Professor Chris Lynch commences term as Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI

Professor Chris Lynch has been installed as Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Professor Lynch is the twentieth Dean of the Faculty, and he will serve a term of 3 years.

Professor Chris Lynch is Professor & Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the Cork University Dental School & Hospital/ University College Cork. He has previously served as Vice Dean of the Faculty Dentistry (2019 – 2021). Since 2011, Professor Lynch serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dentistry, one of the leading international dental journals (current impact factor: 4.991).

Professor Lynch was awarded a Senior Doctorate in Dentistry, by assessment, from Cardiff University in 2019. He was awarded a Principal Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy UK in 2019. Following a competitive process, Chris was awarded one of Ireland’s inaugural National Learning & Teaching Research Fellowships in 2020 (Chris was one of 5 individuals recognised at this time, and the only awardee outside the greater Dublin area).

Professor Lynch graduated in dentistry from UCC (first place in class) in 1999. He successfully completed Consultant training in Restorative Dentistry at Cork and was then appointed a Senior Lecturer & Consultant at Cardiff University in 2006. At Cardiff, he progressed (via promotion) to a Readership in 2013, and a Personal Chair (Restorative Dentistry & Dental Education) in 2015. In 2017, Professor Lynch took up his current position of Professor & Consultant of Restorative Dentistry at University College Cork.

Professor Lynch has published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as a textbook on “Successful posterior composites” (one of the first textbooks in this area). With a PhD in mineralised tissue biology, Professor Lynch has focussed substantially on clinical dental education and the interface with clinical dental practice. Important examples include his work on the teaching of minimally invasive dentistry (e.g. placement of posterior composites) and developing a substantial evidence base to support community-based clinical teaching (“outreach teaching”) in dentistry.

The Faculty of Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) was founded in 1963 with the core mission of advancing the science, art and practice of dentistry by the promotion of education, study and research. It is one of the Surgical Postgraduate Faculties at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and its focus is on the post-qualification education and training of dentists in Ireland and overseas.

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Chitta Chowdhury


PhD (Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Asahi University School of Dentistry, Japan - 1991)
FFDRCSI (By exam : Oral Surgery with Oral Medicine, RCSI - 2004)
MPH (The University of Manchester, UK - 2009)
MFDS Glasgow (Ad Eundem : RCPS Glasgow - 2019)
BDS (Dhaka University - 1980)
DAND (PG Dip Applied Nutri and Dietetics, Dhaka University, 1982)

Current Posts:

Honorary Professor and PhD Co-supervisor, Faculty of Health, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
Visiting Professor, Osaka Dental University, Japan.

Grace Kelly


BDS 2003
MFDS 2009
Dip Hyp UCL 2011
DSCD 2013
MSCD RCSP (Glas) 2013
FFD RCSI (Ad Eundem) 2016
MSc 2017

Current Post:

Hospital Practice - Senior Lecturer/Consultant in Special Care Dentistry, Cardiff University, UK.

Richeal Ni Riordain


BDS 2002
PhD Oral Medicine 2011
MBBS 2014
MA Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2018
Certificate in Healthcare Management 2018
FDS Oral Medicine RCS(Eng) 2018
FFD RCSI (Ad Eundem) 2020

Current Posts:

Consultant/Senior Lecturer in Oral Medicine, University College Cork.
Honorary Associate Professor of Oral Medicine, University College London.
Regional Dental Academic and Research Advisor, Health Education England in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, UK.

Deepak Thomas


B Dent Surg 1992
MB BChBAO 2003
MRCS (Intercollegiate) 2007
MSc 2018

Current Posts:

Consultant Oral Surgeon at the Beacon Hospital Dublin and Kingsbridge Hospital Sligo.
Specialist Oral Surgeon at Northwest Oral Surgery, Sligo and Northern Cross Dental, Dublin
Limited to Private Practice.

Fergal Rory Maguire


BDS NUI 2001


M. Phil. Biomaterials  Science (University of Birmingham) 2007

M. Dent. Ch. Periodontics (U. Dubl.) 2008

FFD RCSI Periodontics 2008

Diploma of the European Federation of Periodontology 2008 

Ph. D Oral Biosciences (U. Dubl.) 2014


Current Post:

Private Practice limited to Periodontics and Implant Dentistry

John Ed O'Connell


BDS NUI 2004



MB, BCh, BAO, BA 2012


FRCS (OMFS) 2019


Current Post: 

Fellow in Head and Neck Oncology with Reconstruction, UK.

Deepak Thomas


B Dent Surg 1992

MB BChBAO 2003

MRCS( Intercollegiate)2007 

MSc 2018



Current Post:

Consultant Oral Surgeon at the Beacon Hospital Dublin and Kingsbridge Hospital Sligo

Specialist Oral Surgeon at Northwest Oral Surgery, Sligo and Northern Cross Dental, Dublin

Limited to Private Practice

Albert Yeung


BDS Glasgow 1989

MMedSci Sheffield 1999


MPHe Manchester 2004



FHEA 2007

FFPH 2007

MPhil Manchester 2010

ACIEA 2020

MCGDent 2021


Current Post: 

Consultant in Dental Public Health, NHS Lanarkshire, Scotland

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Professional Adviser, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman