2017 Speakers

Martin Fulford


Martin Fulford has spent 17 years working as a general dental practitioner in the UK. During this time he managed to combine clinical dentistry with research, mainly in the field of infection control. Martin is active in research and is currently part of a team investigating the possibility of the transmission of vCJD via contaminated dental instruments. Martin is also a scientific adviser, with a particular interest in infection control, to the British Dental Association.

Philip Lewis


Philip Lewis BDS is an Ambassador for the Mouth Cancer Foundation www.mouthcancerfoundation.org and Clinical Lead of the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme. He has lectured widely on the early detection of mouth cancer in general dental practice and written articles and online material for the dental and consumer press.

Yusof Omar


Joe Omar spent his early years in South Africa before his family emigrated to the UK. He qualified as a doctor from Cairo University in 1976 and returned to the UK to pursue a career in Anaesthesia. He left the NHS in 1984 to establish a private practice in Dental Anaesthesia/Sedation for dentistry in the Harley Street area; now proudly serving approximately 200 referring dentists. Joe is a Clinical Lecturer in Sedation at the Eastman Dental Institute, CPD, UCL. He has lectured on medical emergencies for the past 20 years or more to audiences in the UK as well as many parts of the world, including the FDI in Canada in 2005, South Africa and the Seychelles. He is well known for his unique delivery of the subject. Joe served on the ‘Standing Committee for Sedation in Dentistry’ at the RCS and RCoA from 2007 until earlier this year and is Council member of the Association of Dental Anaesthetists (ADA).

Jimmy Makdissi


Dr Makdissi better known as Jimmy joined Queen Mary School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2004 as a Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology. He completed his specialist training at Guy’s Hospital and obtained his Diploma of Dental Radiology from the Royal College of Radiologists. He directs the Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology programme of the undergraduate BDS curriculum. He served on the Education Committee of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. He also served as the Dental Tutor for the London Deanery at Barts Health and the Faculty Tutor at the Royal College of He is currently the President of the Metropolitan Branch of the British He is the founder and the clinical director of the Cone Beam CT Surgeons. Dental Association. Centre at 9 Harley Street.

Len D’Cruz


Len D’Cruz qualified from the Royal London Hospital in 1989 and did his vocational training at Whipps Cross. Starting in an associate position in Hertfordshire, he is now owner of his own practice in Woodford Green. Len has been a vocational trainer for a number of years and current examiner for the MJDF. He currently splits his time between clinical general dental practice and legal advisor for Dental Protection. He is also Associate Dean for the London Deanery. He has published a number of texts is member of the General Dental Practice Committee of the BDA and is lead lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire for the PG Cert in Dental Law and Ethics.

Pat Langley


Pat spent the years immediately following graduation from Manchester University combining general practice with teaching oral surgery and remains to this day a partner in two practices in the South East. In 1987 she joined Denplan as a founder member where she went on to become Deputy Chief Dental Officer whilst continuing part time in general practice. At Denplan she was instrumental in developing their acclaimed quality assurance and accreditation programmes alongside their popular training programmes.

In 2003 Pat moved to Oasis Dental Care as Clinical Director, a role she held for the next 7 years. At Oasis she developed and implemented a much-praised and comprehensive bespoke clinical governance programme and, working closely with the operations team, was an integral part of the team that successfully won xx tenders to build new start-up practices.

Along with fellow clinician Jerry Watson she co-founded Apolline in 2010. Pat and Jerry also run the Faculty of General Practice (UK)’s acclaimed ‘Certificate in Appraisal of Dental Practices.