Clinical Associate Professor In Acute Dental Care and Chronic Pain. BDS, MFDSRCS, MPH, PhD, Hon FFGDP
Vishal is a Clinical Associate Professor in Acute dental care and Chronic pain at Leeds Dental School. He is internationally recognised for his research in pain diagnosis and management and has particular interest in psychosocial management of chronic orofacial pain. He gained his dental degree with Honors from the University of Manchester in 1998 and a PhD in Epidemiology in 2006. His research career has been funded by prestigious fellowships: Initially a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in clinical epidemiology and latterly an NIHR clinician scientist award during which he translated his doctoral findings into an evidence based health technology for psychosocial management of chronic orofacial pain. Clinically Vishal is a generalist and has vast experience in health services research which has been consolidated by a Masters in Public Health in 2013 and an NIHR clinical trials fellowship which he completed in 2014. He has used this experience to undertake a number of research studies including trials to inform common interventions used in primary dental care (see publication list). Vishal was involved in the international task force for classification of painful cranial neuropathies and other facial pains and has been an active member of the orofacial special interest group of IASP. He has published some 40+ papers, reviews and book chapters and has supervised academic general dental practitioners (GDPs), Masters and PhD students. He has been a regular speaker at national and international conferences and is a referee for international journals. Vishal is a pioneer for career pathways in academic primary dental care and was the first GDP to be awarded an NIHR clinician scientist award which developed NIHR fellowships for junior GDPs. His contribution to academic dental practice was recognized through award of an honorary fellowship of the faculty of general dental practitioners UK in March 2012 at the royal college of surgeons of England (Hon FFGDP Ad Eundum).