrate and promote the humanistic aspects of dental care for older people with significant health and care needs while also embracing the opportunities of technology to improve oral health and wellbeing. She has wide experience in a variety of methodologies involved in health services research and is currently exploring the use of co-design approaches in implementation research. 

As an enthusiastic and committed teacher she is always willing to share skills, knowledge and practise with more junior colleagues. Under her supervision, two early career researchers have now secured NIHR fellowships within the field of Special Care Dentistry. More recently, she was recognised by the Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University, for her efforts in supporting student’s pastoral and wellbeing needs in addition to playing a key role in the School’s transition back to aerosol generating student clinics.

Professor Julian M Yates

Professor Julian M Yates

Professor Julian M Yates qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1996 and is now a Professor in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Manchester.

Professor Yates is a clinical teacher in all aspects of Oral Surgery (Core and Extended Competencies) including implant dentistry. He is extensively involved in UG and PG teaching including the very popular MSc courses in Oral Surgery. He has extensive experience in all aspects of oral surgery and implantology – routine and complex dentoalveolar surgery, intra and extra oral, including soft and hard tissue reconstruction/augmentation, single teeth to whole mouth rehabilitation and treatment of the atrophic jaws using zygomatic implants and the “All-on-4” technique. Furthermore, he works within an experienced multidisciplinary team in order to explore all avenues of treatment available and provide the highest standard of care.

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