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Last updated: 9 Sep 2020
I am a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer based in Birmingham.
I graduated in dentistry with distinction at the University of Malta in 2003, finishing first in my year. Following a few years working for the state health service in Malta, I relocated to the United Kingdom in 2005, initially working in paediatric dentistry and orthodontics. Following junior posts in Maxillofacial Surgery in the West of Scotland, I completed the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2006.
In 2007, I started an accelerated medical degree at the University of Birmingham, completing this in 2010 with distinction, coming first in my year and being awarded the Sir Arthur Thomson Gold Medal and the Chancellor's Prize, awarded annually for outstanding achievement and contributions to the general life of the University.
Junior doctor jobs followed around the West Midlands, including core surgical training in Plastic Surgery and completion of the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons exams in 2012. I was then granted a place on a higher surgical training programme in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the West Midlands, training in the whole remit of the specialty and successfully completing my exit Fellowship exams in 2017, as well as gaining a Masters in Medical Education with distinction from the acclaimed programme at the Centre for Medical Education, University of Dundee.
I rounded off my training with two nationally awarded Training Interface Group (TIG) Fellowships in Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery and the Management of Skin Cancer in Nottingham and Leeds respectively in 2018, prior to taking up the post of Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
Areas of interest
Dento-alveolar surgery; Oral surgery; Wisdom tooth surgery; Impacted teeth; Facial pain; Oral medicine; Temporomandibular disorders; TMJ; Dental extractions; Non-melanoma skin cancer; Skin cancer; Skin surgery; Sebaceous cyst removal; Skin tag removal; Removal of skin lesions; Basal cell carcinoma; Lipoma; Salivary gland diseases; Non-surgical facial rejuvenation (Botox and dermal fillers)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon / Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
My research activity is varied and recent projects have included the following: postgraduate training in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) surgery; the design, implementation and assessment of virtual learning environments (VLEs) in postgraduate education; restructuring of post-graduate education in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic; developing a clinical predictor tool for the likelihood of facial fractures on plain film radiography (the Birmingham Mandible and Midface Rules); the place of Aristotelian ethics in postgraduate surgical training.
I regularly publish in peer-reviewed journals such as the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons. I have recently been invited to join the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics Unit based at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk and am also an Associate Editor for the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Maltese - Native or bilingual
- Italian - Fluent
- French - Conversational
- Persian (Farsi) - Basic
British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons
European Journal of Dental Education
Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Courses offered to GPs
I would be happy to offer talks on areas within my remit including oral surgery, facial pain/TMJ disorders, skin cancer and salivary gland disorders.
Clear margin rate for non-melanoma skin cancer: 97%
- Bachelor of Dental Surgery BChD(Hons) University of Malta 2003
- Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeon MFDS Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow 2006
- Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery MBChB(Hons) University of Birmingham 2010
- Member of the Royal College of Surgeons MRCS Royal College of Surgeons of England 2012
- Masters in Medical Education MMEd University of Dundee 2015
- Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery FRCS(OMFS) Royal College of Surgeons of England 2017
- Training Interface Group (TIG) Fellow in Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust 2018
- Training Interface Group (TIG) Fellow in the Management of Skin Cancer Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 2018
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Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham 2016
- External Member UNESCO Unit of Bioethics, Edge Hill University 2019
- Associate Editor British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 2020
Details of entry to specialist register
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2018
Affiliations / memberships
British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS)
International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS)
British Medical Association (BMA)
Membership of the Academy of Medical Educators (MAcadMedEd)
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Post treatment communication
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