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Academic Team

Academic Team

Highly competent professionals teaching in both clinical, simulated and class room settings.

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Professor Maher Almasri

After completing a degree in Dental Surgery from Damascus University in 1995, Maher pursued a career in Oral Surgery at the Royal London Hospitals in London until 2003. He had an intensive year-long Implant Dentistry training at the Katharinen-Hospital in Stuttgart, Germany as an international scholar. He graduated with a Masters and Doctorate Degree from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry wherein he researched Tissue Regeneration and Engineering. He developed an interest in surgical education and started a pioneering cadaveric model for training dentists in a safe and effective manner.

In 2013, Maher founded and led BPP University’s Faculty of Dentistry, which became one of the largest postgraduate dentistry departments in the UK, and played a significant role in reforming dental private higher education. In parallel, he earned his MBA in Higher Education Management from University College London.

In addition, he has been actively involved in the development and support of research activities on an international level including Austria, China, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria and UAE.

Maher Almasri received an honorary professorship from Bari University in Italy and full Professorship title from BPP University.

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Associate Professor Sadia Jahanzeb

Sadia is an Associate Professor in Dental Education and Head of Academic Affairs. Sadia Jahanzeb qualified as a dentist from the University of the Punjab, Lahore in 2001 and later completed her MPhil in Microbiology from the University of Health Sciences, Lahore in 2008.

She worked as a Programme Leader for the MClinDent programmes at BPP University, working closely with the faculty in the design and development of innovative and inspiring teaching and assessments required for quality assurance and quality enhancement of postgraduate Dentistry programmes. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Dental Education from Kings College, London.

Prior to this, she was an Assistant Professor in the Periodontology Department at University College Lahore for two years. She has completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, UK.

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Professor Noha Seoudi

Research Director

Noha graduated with an Honours Degree in Dentistry and gained a Master’s Degree in Oral Medicine from Cairo University, Egypt. She was appointed to a prestigious clinical academic training and became one of only eight Clinical Oral Microbiologists in the UK. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Glasgow, all by examination. Her PhD thesis focuses on the interrelationship between oral microbiome and host immune response in patients with Behçet’s Disease.

She was awarded the Young Investigator Award in the International Conference on Behçet’s Disease, Japan, 2012. She is a reviewer in many scientific journals and an examiner in two Royal Collages. Noha is also a member of the English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance (ESPAUR) Dental Subgroup. Her current research interests are: oral microbiome analysis and antimicrobial stewardship.

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Professor Raj K RajaRayan OBE

Head of Restorative Dentistry

Honours: Officer of the Order of the British Empire for Services to Dental Education

Qualifications: MA (Clin Ed), MSc(Lon), BDS(Lon),FDS RCSEd, FFGDP(UK)RCS(Eng), MRD RCS(Eng),MGDS RCS(Eng), DRD RCSEd, LDS RCS(Eng) MRIP, RPf, CertP. Honorary: FICD,FPFA,FACD

He was the past Dean, Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), The Royal College of Surgeons of England; and past Associate Dean of Postgraduate Dentistry, London Deanery, University of London.

In 1999, Raj was awarded the Order of the Officer of the British Empire by Her Majesty, the Queen, for services to Dental Education in 1999. He was a former member of the Standing Dental Advisory Committee to the Secretary of State for Health and the Lord Chancellor on Judicial Appointments of Judges as well as of Magistrates. He also served on other advisory panels.

Raj was the youngest Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, the Royal College of Surgeons of England where he served as Chairman of Finance, Chairman of Examinations and as Vice Dean. He has examined for the Diploma, Membership and Fellowship examinations of the College and he is an emeritus examiner. He was also an elected Council member of the statutory body, the General Dental Council with the largest vote.

He was the Chairman of the AOG, past President of the British Society for General Dental Surgery, past Chairman of the Pierre Fauchard Academy (UK Chapter) and the National Centre for Transcultural Oral Health which he fathered. He has been elected honorary life member of several dental organisations from many nations including India, Malaysia, UK, Lebanon and Sri Lanka.

He has co-authored, edited and contributed chapters in several significant publications including the Self Assessment Manual and Standards, Pathways in Practice, Selection Criteria in Radiography, Dentists Patients and Minorities, Accessory Points, Occlusion and Articulation and so on. He originated and served on the Editorial Board of the first Continuing Education Journal (CPD-Dentistry) in Britain, which was the first verifiable CPD journal in the UK and continues to serve on several editorial panels.

He is a registered specialist in restorative dentistry and an internationally acclaimed lecturer having lectured as keynote speaker in numerous countries at several international events.

Raj K Raja Rayan OBE was a Director on the Board of Management of the Eastman Dental Institute prior to its merger with University College London. During his tenure, the new International Centre for Excellence in Dentistry was established to underpin the continuing professional development of general dental practitioners. His name is included in the plaque. As Associate Dean at the London Deanery, providing training and development of over 3,600 dentists and 7,000 Dental Care professionals, running over 800 educational activities in London and operating from 15 postgraduate centres, including Hi Fidelity simulation facilities.

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Professor Flavio Pisani

Head of Periodontics

Flavio Pisani graduated in Dentistry from the Catholic University of Rome “Agostino Gemelli” (Italy) in 1993. He holds a MClinDent in Oral Surgery, a MSc in Implant Dentistry and a MClinDent in Periodontology from the SIdP-Italian Society of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry. He completed his PhD in Dentistry in 2008 at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy).

Before relocating to the UK, Flavio has been actively involved as a clinical teaching fellow in dental education focused on periodontology, and oral and implant surgery at undergraduate and postgraduate courses in several Italian Universities. He is a Member of the Italian Society of Periodontology and Implantology (SIdPI). Dr. Flavio Pisani has a special interest in the management of periodontal diseases, and advanced treatments of regenerative and root coverage surgery.

Flavio has held the position of Full Time Senior Clinical Lecturer in Periodontology at BPP University since 2014 and he passionately leads the MClinDent Programme in Periodontology; he recently undertook the role of Head of Periodontics at the newly established College of Dentistry in Birmingham.

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Visiting Professor Aakshay Gulati

Head of Oral Surgery


Mr. Aakshay Gulati is appointed as consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon, with a specialist interest in head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstruction, at the renowned Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East Grinstead and is a core member of the West Kent Head & Neck multidisciplinary team. He has a keen interest in promoting higher education and regularly lectures and holds workshops in the fields of oral & maxillofacial surgery and implantology.

Mr. Gulati’s higher surgical training in oral & maxillofacial training has been in the South Coast of England. He has completed a head and neck sub-specialty fellowship in an internationally acclaimed centre in Munich and was subsequently also selected for the highly coveted national interface head and neck fellowships.

Aakshay holds positions with European Association of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery (EACMFS) as an Executive Officer and as a Specialty Tutor in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Queen Victoria Hospital. He has also contributed to a number of publications ranging from Head and Neck Cancer Research to Litigation in National Health Service Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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Professor Parmjit Singh

Head of Orthodontics

After qualifying as a dentist from the University of Newcastle in 2001, Parmjit relocated to London where he worked in general practice and at three undergraduate teaching hospitals. His specialist orthodontic training took place in London, Essex and Suffolk. He is trained to consultant level, the highest level for a UK orthodontist and has worked at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London and Ipswich Hospital as a locum consultant. Parmjit’s special interests include adult orthodontics (having completed an Master’s in smile aesthetics) as well as orthodontic retention, a subject area he has both lectured and published in. He provides the full range of orthodontic appliances including Incognito lingual braces and Invisalign.

He thoroughly enjoys teaching and has been awarded the Certificate in Learning and Teaching. He is a Professor of Orthodontics at the College of Medicine and Dentistry, Birmingham, where he is Course Director for the Master in Orthodontics and the Master in Clinical Orthodontics.  He is also the orthodontic lead for the Diploma in Orthodontics that is delivered at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration in Accra, Ghana in collaboration with the City of London Dental School and runs a Certificate in Orthodontics in Istanbul, Turkey in collaboration with the Vesta Academy.

Parmjit is a member of the British Orthodontic Society and the European Orthodontic Society. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

He is an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeon’s Licence in Dental Surgery (LDS), the Royal College of Surgeon’s Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy, the Royal College of Surgeon’s Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) and also examines for the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses where he sits on the orthodontic committee. In addition to these roles, he is a clinical adviser at the General Dental Council as an expert witness providing independent, impartial clinical advice.

He spends his time between London and Spain and enjoys cycling, hiking and DIY in his spare time.

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Visiting Professor Simon Ash. FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Visiting Professor, Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist

Visiting Professor Simon Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea. He is a previous lead clinician, head of department and clinical director of a large orthodontic NHS department.

Visiting Professor Ash is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and an accredited Consultant and Fellow at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Furthermore, for many years Visiting Professor Ash served as the Regional Dental and Speciality Orthodontic adviser (North Thames) to the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

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Visiting Professor James Prichard

Head of Endodontics

Professor Prichard is a renowned teacher in Endodontics, delivering hands on courses, lectures and seminars throughout the UK and overseas. He has held the posts of Associate Clinical Teacher, Clinical Teaching Fellow and Clinical Supervisor in Endodontics on the Masters Programme at The University of Warwick prior to joining BPP University in London as Visiting Professor and Programme leader for the MClinDent in Endodontology. He has supervised several Masters research projects and has published in the scientific journals including the International Endodontic Journal and The British Dental Journal. He has lectured at several international conferences including the British Dental Association annual meeting, the British Academy of Restorative Dentistry, the AEEDC in Dubai and the PAEC in Cairo.

He is an International Key Opinion Leader for FKG Dentaire and has demonstrated the latest advances in endodontic technology for Schottlander and FKG Dentaire at the Dental Showcases and Dentistry Show in the UK since 2004. He gained his Master’s Degree (MSc) in Restorative Dental Practice with distinction for his dissertation on ultrasonic cleaning of root canals which he completed at The Eastman Dental Institute in London. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics in New York, an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the British Academy of Restorative Dentistry.

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Mrs Emma Duke

DDT DDH BSc (Hons) Dental Studies

Qualified from Edinburgh Dental Hospital in 1991 as a Dental Hygienist and then from Liverpool Dental Hospital in 2005 as a Dental Therapist. Works part time in General Dental Practice and community and joined BPP in October 2016. Emma is currently an examiner for the British Society of Dental Nurse’s national examination and has been involved in internal moderating for the dental nurse national exam course, and an internal examiner for the BSc degree course in Dental Hygiene and therapy. I have done a variety of courses including practice management, teaching the teachers and I hold a certificate for Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector and is currently undertaking a masters in Healthcare Leadership and Management at BPP University.

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Dr Kanaan Elias

Consultant in Restorative Dentistry

Born and educated in Syria, joined the Eastman Dental Hospital in 1973 and completed the Eastman’s Master’s Degree in Conservative Dentistry in 1974. He remained member of the teaching staff to date. Dr Elias is on the GDC specialist list in prosthodontics and Endodontics and still active practicing private and NHS dentistry.

Kanaan has vast experience in the management of patients requiring advanced dental treatment in a multidisciplinary approach for cases requiring restorative, periodontics, orthodontics, paedodontics, oral medicine, dental implants and special needs intervention, and for compromised patients requiring general anaesthesia. His main teaching activity is in the “cutting mechanism of hard dental tissues”., he has publications in this field and contributed to the reference book “General Dental Treatment”.

He spent several years as research fellow at the institute of Dental Surgery and the Bioengineering Department at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. Has also lectured and supervised research projects nationally and internationally, and still active in this field. Previously a GDC licensing examiner and member of the British Standard Institution BSI on dental instruments and equipment. Member of almost all dental associations in the UK and several abroad.

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Visiting Professor Adam Nulty

Digital Dentistry

Adam, the “Digital Dentist”, is a highly experienced clinician with a special interest in Restorative & Aesthetic Dentistry, Digital Dentistry and Implantology.

In 2013 he completed a Master of Science degree in Restorative and Aesthetic dentistry
from the University Of Manchester, achieving a Distinction and is currently researching guided implantology in a PhD at Leeds University.

Adam lectures and Mentors on the Restorative and Aesthetics MSc for Manchester
University and is Course Director and Lecturer for the SMOP Guided Implant System.
He currently sits as President of the International Digital Dental Academy, co-founding the unbiased platform for Digital Dentistry along with the Digital Dental Academy Courses.

Shortlisted, Finalist and Winner of several industry awards, from Best Young Dentist
2013,2014,2015 and 2017 to Best Dental Team and Best Oral Health Promoter 2014 & 2015
and winner of several categories in the 2015 and 2018 Aesthetic Dentistry Awards.
Overall a respected lecturer and mentor in the field of 3D radiography, digital dentistry, implant planning and template guided implant placement.

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Visiting Professor Ali Ghanem

Head of Facial Aesthetics

After completing his undergraduate medical training in Damascus, Manchester, Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, Ali undertook early surgical training in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. He then successfully completed the United Kingdom National Plastic Surgery Specialty Training as one of only 5 academic trainees in Plastic Surgery in London leading to the award of the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS Plast) and Certification of Completion of Specialty Training (CCT). He is on the General Medical Council specialist register in plastic surgery and a full member of the United Kingdom Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

In addition to his UK training, Ali undertook international advanced specialty fellowships in Reconstructive Microsurgery (Seoul, South Korea) Aesthetic and Breast Reconstructive Surgery (Brussels, Belgium), Paediatric and Adult Maxillofacial Surgery (Paris, France & London, UK), Facial Aesthetic Surgery (Casablanca, Morocco & Miami USA), Paediatric Plastic Surgery (Toronto, Canada) and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery as the holder of the prestigious International Fellowship Award of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: Facelift (Dr C. Clark – Orlando and Dr T. Marten – San Francisco), Body Contouring and Regenerative Surgery (Dr S. Cohen San Diego), Aesthetic Oculoplastic Surgery (Dr M. Codner – Atlanta).

He is appointed senior clinical lecturer in plastic reconstructive aesthetic surgery at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and Consultant Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon at the Phoenix Hospital Group and the Cranley Clinic in London. He is the Programme Lead for the Master of Science in Aesthetic Medicine and Reconstructive Microsurgery with an active research, teaching and supervisory role. His clinical practice is dedicated solely to aesthetic plastic surgery and his reconstructive work is focused on treating children and adults with complex deformities in low and middle income countries and war zones as part of various charities and organisations. He has travelled to teach and operate in this capacity in his native Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya and India.

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Associate Professor Curd Bollen
DDS, PhD, MSc, MClinDent

Head of Implant Dentistry

Curd Bollen graduated in 1992 as dentist (DDS) at the Catholic University Leuven (B). In 1996 he received his PhD, and in 1997 he finished his MSc in Periodontology & Implantology (Leuven). In 2016 he completed his MClinDent programme from the University of the Pacific, USA.

Bollen published 35 articles in international dental journals and was co-author of 8 books/chapters in books. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Dental Health, Oral Disorders & Therapy.

Curd has been leading a clinic in the Netherlands, actively performing clinical work in periodontology, implantology and halitosis. Since 2018 he is scientific board member of the European Society for Ceramic Implantology (ESCI).

He has an extensive international experience working in academic institutions, as a consultant in the University of Leuven, Liège University, Nijmegen University, Bonn University, and in Düsseldorf University where he was a clinical assistant professor. He also worked in the University of Manchester as a senior clinical lecturer. He recently joined the College of Medicine & Dentistry, Birmingham as an Associate Clinical Professor.

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