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Raman Bedi

Emeritus Professor - King’s College London

Raman Bedi was Chief Dental Officer – England from October 2002 to October 2005. He was the founder and director of the Senior Dental Leadership programme from 2007-2021.

In September 2005, he chaired the UK European Union Presidency dental programme. Raman was head of dental public health at the Eastman Dental Institute, University College of London, and Director of the National Centre for Transcultural Oral Health from 1996–2002. From 1998-2008 he was the director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre at the Eastman Dental Institute.

Currently, he is an Emeritus Professor at King’s College London. He holds several international honorary chairs, including an “Extraordinary Professorship” in Paediatric Dentistry at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa and the University of Pennsylvania.

He is one of the few researchers to be awarded a Doctor of Science by the University of Bristol (2003) for his contribution to dental research and a Doctor of Humane Letters (2010) by AT Still University (Arizona) for his academic contribution to the social sciences. He has published over 250 scientific papers, an h-index of 48 and 6800 citations.

Raman was the founding chair of the World Federation of Public Health Associations’ oral health working group (2012 – 21), raising the importance of oral health issues affecting global public health. He was a WHO consultant and asked to review dental services in Oman. He was President of the British Society for Disability and Oral Health (2002),  President of the Education Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) (2002–2004) and chair of the IADR Regional Development Programme Committee (2002–2004).