Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, announces Professor Albert Leung installed as Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry.

Professor Albert Leung commenced his three-year term as the 19th Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at a ceremony at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland on February 14th 2020. Attended by Faculty staff and Board Members, Dean Leung announced his top three priorities for his term as dean were:

  1. Modernization of the Diploma in Primary Care Dentistry assessments
  2. Structured post qualification training and education for dentists
  3. Foster and develop further collaborative relationships with our colleagues both at home and overseas.

Professor Leung holds the prestigious Chair in Dental Education at University College London Eastman Dental Institute. He has been actively involved in the Faculty of Dentistry since 1999, first as an Examiner then as Chair for the MGDS examination, then as Chair of the MFD/Diploma examination committee, providing leadership on the development of the Diploma of Primary Care Dentistry and Fellowship in General Dental Surgery. A member of the Faculty Board since 2013, Professor Leung has served as Vice Dean and was unanimously elected Dean by his fellow Faculty Board Members. Dean Leung has achieved international distinction including receipt of the Association for Dental Education (ADEE) Excellence in Dental Education Mature Career Award – one of the highest international accolades in dental education.

Dean Leung paid tribute and thanks to outgoing Faculty Dean, Dr John Marley for his exceptional leadership of the Faculty during a period of significant change – remarking that Dean Marley had transformed the Faculty of Dentistry and strengthened it immeasurably as it moves into the third decade of the new millennium.

The Faculty of Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland was founded in 1963. It is made up of specialists/consultants, academics and general dentists who, along with its sister faculties in Scotland and England, provide education, accreditation of educational programmes and assessments of qualified dentists both in Ireland and overseas. In 2020, the Faculty launched its’ new “Faculty Affiliate” category, to support and develop dentists in Ireland and overseas, as well as students currently training to become dentists. The launch of the “Faculty Affiliate” category of membership means there is now a membership option for all dentists. Previously, membership of the Faculty of Dentistry was only open to those who had successfully obtained one of the Faculty’s examinations. Faculty Affiliates will receive exclusive access to the Faculty’s online portal including an archive of video recordings of CPD lectures, discounted rates for CPD accredited courses, access to online education resources, networking opportunities and more.


Professor Albert Leung, newly installed Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry.


Dr John Marley (Outgoing Dean), Mr Kenneth Mealy (President, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), Professor Albert Leung


Current Board of the Faculty of Dentistry. Front row (L-R): Dr Kieran Daly (Treasurer), Ms Fiona Allen (Operational Manager/ Registrar), Dr John Marley (Immediate Past Dean), Professor Albert Leung (Dean), Professor Chris Lynch (Vice Dean), Dr Edward Cotter (Secretary). Back row (L-R): Dr John Walsh, Professor Gerry Kearns, Dr Osama Omer, Dr Grace Kelly, Dr Mary Collins, Dr Pat Cleary, Mr Sean Sheridan, Mr Ken Halpenny, Dr Gerry Cleary


Current and former Deans of the Faculty of Dentistry. L-R: Professor Gerry Kearns, Mr Sean Sheridan, Professor Albert Leung, Dr John Marley, Dr John Walsh.

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Edward Cotter



BA, B. Dent Sc, FFD RCSI, MS Prosthodontics


Edward Cotter graduated from Trinity College in 1988. He worked for two years in General Practice in Downpatrick Co Down. He received his specialty Residency training in Prosthodontics at the University of Iowa and his Fellowship training in Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Edward is in practice limited to Prosthodontics, Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology in Dublin. He is a previous Secretary of the Board of Faculty of Dentistry. He is a previous member of the Board of the Irish Dental Association. He is a Past President of Metropolitan Branch of IDA.

Peter Ramsay-Baggs





Mr Ramsay-Baggs qualified from The London Hospital Dental School (QMC, U London) in 1976. He spent time in general dental practice in London before undertaking his specialist training with posts in Scotland and London prior to attending Queens University Belfast to undertake a medical degree. His training was completed in Northern Ireland. He obtained the FFD in 1987, FDS in 1989 and the FRCS in 1990. He was appointed Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon in 1991. He was member of the Board of the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI in 2005, 2014-2017 and 2017-2020.

Joe Hennessy



BA, B. Dent Sc, MFD(RCSI), DClinDent(TCD), MOrth(RCSEd), FFD(RCSI)


Joe is a Specialist Orthodontist in Dundrum, Dublin and the Regional Orthodontic Unit ,Tallaght. He is an Orthodontic Supervisor in the Dublin Dental University Hospital and has served on the previous Board of the RCSI faculty of Dentistry. He is the Treasurer for the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI, is the Chair of the Audit and Finance committee and a member of the Education Committee for the Faculty. Joe is the Lead Examiner for the FFD in Orthodontics for the RCSI.
Joe qualified as a dentist from Trinity College Dublin in 2008, obtaining a first Class Honours degree and winning the Sheldon Friel Prize for the overall highest grade in his final exams.

Osama E Omer



BDS Khartoum
MSc (1986) & PhD (1991) Manchester
FDSRCSI & FFDRCSI (Intercollegiate 1999)
Diploma in Health Services Management (Dip. HSM) Institute of Commercial Management, UK (2004)
University Diploma in Implantology (DIU), Lille (2010)
Associate Fellowship of American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AFAAID) (2011)


Served for a number of terms in the Board of Faculty of Dentistry RCSI and was Vice Dean during 2013-2015. Examiner FODRCSI since 2000. Former Director of Continuing Dental Education, Dublin Dental University Hospital during 2005-2010. Internal and External Examiner for under and postgraduate Dental Students. Research interests include Clinical Dental Materials and Restorative Dental Oncology. Published in local, regional and international dental periodicals. Member of various learned societies including the IADR, ISMR. Currently works as Associate Professor/Consultant in Restorative Dentistry/Restorative Dental Oncology, Dublin Dental University Hospital.

Sean Malone



BA, B. Dent Sc, FFD RCSI, Dip Clin Dent, TCD FICD


Dr Sean Malone graduated from TCD in 1980. He worked in the Dublin Dental Hospital, and Liverpool Dental Hospital, and in General Practice in U.K. He returned to Dublin in 1990, and worked in the Dublin Dental Hospital and in General Practice in Sandycove. Dr Malone completed his FFD in General Dentistry in 1992, and the Diploma in Clinical Dentistry in 2002. He was elected to the International College of Dentistry in 2008.He was a part time lecturer in the Dublin Dental Hospital from 1990 to 2000, from which time he devoted himself full time to Private practice. He is a past President of the Irish Dental Association. In his time as Board member of the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI, he has organised the Annual Scientific Meeting for many years, and examined extensively in Ireland, the Middle East, and Sudan. Dr Malone feels that a strong voice for General Practice is of vital importance on the Board of the Faculty of Dentistry.

Andrew Bolas



BDS 1991 Queens University, FFDRCSI Oral Surgery 1994, FDSRCS(Ed) Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine 1995, MSc Dental Radiology 2000 Kings College London, FICD 2018


Board Member RCSI 2019-2023, Assistant National Oral Health Lead HSE, Part time Lecturer in Dental Radiology, Dublin Dental University Hospital. Co-Chair of the National Radiation Protection Committee. Dental representative on the EPA Ionising Radiation Committee. National and International speaker on Dental Radiology and radiography. President of Irish Dental Association 2012.

Lorna Dobbyn



B.A. B.Dent.Sc (TCD), MFDS RCSEd, MDSc, M.Orth (RCSEd), FDS (Orth) RCSEd, FFD (RCSI), PGCert(MedEd)


I graduated as a dentist from Trinity College Dublin in 2001 and following the VT programme in Ireland I went to the UK for a variety of house officer posts. I subsequently went on to complete specialist orthodontic training at Dundee Dental School and then Consultant training at Glasgow Dental School in Scotland. My masters research was on evaluating outcomes in cleft care and I have maintained an interest in this area managing a spoke cleft centre. I have been head of the orthodontic unit in Galway University Hospital for the past 10 years and am the current chair of the Irish Consultant Orthodontist Group (ICOG). I have been involved in lecturing and examining for RCSI for the last 10 years. I am interested in teaching and training for the whole dental team. I would like to develop the role of the therapist in the public service in Ireland in order to improve efficiency and staffing levels. I would like to develop career pathways for all members of the dental team from nurses to specialists.

Albert Yeung


BDS Glasgow 1989

MMedSci Sheffield 1999


MPHe Manchester 2004



FHEA 2007

FFPH 2007

MPhil Manchester 2010

ACIEA 2020

MCGDent 2021


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