New CGDent President Announced

New CGDent President Announced

GDP’s have always prided themselves on getting things done. If any evidence was needed, whilst it took NHS England 10 months to appoint a new Chief Dental Officer, the College of General Dentistry have appointed their new President in a fraction of that time.

The College announced Abhi Pal’s impending departure in February, and they have now announced that his successor will be Roshni Karia, MCGDent. She is a GDP working in London with a special interest in periodontology. Working in both London and Surrey as an associate she has provided general dentistry alongside periodontal treatment.

Roshini Karia graduated from King’s College London in 2010 and completed Vocational Training at a mixed NHS-and-private dental practice in Plumstead. This has been followed by training in restorative and paediatric dentistry, oral surgery, oral medicine and acute dental care as a Senior House Officer at King’s College Hospital.

In the years following qualification she completed the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) in 2011, won the British Society of Restorative Dentistry’s Gary Pollock Postgraduate Prize in 2012, and completed an enhanced two-year postgraduate study programme in periodontology at King’s College London NHS Foundation Trust in 2013.

She joined the former Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP), the forerunner of the College, in 2012, and in 2017 was elected to the board to represent members in the South East and South West Thames region, later serving as Chair of the Education & Qualifications Committee and Chair of the Membership Affairs Committee.

Elected in 2019, as the Faculty’s youngest ever Vice Dean, she has gone on to represent the Faculty on Public Health England’s Child Oral Health Improvement Board and in roundtable discussions with the Department of Health and Social Care ahead of the Prevention Green Paper.

Reflecting her interest in periodontology, she has represented the College on two working groups convened by the British Society of Periodontology. She was also the College’s lead reviewer of the recently-published SDCEP guidelines on prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.

A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2020, she successfully completed the Healthcare Leadership Academy Scholarship Programme in 2022, and in 2023 she was awarded the University of Central Lancashire’s Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Practice, Management and Education, with distinction. She has also written and co-authored articles in dental journals.

Since 2015 she has been an undergraduate Clinical Tutor and Examiner in the department of periodontology at the Faculty of Dentistry and Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, King’s College London. Recently, she has also become Postgraduate Tutor, within the subjects of Clinical Practice, Education and Healthcare Leadership, with Medics Academy, in a postgraduate programme accredited by the University of Central Lancashire. 

Commenting on her appointment, Dr Karia said that she looked forward to working across the profession and “advancing dentistry for the for the benefit of all our patients.”

Appointed for a three-year term, she will be inaugurated on 21 June 2024 at a meeting of the College Council in London. In a somewhat belated reflection of the professions changing demographics, she will be the first female President or Dean in the history of the College and former Faculty, as well as the first Associate Dentist in the role.


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