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Graduate’s top Welsh dental post

01 June 2011

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A Cardiff dental graduate, David Thomas, has been appointed as Wales’ new Chief Dental Officer.

Mr Thomas qualified from the School of Dentistry in 1976. He was appointed as Deputy Chief Dental Officer to the Welsh Government in 2010, and was named Acting Chief Dental Officer (CDO) later that year following the retirement of the previous CDO, Dr Paul Langmaid.

The Chief Dental Officer is responsible for providing high quality and professional advice to Welsh Government Ministers in relation to dentistry policy, the practice of dentistry and the promotion of good oral health.

Announcing the appointment, the Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Tony Jewell said: "David brings to the role a background in community dentistry, dental public health as well as a record in academia, in both a management and research role. He has published widely in academic dental journals and has been involved in the management of Dental Postgraduate Education."

Mr Thomas said: "I am delighted to have been appointed to the role of Chief Dental Officer for Wales and look forward to working with the Welsh Government Ministers on the many aspects of dental policy and practice, including promoting and improving the dental health of the people of Wales."

Professor Mike Lewis, Dean of the School of Dentistry, said: "We take great pleasure in the achievements of our graduates, so we would like to congratulate David Thomas on his new appointment. As Wales’ only dental school, we also look forward to working with David on developing the profession in Wales and meeting the dental healthcare needs of the population."