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RCSEd elects new Dental Dean

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09 Dec 2013

Prof SaundersA new Dean has been elected to lead the RCSEd's Faculty of Dental Surgery.

Professor William Saunders (pictured), who is a long-standing member of the College's Dental Council and was the UK's first Professor of Endodontology, will take over from current Dean, Professor Richard Ibbetson, from October 2014.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Saunders said it would be a privilege to work with such a strong professional body: "I am absolutely delighted to have been elected Dean of the Dental Faculty; it is such an honour to represent the College in this capacity. The Dental Faculty is a thriving institution within the College and I hope to continue the good work that has been undertaken by my predecessors.  Dental Council and SAB Chairs are motivated and committed to the values of the College and it will be a huge privilege to work with this excellent organisation."

Professor Saunders has spent the majority of his working life in academic clinical dentistry. After graduating from the Royal Dental Hospital of London in 1970 he spent five years in the Royal Air Force and six years in general dental practice. Appointed in 1981 to a Lectureship in Conservative Dentistry at Dundee Dental School, Professor Saunders completed higher training in Restorative Dentistry and a PhD. He then spent 13 years at Glasgow Dental School where he served as Senior Lecturer, Professor of Clinical Practice and became the first Professor of Endodontology in the UK in 1995. He returned to Dundee in 2000 and served as Dean for 11 years and he has also been Chair of the UK's Dental Schools Council.

He has published widely and had a thriving clinical practice within Dundee Dental Hospital. Professor Saunders retired from full-time academic and clinical practice in November 2013.

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