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.
I am on the Editorial Board of Dental Update, a leading peer-reviewed clinical journal for the dentist in general practice.
I am the current Chair of the Association of Dental Hospitals (ADH) UK and Ireland
BSc (Hons), BDS,MFDS, FDS RCPS, FCGDENT, MRD RCS Ed, MClinDent, FDS RCS(Rest Dent), FHEA, FDTFEdGDC 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
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
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
In addition to being an active clinician, I have a broad based primary research portfolio, investigating links between Periodontal (gum) disease and Alzheimers disease, and oral bacteria and brain abscesses as part of the Dental Schools oral microbiome research group.
I am currently involved in a Global trial investigating the natural history of oral infection with Human Papilloma Virus, a virus which has been linked to a significant rise on oropharyngeal cancer.
In close collaboration with Professor Patricia Schofield in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, we have been successful in obtaining a significant Grant from the Pearn Charitable Trust in order to investigate undiagnosed Dental Pain in care homes, with a related paper recently submitted to the European Journal of Pain.
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