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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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