– One of the UK’s most experienced Implant Surgeons
– Multi-Award Winning Consultant
– Programme Director for the MSc in Implant Dentistry
– The only UK surgeon to have obtained the college, speciality and faculty research fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Jag Dhanda is a UK trained Consultant Maxillofacial / Head and Neck Surgeon and Clinical Reader with a specialist interest in head and neck cancer and dental implants. He has multiple awards including a recent presidents prize for his research in head and neck cancer. He is the only UK surgeon to have obtained the college, specialty and faculty research fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and he is the programme director for the MSc programme in Implant Dentistry at the University of Brighton Medical School.
Jag’s scope of practice includes both facial and dental reconstruction and he is one of the highest trained dental implant surgeons in the UK completing basic, higher and advanced surgical training as well as a doctorate in philosophy (PhD). He is on the specialist register and actively involved in cancer research having both a Senior Lecturers position at Imperial College London and a Clinical Readers position at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. He has trained in some of the most prestigious units in the UK including London, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and East Grinstead and is a member of council for the British Association of Orla and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Jag is a triple qualified surgeon with both a medical and dental qualification and a Doctorate in Philosophy. He has also completed his dental vocational training and has worked as a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in both Bristol and London. He then went on to complete his basic surgical training in General Surgery in East London which included experience in accident and emergency, general medicine with endocrinology, palliative medicine, urology, breast surgery and colorectal surgery. This was followed by higher surgical training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the West Midland rotation. He has dual membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MFDSRCS, MRCS and FRCS). Jag has published and presented at international and national conferences on jaw surgery and reconstruction as well as regularly attending meetings as invited faculty for conferences with his expertise on facial and dental reconstruction.
Dental Implant Training
Jag started his dental implant training in 2002 with short courses and has subsequently had further exposure to surgical aspects of implant dentistry during his higher surgical training. This training includes the placement of implants in the entire facial skeleton as well as dental implants and the placement of implants in facial deformity, traumatic facial injury and cancer reconstruction. He is one of the highest volume providers of dental implants in the UK and regularly run courses for dentists including hands on surgery and live surgery. He is able to offer both surgical and restorative aspects of treatment from single teeth, to multiple teeth and bridges, as well as full arch reconstruction and implant retained dentures. He is also able to offer all bone grafting procedures including guided bone regeneration and sinus lifts. With 23 years of training he is one of the highest trained dental implant surgeons in the UK.
Jag has an interest in innovative technologies in head and neck cancer treatment and recently obtained the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Presidents Prize for his work at Imperial College London looking at iKnife technology in head and neck cancer. This technology allows real time detection of cancer tissue by analysing the smoke generated for surgical cutting instruments such as laser and cutting diathermy. He hopes to develop this technology in a clinical trial with robotic surgery to improve the accuracy of the removal of head and neck cancers.
Jag started his research training with a Medical Research Council funded intercalating degree (Bachelor of Science) in Cellular and Molecular Pathology. He then went on to complete a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Liverpool in which he studied mechanisms of cancer spread and genetic predictors. During this period he was awarded three Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) of England Research Fellowships.
Jag is the only UK surgeon to have obtained the college (RCS Research Fellowship), specialty (British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons/Facial Surgery Foundation-Saving Faces Research Fellowship) and faculty (Faculty of Dental Surgery, RCS Research Fellowship) research fellowships.
He has also completed the National Cancer Research Institute Head and Neck Clinical Studies Group Clinical Trials Fellowship and is actively involved in setting up and recruiting patients for heads and neck clinical trials with the role of head and neck lead for the local clinical research network in Kent Surrey and Sussex.
Jag was the highest ranked maxillofacial surgeon for a highly competitive National Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship in 2015 which gave advanced training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Plastic Surgery and ENT, relevant to head and neck surgery.
Prizes and Grants
2018 Presidents Prize British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
2015 Interface Fellow Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, East Grinstead
2015 National Cancer Research Institute Head and Neck Clinical Trials Fellowship
2012 Royal College of Surgeons, Faculty of Dental Surgery Research Fellowship
2011 BAOMS/Saving Faces Research Fellowship
2010 Royal College of Surgeons Clinical Research Fellowship
2010 BAOMS Endowments Grant
2003 Haberdashers Scholarship Fund
2002 Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust
2001 BDA/Dentsply Student Scholarship Fund
1999 Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust
1998 British Society of Paediatric Dentistry Elective Prize
1998 Dental Defence Elective Prize
1998 The George Fawn Prize
1998 The L E Attenborough Citation
1998 The Stafford Miller Prize in Periodontology
1995 Medical Research Council Intercalating Grant