Dental pioneer awarded Fellowship

Ellis Paul, editor-in-chief of leading journal for private dentists, Private Dentistry, has been awarded Fellowship by Election from the Board of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK).

Russ Ladwa, dean of the FGDP (UK), told Ellis: ‘It is obvious for all to see that you have exceptional enthusiasm for your profession, and a willingness to help others along their chosen path. Your tireless work and support for dental practitioners to provide an improved quality of care for their patients is well known and I thank you.

‘The board was therefore pleased to give approval to the recommendation that you should be awarded Fellowship by Election of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK).’

Ellis has enjoyed a distinguished career, and his continuing work in education and publishing sees his influence within the profession remaining strong. Having qualified from Manchester Dental School in 1955, Ellis established a dental practice that he later converted into an all-private practice, one of the few in the north.

He served in the north west branch of the BDA before becoming chair of its private sub-committee in 1993. He also served on the north west council for the FGDP.

His work in lecturing took on a more innovative approach and, in conjunction with his wife Jennifer, Ellis pioneered the concept of seated four-handed dentistry.

They still continue to teach it today and he has written textbooks on the subject of correct posture and team dentistry. In 2007, Ellis was awarded a BDA Fellowship.

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