Dundee academic is new president of the BDA

A Scottish dental professor is to be the new president of the British Dental Association.

Dr John Drummond, a senior lecturer and consultant in restorative dentistry at the University of Dundee, will become the 123rd president of the BDA on 4 June.

Dr Drummond will be presented with his chain of office and make his first speech in his new role at a ceremony in Glasgow on the first day of the 2009 British Dental Conference and Exhibition.


His role will see him act as an ambassador for the BDA both in the UK and overseas.

Dr Drummond was born in Falkirk in 1957 and educated at Grangemouth High School. He was awarded his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree – with commendation – by the University of Dundee in 1981.


Seven years later he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree by the same institution.


He was made a fellow in Dental Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2000.

His teaching and research activities are in the fields of removable prosthodontics, workforce planning and dental careers and age identification from radiographs.


Dr Drummond also has a longstanding interest in forensic dentistry and was twice deployed by the UK Government to Thailand to assist the international effort in identifying the bodies of the thousands of victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.


He has written numerous refereed papers and has contributed to many publications as editor or author.


Dr Drummond has formerly held positions as president of the North of Scotland Branch of the British Dental Association, member of the Executive Board and Representative Body.


He is a current member of the BDA’s central committee for Dental Academic Staff and the BDA representative at Dundee Dental School.


Married to Christine, an oral surgeon, he has one son and one daughter. Outside dentistry his interests include fishing, photography and reading political biographies.

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