New dentistry dean at leading surgical college
Professor Philip Taylor, announced as Dean Elect of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh earlier this year, takes up the role of Dean today, succeeding Professor Fraser McDonald who was appointed in October 2017.
Philip Taylor is Professor Emeritus in Prosthodontics at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and until recently was a Restorative Consultant at Barts Health NHS Trust, where he was the Clinical Director for Dentistry, OMFS and Ophthalmology.
Professor Taylor’s career spans almost 40 years, graduating from Newcastle University in 1981 and working in general dental practice for 12 years. Professor Taylor has been Director of the postgraduate course in Prosthodontics at QMUL for 20 years and an elected member of RCSEd’s Faculty of Dental Surgery council since 2017.
He recently retired from clinical practice to concentrate on his new role as Dean. “Becoming Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery is the pinnacle of my career and is one of the greatest honours that anyone can have in dentistry,” he said.
“I am committed to ensuring the voices of our members are heard during this uncertain time as our profession continues to navigate the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
“During my tenure I really want to give back to the future generation of dental professionals. My personal belief is that we need to enhance our educational offerings by modernising and upscaling our training with clear career pathways for new generations of learners while also providing our members with exciting relevant, convenient and informative new material.”