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Dental School appoints new dean

30 July 2010

Professor Mike Lewis

A new Dean to oversee all the provision of the University’s dental teaching and research has been appointed.

Professor Mike Lewis, Professor of Oral Medicine, has taken up the post of Dean of the School of Dentistry, heading the only school of its type in Wales, which has 150-staff and 400 students.

Presently Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies at the School of Dentistry and an Honorary Consultant in Oral Medicine to the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Professor Lewis said: "As well as being a critical provider of clinical care to approximately 150,000 patients each year, throughout the 18 years of working at Cardiff I have witnessed the School go from strength to strength and become one of the top dental institutions in the UK.

"We have progressively improved our rating in the past three research assessment exercises and I hope that this trend will continue in the forthcoming REF in 2013. It is an honour for me to be given the opportunity to now lead the School to what I hope will be further academic achievement and success in the future.

"In addition, I will be working equally as hard to ensure that our undergraduate and postgraduate students have a successful and enjoyable academic experience whilst studying in Cardiff.

"I believe that the imminent completion of the new research laboratories in the School and the establishment of the state-of-the art clinical facilities in Mountain Ash will further enhance the position of the School of Dentistry at the University as a world leader in dental research and education."

Professor Lewis came to the University in 1992 where he took up a Lectureship in Oral Medicine in Cardiff. He was subsequently promoted firstly to Senior Lectureship and then Reader, gaining a personal Chair in 2000. During the past three years he has served as Dean of the Dental Faculty at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and Chair of the Joint Meeting of Dental Faculties of the Surgical Colleges in UK and Ireland.

During his career he has developed strong postgraduate links in the Middle East, which has enhanced the development of clinical MSc programmes in Cardiff. He has served as President of the British Society of Oral Medicine, member of the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs at the Home Office and member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Antimicrobial Resistance and Hospital Acquired Infection at the Department of Health. He maintains an active research programme in microbiology and therapeutics and was instrumental in establishing the Clinical Trial Unit in the Dental Hospital and School.

Well known to many dental professionals throughout Wales as a result of his extensive postgraduate activity, Professor Lewis has served as the Hospital Tutor for the inaugural Dental General Professional Training Scheme in Wales since 1997. Over the past two years has provided core CPD in Infection Control to approximately 2,000 Dental Healthcare Professionals in Wales.

Professor Lewis will also become Divisional Director of the Dental Division of the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, and assume responsibility for service delivery and patient care for over 155,000 clinical contacts annually (97,000 within the University Dental Hospital and 59,000 within the Community Dental Services).

Professor Lewis takes over the post dual role of Dean and Divisional Director from Professor Elizabeth Treasure, who has provided this leadership role since 2006.

During Professor Treasure’s tenure the School further developed its postgraduate dental provision, including the MSc in Conscious Sedation, and the Modernising Dental Education programme. Her leadership strengthened links with the NHS, maintained the Schools standing as one of the top schools in the UK, and made significant investment in facilities, including a £2M laboratory refurbishment programme in 2007, which has facilitated the expansion of research activities.

Professor Treasure was also instrumental in establishing the Mountain Ash Primary Care Dental Unit in the Cynon Valley, an £8M, a state-of-the-art 18-chair educational Unit in an area of severe shortage of dentists and high dental disease, which will open in 2011. The Unit ensures that students receive a more rounded educational experience while also providing much needed healthcare for approximately 10,000 people.

Professor Treasure said: "Professor Mike Lewis possesses the rights skills and experience necessary to ensure the School remains at the forefront of teaching, research and clinical excellence. I am sure his leadership will see School continue to meet the needs of the dental profession, and those of the healthcare sector in the twenty-first century. I wish Professor Mike Lewis every success in his new role."

Professor Treasure steps down as Dean and becomes the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University – the first female Deputy Vice-Chancellor in the University’s history.

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