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Dentistry Top 50 – and a new number one!


Dentistry Top 50 – and a new number one!

Thousands of you voted online here and via Dentistry magazine and here are the results in full!

This now-traditional annual feature yet again gripped readers as they took the opportunity to have their say on who they felt were the most influential people in the UK dental profession.

This is the fifth year we've run this campaign and the excitement and anticipation it draws from within the industry show no sign of abating.

Read on to see where your votes went..

1. Edward Lynch
[Last year: 5]

A hugely influential academic with a bulging CV, Edward Lynch has been voted your number one for 2010.

Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Gerodontology at Queen's University Belfast, as well as Consultant in Restorative Dentistry to the Royal Hospitals, Dr Lynch has been awarded more than 90 research grants (totalling over £5 million), successfully supervised more than 50 MSc, MPhil and PhD students, and been awarded many prizes for his research.

"His enthusiasm to provide continuous support for his students' dental education and scientific endeavours well into their careers has also won him much praise"

He is also chairman of the European Experts Group on tooth whitening and has presented on the subject to the EU parliament.

His clinical commitment has been in restorative and prosthodontic care of patients for more than 25 years. He believes that promotion of better health is best served by research, and to this end is constantly encouraging the development of more young, enthusiastic researchers.

His research team at Queens University has been awarded first prize at several annual award meetings of the International Association for Dental Research.

Edward has served on many committees including secretary, treasurer and president of GORG, Council of the Irish Division of IADR, the University of London Dental Subject Panel of the Medical Faculty, and is on the editorial board of numerous international journals.

He presents at many prestigious courses worldwide each year, and is a highly esteemed postgraduate teacher throughout the UK.

His courses are well received in terms of content and presentation, with his hands-on teaching in high demand, enabling him to enhance the careers of GDPs, community dentists, hospital dental staff and many more over the years.

His enthusiasm to provide continuous support for his students' dental education and scientific endeavours well into their careers has also won him much praise.

2. Chris Barrow
[Last year: 17]

An ever-present in the Top 50 since this feature launched in 2006, Chris picked up many votes this year and jumps up to second, rising 15 places from last year.

Chris has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for more than 13 years now. In 1997 he created The Dental Business School and developed a business coaching programme for dental practice owners and their teams that was delivered to more than 400 UK
practices over the next decade.

During that time he built up a reputation as an effective and efficient communicator, identifying clear goals and focusing on priorities, with the ultimate aim of helping dental practice owners generate more profit in less time. His direct, assertive and innovative approach won him many admirers and saw him become a polished, charismatic public speaker.

In October 2008, he joined Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH), the largest dental corporate in the UK, as its director of private sector development.

His role there is to create a division of the company that is made up of dynamic private practices.

3. Kevin Lewis
[Last year: 2]

Kevin is always there or thereabouts and once again received a huge number of votes this year. Voted number one in this poll for three straight years from 2006-8, he is still clearly very high in most people's thoughts when casting their votes.

During 20 years in full-time general practice – and a further ten practising part-time – Kevin developed special interests in preventive dentistry and practice management. He became involved in the medico-legal field in 1989, joining Dental Protection Limited (DPL) as a member of its Board of Directors. Three years later he was appointed dento-legal adviser and in 1998 became DPL's dental director, which he remains today, while he is also the Dental Protection lead for members in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

He is a member of the Executive Committee and Council of the Medical Protection Society and has lectured extensively all over the world, including at five FDI World Dental Congresses since 1995.
Kevin has written two textbooks on dental practice management and countless articles.
From 1981-2006 he was the associate editor of Dental Practice, and is now consultant editor and a regular columnist for Dentistry magazine. It is through his writing that he has become a hugely popular figure in the profession, his incisive and witty style – when dissecting all aspects of UK dentistry – striking a cord with many readers.

4. James Goolnik
[Last year: N/A]

Our highest new entry for this year is James Goolnik, who was recently elected president of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD).

James qualified from Kings College in 1992 and has worked in the city of London since 1995. He has a masters degree in Conservative Dentistry from the Eastman Dental Institute and now practises all aspects of cosmetic dentistry with his multi-specialist team at Bow Lane Dental Group, where he is the principal and owner. The award-winning private practice has its own on-site dedicated dental laboratory.

He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Association of Dental Implantology, the British Society Of Occlusal Studies and the British Dental Association. He is on the board of the British Dental Bleaching Society and trains members of the dental team in tooth whitening through his company Smiles by James.

James lectures internationally on the subjects of tooth whitening techniques, minimal invasive dentistry and marketing your practice. His profile is such that he is recognised as a top cosmetic dentist and writes for several magazines including Maxim, and has also been interviewed on many television and radio programmes.

In his new role at the BACD he plans to widen the scope and influence of the Academy, forging
relationships with the entire dental community, not just in the cosmetic dental arena.

5. Amarjit Gill
[Last year: 3]

A perennial top-ten figure in this poll, Amarjit is a big name throughout the profession, but over the last few months may well have picked up votes due to his work in helping set up Dental Xpress, the UK's first mobile dental surgery.

The self-sufficient unit, containing four surgeries, a decontamination area, a reception and a staff room, has proved very popular in its first outing in Leicester, providing NHS treatment in an area where access has long been a problem.

The hope is that further contracts can be agreed with PCTs up and down the country so the mobile unit can travel to wherever it is needed. Amarjit is the company's spokesman and non-executive director, and is likely to have his work cut out in the coming months as he will be the next British Dental Association (BDA) president in 2010-11.

He was on the BDA's Executive Board from 2000-2009, at one point being the deputy chairman, and over the years has influenced many dental professionals' lives, in particular drawing on his own business and entrepreneurial experience to offer guidance to BDA members to become more successful by embracing the commercial opportunities around them.

Amarjit has lectured throughout the UK on the future of dentistry and tooth whitening, while he still works as a prevention-based cosmetic dentist in Nottingham.

When he takes over the BDA presidency, he aims to develop a more integrated profession, with a closer and more structured way of co-operation between the trade, hygienists, nurses and therapists.

6. Anoop Maini
[Last year: N/A]
Another high new entry, Anoop is one of the leading cosmetic dentists in London, and the rising reputation of his thriving aesthetic business may well be behind his surge into the Top 50.

The clinical director of Aqua Dental Spa in the heart of London's West End, Anoop is going a long way to proving that high-end aesthetic dentistry is still alive and kicking in the UK, despite the recession.

Following an extensive refurbishment and brand change, Aqua Dental has the reputation of being at the cutting edge of private, elective dentistry, with its spa philosophy and décor that is a reflection of its high-end, aesthetic approach.

Anoop qualified in 1992 and, after initially being frustrated at not being able to do the dentistry he loved, he left behind the NHS to pursue his interests – namely smile makeovers, full-mouth rehabilitations, implants and facial aesthetics, which form the heart of Aqua Dental Spa.

The practice has also earned a national reputation for treating phobic patients, and Anoop has undergone extensive training in this area. He is also on the board of directors of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, where he is the chair of its Learning Committee.

7. Paul Tipton
[Last year: 25]
Paul's passion for teaching through his company Tipton Training has seen his influence continually spread throughout the profession, and once again this acclaimed restorative dentist achieves a high placing in our Top 50.

He qualified in 1978 from Sheffield University and, after teaching in Sheffield and Australia, established a mixed practice in Manchester, turning fully private in 1986. Paul studied in London for three years under Michael Wise and completed the Branemark implantology course in Sweden. After a further two years' study at the Eastman Dental Hospital and London University he graduated with an MSc in Conservative Dentistry. In 1999 Paul was awarded specialist status in prosthodontics from the General Dental Council.

He is on the editorial board of Private Dentistry magazine and was a founding member of the British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry and the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Regarded as a leading authority on cosmetic and restorative dentistry and implantology, Paul lectures on these subjects across the UK, Europe, North America & Asia.

8. Chris Orr
[Last year: 16]
Chris, one of the UK's most renowned cosmetic dentists, once again achieves a high placing.
He is a founder and past president of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) as well as being a past president of the Odontological Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and a former director of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Chris is a still an Accredited Member of the BACD, and also a certified member of the European Society of Cosmetic Dentistry and the British Dental Bleaching Society.

Chris is the course director for Advanced Dental Seminars' year-long course in Cosmetic Dentistry and Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry, one of the UK's most popular postgraduate dental programmes, with more than 500 participants over the last six years. It is held at his purpose-built training centre in London Bridge, one of the largest privately owned postgraduate training facilities in Europe.

In addition he lectures extensively around the UK and abroad, having been an invited speaker at meetings throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia.

Chris frequently writes articles on subjects related to cosmetic dentistry in the press. His work has featured in the Daily Mail, the London Evening Standard, the Independent on Sunday, as well as in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Heat, and has also appeared on radio and TV programmes such as Extreme Makeover UK and Horizon.

9. Wyman Chan
Last year: 10
Wyman has become one of the biggest names in the field of UK tooth whitening, and it's no surprise to see him maintaining a high position in this poll.
After forming the Smile Studio in London – the first dedicated tooth-whitening specialist centre in the UK – in 2002, the network of Smile Studio outlets has stretched to major cities such as Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool and Bristol. Wyman has been at the forefront of the growing rise in popularity of tooth whitening over the last decade, holding five British patents in the field (with several more pending) and constantly updating his
techniques and products through innovative research and development.
Through his research he developed and patented the ‘Wy10 Whitening System', a pain-free technique that eclipsed conventional methods of teeth whitening based on the theory that cumbersome, intrusive lasers were needed to help penetrate the tooth's enamel.

His success has led to him earning a 'dentist to the stars' reputation, and several famous celebrities are said to have made the trip to the Smile Studio's spa-like setting in Shaftesbury Avenue for the Wy10 treatment, including Cheryl Cole.

Wyman is much published, lectures internationally and runs monthly hands-on power whitening seminars in London.

10. Raj Rattan
[Last year: 9]
Raj is another familiar name in our top ten, and he features highly once again this year after receiving many votes.

He is a GDP and owner of practices in London and Oxford, and practises part-time now in order to fulfil his role as Associate Dean at the London Deanery with responsibility for postgraduate dental vocational training. He is also a dento-legal adviser for Dental Protection and a consultant to a number of professional organisations both within the private and NHS sector, both of which he has a wealth of experience in.

Raj is a former policy adviser to the Department of Health, and was a member of the original Options for Change task group in 2001.

He has had a major impact in the world of publishing, authoring and co-authoring seven textbooks including Clinical Governance in General Dental Practice, Understanding NHS Dentistry and Quality Matters: From Clinical Care to Customer Service. He has also had hundreds of articles published in the dental press on various aspects of general dental practice. 
Raj frequently lectures in the UK, particularly on the subjects of practice management and endodontics.

Here, the Top 50 in full:

1. Edward Lynch
2. Chris Barrow
3. Kevin Lewis
4. James Goolnik
5. Amarjit Gill
6. Anoop Maini
7. Paul Tipton
8. Chris Orr
9. Wyman Chan
10. Raj Rattan
11. Linda Greenwall
12. Eddie Crouch
13. Tif Qureshi
14. Barry Cockcroft
15. James Russell
16. Michael Wise
17. Stephen Hancocks
18. Tony Jacobs
19. Paddi Lund
20. Laura Horton
21. Trevor Burke
22. Sia Mirfendereski
23. Jimmy Steele
24. Tim Bradstock-Smith
25. Stewart Harding
26. Philip Friel
27. Ruby Austin
28. David Bloom
29. Mervyn Druian
30. Elaine Halley
31. Roy Higson
32. Nairn Wilson
33. David Houston
34. Manny Vasant
35. Julian English
36. Jane Armitage
37. Ian Buckle
38. Gordon Christensen
39. Ian Benington
40. Frank Spear
41. Ellis Paul
42. Tony Kilcoyne
43. Paul Brunton
44. John Besford
45. Alison Lockyer
46. Paul Batchelor
47. Jamie Newlands
48. Per-Ingvar Branemark
49. Mike Gow
50. Ashok Sethi

 Posted on : Tue 6th - Apr - 2010


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