Head of School and Dean
The University of Sydney
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania UNITED STATES

Professor Heiko Spallek serves as Head of School and Dean of The University of Sydney School of Dentistry. In 1993, Professor Spallek graduated from the School of Dentistry, Humboldt University Berlin where he continued his career and was appointed in the Department of Periodontology and also received his PhD in the field of dental material sciences. While at Temple University School of Dentistry, Philadelphia, he earned an MSBA with a concentration in Computer and Information Science from the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple in 2000.

Professor Spallek is a graduate of the American Dental Education Association’s Leadership Institute. His research has as its focus the development of educational resources for dental professionals, the innovative use of clinical decision support systems to improve health outcomes and the creation of online communities. He published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and a textbook for Dental Informatics that has been published in Germany and in the US. His projects have a foundation in the fields of education, usability engineering, medical and dental informatics and computer science. He has served and still serves as PI of several NIH-supported research projects aiming to improve the adoption of Evidence-Based Dentistry. Recently, he was appointed as the Academic Lead Digital Health and Health Service Informatics for the Faculty of Medicine and Health (FMH) at the University of Sydney providing leadership and guidance to ensure that digital health education and training is embedded in all FMH programs. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating and aligning research activities across the FMH and its partners. Professor Spallek is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Collaboration for Health IT.