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Academic honoured for immense contribution to dentistry

11 December 2017

Professor Dayananda Samarawickrama, Emeritus Professor of Conservative Dentistry, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London is awarded Honorary Membership of the BDA for his immense contribution to dentistry.

Professor Samarawickrama came to work in the UK in 1983, from Sri Lanka, a rising academic lecturer in conservative dentistry. 


He took up post at the then London Hospital Medical College, University of London and went on to become the Director of its Dental Auxiliary School in 1989. In 1995 he became Acting Head, Department of Conservative Dentistry at St Barts and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, taking on the role of Head of Conservative Dentistry in 1999.

His work on the international arena has been outstanding. He has been involved with the Commonwealth Dental Association since its foundation in 1990, serving as Executive Secretary from 2012 to August 2017. He is currently President Elect, and will take up office in 2019.

Professor Samarawickrama has trained oral healthcare workers in local analgesic techniques in Zimbabwe, been a member of a quality assurance panel at the University of Cork Dental School and Hospital in Ireland, worked as a World Health Organisation consultant/adviser on workshops and courses in Sri Lanka, been a WHO consultant to the Ministry of Health in Trinidad and Tobago on CPD programmes for dental nurses, as well as speaking at many international conferences across the globe.

In nominating "Prof Sam" for a BDA Award, BDA Past National President, Dr Anthony Kravitz OBE said:

 "Professor Samarawickrama's contribution to the profession has been immense. His work for the Commonwealth Dental Association has been invaluable, alongside his long and distinguished academic career, and his commitment to teaching and learning.

"He is a passionate teacher and inspires his students with his wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as his personal commitment to learning and teaching."


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