The Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is delighted to announce that Professor Chris Lynch has been elected Dean-Elect of the Faculty and will become Dean in February 2023.

Professor Chris Lynch is currently Professor & Consultant of Restorative Dentistry at Cork University Dental School & Hospital, University College Cork. Professor Lynch is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Dentistry, the leading international journal in the field of Restorative Dentistry (2011 – present). Professor Lynch was awarded a Senior Doctorate by assessment from Cardiff University (2019), understood to be the first such recognition for an Irish-based dentist. He holds a Principal Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy UK (2019). Professor Lynch is one of Ireland’s inaugural Learning & Teaching Research Fellows (National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2020). Professor Lynch received the Award of Excellence in Dental Education from the Association for Dental Education in Europe in 2014.

Professor Lynch has held a number of important leadership roles within the Faculty of Dentistry, including serving as Vice Dean of the Faculty (2019 – 2021), Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Faculty of Dentistry (2020 – present), and various senior roles of responsibility for Faculty examinations (e.g. Diploma of Primary Care Dentistry, MFD and FFD examinations), and various educational events (e.g. ‘Back to School’ webinar 2020, Fergal Nally lecture 2021, Annual Scientific Meeting 2020 and 2021).

Professor Lynch graduated from the Cork University Dental School in 1999. He worked in general practice in London before returning to Cork to take up a hospital post. He was awarded his FDS (Inter Collegiate Specialty Fellowship) by assessment in 2006. Chris was appointed a Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Cardiff University in 2006. He completed his PhD in 2007 and was promoted to Reader (2013) and then Professor in Restorative Dentistry & Dental Education in 2015. While at Cardiff University Dental School, Chris held a number of important leadership positions, including Lead for Prosthodontics teaching, Lead for Clinical Dentistry teaching, and Head of the Learning & Scholarship Department. Chris holds a Visiting Professorship at Cardiff University, as well as current external examinerships at Bristol University, Peninsula Dental School and Hong Kong University. To date Chris has published more than 200 full length papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Professor Lynch has been awarded Fellowships from the Faculty of Dental Surgery Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow, the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), the Academy of Dental Materials, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.

Commenting on Professor Lynch’s election, current Dean of the Faculty, Professor Albert Leung said: “Many congratulations and a very warm welcome to Professor Lynch as our Dean Elect. This is a tremendous and most deserving achievement for Chris, and I immensely look forward to be working with Chris over the next year and beyond”

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. The Faculty is delighted to work with dentists in Ireland and from all around the world. 

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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