Mr Ewen McColl

Mr Ewen McColl

Director of Clinical Dentistry

Peninsula Dental School (Faculty of Health)



I qualified Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Edinburgh in 1993 and on graduation was awarded the Dr Baron Ver Heyden de Lancey Memorial Award for most consistent all round graduate. Following House Officer and Senior House Officer positions in Maxillofacial Surgery, I joined the British Army as a Dental Officer in 1995. During my military career, I served as Senior Dental Officer in Afghanistan and for two years on Loan Service to The Sultan of Brunei’s Armed Forces.

After six years of General Dental Practice experience in the military, I undertook three years of Specialist Training in Periodontology at The Eastman Dental Hospital in London, passing MClinDent with distinction. Following this, I completed three years of training at Guy’s Dental Hospital in order to become an accredited Restorative Consultant. During this period, I also attended an internship in endodontics at Loma Linda University in California.

Following accreditation as a Restorative Consultant in 2009, I was then employed as a Consultant by the military, taking restorative referrals from military General Dental Practitioners. I took up my current position at Peninsula Dental School in September 2012, where I am the Director of Clinical Dentistry and Deputy Head of School.

My major interests are in implant dentistry, and all aspects of surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapy. I am an Editor of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners Standards in Dentistry and a Director of Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise.



GDC Registered Specialist in Periodontics,Endodontics, Restorative Dentistry 

Certificate in Medical Education(2004)-University of Dundee
Diploma in Medical Education  (2007)-University of Dundee

Diploma in Conscious Sedation(With Merit) -Kings College London 

Scholarships and Prizes

Carnegie Trust Scholarship-University of Edinburgh

Cross Trust Scholarship-Funded 3 months as an Undergraduate at The University of Copenhagen

Winner of the 2003/2004 Broderick Prize awarded to the officer of the Army Dental Service who has made the best contribution to the “Art and Science of Dentistry” over the past two years.

Royal Society of Medicine Presidents Prize(2004)-Winner- Clinical Case Presentation

Winner of the 2009/2010 Broderick Prize awarded to the officer of the Army Dental Service who has made the best contribution to the “Art and Science of Dentistry” over the past two years.

Association of Consultants and Specialists in restorative Dentistry Travelling Fellowship 

TC White Travelling Fellowship(Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow)-Funded 3 months Endodontic Externship-Loma Linda University, California


Professional membership

General Dental Council (GDC) - Full Registration no: 68898

British Dental Association (BDA)

Faculty of Dental Trainers(Fellowship)

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow(Fellowship)

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh(Fellowship)

College of General Dentistry(Fellowship)

Roles on external bodies

Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise(CIC)-Director and Board Member

Association of Dental Hospitals(UK and Ireland) Executive Board Member (Secretary)

Faculty of Dental Trainers-Executive Committee Board Member

Faculty of General Dental Practitioners-Board Member

College of General Dentistry-Council Member

Member of the FGDP(UK) Academy.

General Dental Council-Registration Assessment Panel Member since 2010

Defence Primary Health Care-Restorative Dentistry Managed Clinical Network accreditation Board

Defence Primary Health Care-Periodontal Specialist



Teaching interests

I have been in Senior Clinical and Academic Leadership positions since 2004 when I was selected to be Director of the Defence Dental Services Training Establishment and School of Dental Hygiene, finishing this post in December 2005.

 I am currently Module Lead for 5th BDS Exit cases and a module Lead on the Restorative Dentistry Masters degree. I have lectured and assessed nationally and internationally mainly on Periodontology but all other aspects of Restorative Dentistry.

Staff serving as external examiners

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh-Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy External Examiner( 2004)

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh-MFDS Examiner(2004-Current)

University of Birmingham-BSc in Dental Therapy (2009-2011)

Royal College of Surgeons- Diploma in Implant Dentistry(2009-2016)

GDC Overseas Registration examination(2009-current)

University of Glasgow-4th BDS-(2015-2020)

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh-Membership in Periodontics-Current



Research interests

Currently I am involved as a Clinical Researcher in the Multi Center, international GAIN trial:

The GAIN trial is based on the growing body of scientific evidence that the bacteria P. gingivalis, commonly associated with gum disease, may be a factor in the aetiology of Alzheimer’s disease.

The hypothesis is that periodointal disease and Alzheimer's disease are linked by substances known as gingipains. These cause the entanglement of neuronal proteins called tau. Tau tangles are associated with Alzheimers.

COR388 is an investigational drug designed to inactivate toxic proteins released by the bacteria and stop or slow further damage to healthy brain cells



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Baldwin D, Williams A & McColl E (2022) 'Top tips for paediatric dentistry - Part 1: examination and treatment planning for primary care' British Dental Journal 232, (9) 596-598 , DOI
Blakely L, Beare WAV, Harris A & McColl E (2022) 'Top tips for complete denture prosthetics in primary care' British Dental Journal 232, (8) 498-500 , DOI
Brookes Z, Mills I, Witton R & McColl E (2022) 'Top tips for incorporating research' British Dental Journal 232, (7) 427-429 , DOI Open access
Salih K & McColl E (2022) 'Are Dermal Fillers Dentistry?' Dental Update 49, (4) 283-288 , DOI
Daldry M, Shah J, McColl E & Witton R (2022) 'Enamel Matrix Derivative Use in Dentistry: An Update' Dental Update 49, (4) 301-306 , DOI
Bryce GE & McColl E (2022) 'Implant dentistry tips for primary care' British Dental Journal 232, (6) 362-363 , DOI
Yip B, McColl E & Bryce G (2022) 'Restorative tips for primary care (part 2)' British Dental Journal 232, (5) 295-297 , DOI
McColl E & Luker J (2022) 'Transition to the workplace' British Dental Journal 232, (5) 286-286 , DOI
Pivoda L & McColl E (2022) 'Advancing Dental Care - Utilising the dental therapist workforce to optimise patient outcomes' BDJ Team 9, (2) 16-18 , DOI
Smith RJR, Bryce GE & McColl E (2022) 'Restorative tips for primary care (part 1)' British Dental Journal 232, (3) 136-137 , DOI
McColl E (2022) 'Leadership in dentistry' BDJ In Practice 35, (2) 5-5 , DOI
McColl E & Batra J (2022) 'Oral cancer and extra-oral examinations' Dental Update 49, (2) 173-173 , DOI
Ali K & McColl E (2022) 'Oral surgery: top tips for primary care' British Dental Journal 232, (4) 196-197 Author Site , DOI
McColl E (2022) 'Periodontal tips for primary care' British Dental Journal 232, (2) 72-73 , DOI
McColl E (2021) 'Foundations of undergraduate training' BDJ In Practice 34, (11) 5-5 , DOI
Sadura Z, Hanks S, Tredwin C & McColl E (2021) 'The dental therapist's role in a 'shared care' approach to optimise clinical outcomes' BDJ Team 8, (8) 38-42 , DOI
Sadura Z, Hanks S, Tredwin C & McColl E (2021) 'The dental therapist's role in a 'shared care' approach to optimise clinical outcomes' British Dental Journal (BDJ) 231, (2) 104-108 , DOI Open access
McColl E (2021) 'Standards in Dentistry' British Dental Journal (BDJ) , DOI Open access
McColl E, Witton R & Tredwin C (2021) 'Pandemic progress' British Dental Journal 230, (9) 556-557 , DOI Open access
McColl E (2021) 'Professionalism and the police' BDJ In Practice 34, (3) 6-6 , DOI
Ali K, McColl E, Tredwin C, Hanks S, Coelho C & Witton R (2021) 'Addressing racial inequalities in dental education: decolonising the dental curricula' British Dental Journal 230, (3) 165-169 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Witton R, McColl E & Tredwin C (2021) 'Students' return to clinic' British Dental Journal 230, (1) 3-3 , DOI Open access
Ali K, Zahra D, McColl E, Salih V & Tredwin C (2017) 'Impact of early clinical exposure on the learning experience of undergraduate dental students' European Journal of Dental Education , DOI Open access
Langford J (2010) 'Summary of: Third molar-related morbidity in deployed Service personnel' British Dental Journal 209, (4) 178-179 , DOI
Combes J, McColl E, Cross B & McCormick RJ (2010) 'Third molar-related morbidity in deployed Service personnel' British Dental Journal 209, (4) E6-E6 , DOI
McColl E, Patel K, Dahlen G, Tonetti M, Graziani F, Suvan J & Laurell L (2006) 'Supportive periodontal therapy using mechanical instrumentation or 2% minocycline gel: a 12 month randomized, controlled, single masked pilot study' J Clin Periodontol 33, (2) 141-150 Author Site , DOI
McColl EM, Wheeler GD, Gomes P, Bhambhani Y & Cumming DC (1989) 'The effects of acute exercise on pulsatile LH release in high-mileage male runners' Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) 31, (5) 617-621 Author Site , DOI
Cumming DC, Wheeler GD & McColl EM (1989) 'The effects of exercise on reproductive function in men' Sports Med 7, (1) 1-17 Author Site , DOI
Moles D; Tredwin C; McColl E; Robert W; Burns L (2018) Standards in Dentistry. London, England Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK)
McColl E & Creanor S (2016) 'The gingiva' in Creanor S Essential Clinical Oral Biology John Wiley & Sons 72-79
McColl E (2015) 'Periodontal Restorative Interface' in Eaton K Practical Periodontics Elsevier Health Sciences
Presentations and posters
Ali K, Salih V & McColl E Ali K, Salih V & McColl E 'Impact of Early Clinical Exposure on the Learning Experiences of Undergraduate Students at a Dental School in the United Kingdom' Open access