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A/Professor Ramesh Balasubramaniam OAM

A/Prof Ramesh Balasubramaniam

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Oral Medicine Specialist
BSc, BDSc (UWA), MS, Cert Orofacial Pain (UKy), Cert Oral Medicine (UPenn), MRACDS (OralMed), ABOP, FDS RCPS(Glasg), FOMAA, FADI, FPFA, FICD

Ramesh Balasubramaniam is an Oral Medicine Specialist with expertise in temporomandibular disorders, orofacial pain, and dental sleep medicine. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications, co-authored several chapters, and co-edited and co-authored three books, notably “Contemporary Oral Medicine”. In addition, he serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

Ramesh is an associate professor and discipline lead in Oral Medicine at the University of Western Australia Dental School and is actively involved in teaching and research. He has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. For his ongoing contributions to dentistry, he has received several awards including fellowships in the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2021. Ramesh was president of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia (2019-2022). He also has public appointments at the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia and the Perth Children’s Hospital.

Dr John Cho

Dr John Cho

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Dr Cho studied at the University of Sydney, completing his Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Honours and Masters in Dental Science (Prosthodontics). He is the principal at Canberra Prosthodontics and immediate past president of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Prosthodontics and teaches for the University of Sydney, Charles Sturt University, and various dental organisations.

Whilst enjoying all aspects of specialist prosthodontics, his special interests include gold restorations, implants, and removable prostheses (dentures). He also has interests in microscope dentistry and implant prosthetic retrievals.

Dr John Cho

Dr Martin Gale

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Martin Gale is a qualified dentist who graduated from The University of Newcastle, UK in 1989. He worked in general dental practice for several years before completing a PhD in restorative dentistry at The University of Hong Kong in 1997. Martin acquired the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons fellowship in 1998 and later completed a masters program in endodontics at The University of Melbourne in 2000. Since then, Dr Gale has been working as a specialist endodontist in Ivanhoe, Melbourne, while continuing his research.

He has coded a software application that collects and predicts the infection status of pulp spaces from clinical and radiographic signs. The software uses a machine learning technique with a proprietary neural network. Dr Gale continues to research the further implementation of artificial intelligence into dentistry.

Dr Gale is a committee member for the Australian Society of Endodontology (Victorian Branch) and for the Federal ADA’s Dental Informatics and Digital Health Committee (DIDHC). More recently, he has been invited to a working group at the International Standards Organisation (ISO). This working group is developing an ISO standard for diagnosing two-dimensional dental radiographs by artificial intelligence. Dr Gale enjoys full-time clinical endodontic specialist practice in Ivanhoe, Melbourne. He also mentors final-year dental students for the University of Melbourne and new dental graduates for the ADA Victoria Branch.

Dr Narayan-Gandedkar

Dr Narayan Gandedkar

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Senior Lecturer – Discipline Lead and Coordinator of Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) (Orthodontics) and Post-Graduate Supervisor of DClinDent (Orthodontics) at the University of Sydney School of Dentistry

Dr Narayan Gandedkar is a Senior Lecturer and serves as the Discipline Lead and Coordinator of Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) (Orthodontics), and Post-Graduate Supervisor of DClinDent (Orthodontics) at the School of Dentistry, University of Sydney. He is also the Facilitator/Course Director for Orthodontics Courses 1, 2, and 3 (Sydney Health Executive Education – UniSyd ).

Dr Gandedkar is certified by the Australasian Orthodontic Board (ABO) and is a member of ADA NSW branch and Academic membership of Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO). He serves as the Associate Editor of Seminars in Orthodontics, APOS-Journal and Editorial Board Member of Thai Orthodontic Journal and JIOS, and also reviews for over fourteen speciality-based international journals.

Dr Gandedkar has conducted more than twenty-five workshops in Orthognathic Surgery, Craniofacial Orthodontics, and has delivered over thirty-five presentations as an Invited Speaker/Oral Presenter at the American Association of Orthodontists meeting (AAO) (USA), The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association ACPA (USA), India, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Bangladesh, and other countries.

He has published over sixty-five international papers/book chapters and co-authored a textbook titled “Surgery-First Orthodontic Management: A Clinical Guide to a New Treatment Approach”, published by Springer International, Switzerland in 2019. He has also written several international book chapters, including one for Mosby, Elsevier, edited by M. Papadopoulos (Aristotle University, Greece).

Dr Christopher Ho

A/Prof Christopher Ho

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Specialist Prosthodontist
BDS Hons (SYD), Grad Dip Clin Dent (Oral Implants) (SYD), M. Clin. Dent. (Pros) (LON), D. Clin. Dent. (Pros) (SYD), MRACDS (Pros), FPFA, FACD, FCGDent

Dr Christopher Ho is a Specialist Prosthodontist who received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery with First Class Honours at the University of Sydney. He completed postgraduate studies in the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry in Oral Implants at the University of Sydney, a Masters of Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics with Distinction from the University of London and Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics from the University of Sydney. He is Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, Special Field Member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists.

Dr Ho lectures extensively on aesthetic and implant dentistry both nationally and internationally. He is a visiting lecturer to the postgraduate programs at the University of Sydney, Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at University of Puthisastra, Faculty member of the Global Institute for Dental Education and Visiting Lecturer at Kings College London, United Kingdom. He is Head of School of Postgraduate Dentistry at the Australasian College of Dental Practitioners. He is author of numerous publications, as well as Editor of the Wiley textbook “Practical Procedures in Aesthetic Dentistry” and “Practical Procedures in Implant Dentistry”.

Dr Christopher Ho

Dr Ken Hooi

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Prosthodontist

Ken is a Prosthodontist and attained his BDS in 1992, GradDipClinDent(Oral Implants) in 2003 and MDSc in 2009. His professional experience includes general and specialist roles in Sydney and NSW regional locations. He is owner and operator of Kingsway Prosthodontics, a referral practice in Miranda, Sydney, providing specialist clinical services in implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. He is the current AANZP Scientific Chair 2022-24, holding a Scientific Committee position since 2016. His APS commitments include Federal President 2013-15, NSW State Representative 2010-13 and Education and Research Committee Member since 2021. Ken was a Member of the Sydney University Continuing Education in Dentistry Advisory Group 2011-19, and served as its Chair 2015-19.  In 2004-05, he was part of the AOS Federal Executive, the event secretariat of its 2005 Biennial Conference in Canberra. His teaching experience includes roles with AQF Level 7, 8 and 10 University programs between 1993-2019, including SDS dental undergraduates, implant postgraduates of SDS, CSU and JCU, and DClinDent(Sydney). He is a Director of CREED CE, a private company providing professional development services for Australian Dentists. In April 2023, Ken completed a Certificate in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence with the Institute of Data, University of Technology Sydney.

Clin Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tino Mercado

Dr Sen Le

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Closing Panel, Sat 12 Oct

Dr Sen Le earned degrees in Pharmacy and Dentistry from the University of Sydney. He received the Academic Excellence Scholarship Award and holds certifications in implants and orthodontics. With over a decade of dental experience, he owns multiple clinics, serving nearly 5000 patients annually. As Chief Clinical Officer at Eyes of AI, he leads a global team focused on advancing dental solutions and collaborates with CSIRO’s Data61 to develop ground-breaking AI technology for dental imaging.

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Dr Selena Lu

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Dr Selena Lu completed the Australasian College of Dental Practitioners Aesthetic and Restorative Diploma shortly after graduation. She enjoys practising comprehensive restorative dentistry, CAD-CAM, and clinical photography, and she is passionate about sharing the knowledge she has gained. Dr Lu has been recognized by ADA NSW and was awarded the Pierre Fauchard Academy Emerging Lecturer Award in 2023. She has started lecturing on modern dental adhesives and materials.
Dr Zanab Malik

Dr Zanab Malik

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Special Needs Dentist
BDS, DClinDent(SND), FRACDS(GDP), MRACDS(SND), DipDemCare

Following several years working in general dental practice and tertiary referral dental hospitals in NSW, Zanab pursued her passion and completed the DClinDent in Special Needs Dentistry with The University of Sydney. With more than ten years of clinical experience in the field of Special Needs Dentistry, she currently works in the public sector as a dental specialist in Special Needs Dentistry at Campbelltown Hospital and in private practice on the Central Coast. Zanab enjoys teaching and sharing her expertise through mentoring and guiding general dentists and oral health therapists in the fundamentals of special needs dentistry practice and has presented at various national and international conferences. Zanab is an active member of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Special Needs Dentistry, the Australian Society of Special Care in Dentistry, and the International Association of Disability and Oral Health. She has attained a Fellowship with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons and is the current secretary for the RACDS NSW/ACT regional committee. Outside of work, Zanab is currently busy pursuing a full-time PhD in the field of bariatric dentistry.

Dr Tim Manzie

Dr Tim Manzie

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Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Hospital, School of Medicine, University of Sydney

Tim is a qualified Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon with additional fellowship training in the removal and reconstruction of head and neck pathology. He is based at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Hospital and started the regional head and neck service to Nowra in 2023. He has a strong interest in education, holding several positions on the RACDS committees and founded the weekly teaching program for Australian and New Zealand trainees.

Clin Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tino Mercado

Clin A/Prof Tino Mercado

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DocMedDent, GCClinDent, MDSc, Phd, MRACDS, FPFA, FICD, FITI
University of Queensland, University of Sydney, Australia. University of Otago, New Zealand

Tino is a clinician, teacher, mentor, and clinical researcher. He was awarded the 2021 Australian Dental Association (ADA) Service Medallion Award for “his contribution to clinical periodontics, periodontal research and dedication to teaching”.

Tino holds a Clinical Associate Professor position at the Periodontal Post-Graduate Department at the University of Sydney, University of Queensland, and Otago University. His publications dealt with periodontal prognostication, Periodontal Medicine (correlating Periodontitis to Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes Mellitus, and other systemic inflammation), mucogingival surgical techniques and bone regeneration. His Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) topic was on regenerative management of peri-implantitis and management of recession around teeth and implants using autogenous and alternative tissues with biologically active products.

He is the President of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists (ANZAP 2024-2026). He is the founding President of the Filipino-Australian Dental Association (FADA), a group that supports Filipinos and promotes Filipino culture in Australia. FADA also organises dental symposiums and charity missions to remote areas of Australia and the Philippines. He is the Chair of Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS)-NSW. He is twice the recipient of the National and Health Medical Research Council Scholarship (NHMRC, 1998 and 2011). His clinical research on maxillary anterior ridge preservation won Best Clinical Research at the 2021 Osteology World Symposium.

Professor Ian Meyers

Professor Ian Meyers

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Professor Ian Meyers is a general dental practitioner and honorary professor at The University of Queensland School of Dentistry. Throughout his career as an academic and clinician he has developed extensive experience in comprehensive patient care, diagnosis and management of worn and broken down dentition, geriatric and aged care dentistry, adhesive restorative dentistry and dental materials, and the management of patients through minimum intervention dentistry.

Dr Jessica O’Neill

Dr Jessica O’Neill

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Periodontist
Sydney Dental Hospital, Sydney Implant and Periodontal Care

Dr Jess O’Neill is a Periodontist in both public and private practice. She is a Senior Clinical Specialist at Sydney Dental Hospital, and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney, involved in both teaching and research. Jess sees patients in private practice in Mosman and the Sydney CBD.

After graduating as a dentist, she spent several years training in a maxillofacial surgical training post in England before returning to Australia to work in private practice. She obtained a Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry (Periodontics) during which time she received several awards and scholarships. She has lectured both in Australia and internationally.

She has been awarded membership of the Royal Australian Collège of Dental Surgeons, the Faculty of Dental Surgeons at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, and Fellowship of the International College of Dentistry. Currently, she is the team leader for the National Osteology Group of Australasia and co-director for the Northern Beaches Iti Study Club.

Dr Krishnan Parthasarathi

Dr Krishnan Parthasarathi

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BDSc(Hons), BMed(Distinct), FDS RCS(Ed), FRACDS(OMS)

Dr Krishnan Parthasarathi completed Dental, Medical, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Training in Australia. Krishnan then undertook subspecialty training in Orthognathic / Facial Deformity Surgery and TMJ Surgery in the UK. Krishnan now works in Sydney and Wollongong.

Dr Robert Santosa

Dr Robert Santosa

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Robert Santosa graduated with a BDS from the University of Adelaide in 1996 and completed a Master of Dental Science in Prosthodontics from The University of Sydney in 2001. In 2002 he was the recipient of an ITI scholarship at the University of Florida, Gainesville USA. For the past 20+ years, he works as a private specialist prosthodontist in Sydney with an emphasis on implant dentistry.
Robert has served as Past President of the Australasian Osseointegration Society (NSW Branch) and in various positions within the ITI Australasian Section Leadership Team, including the Section Chair. He is a reviewer for the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI) and Clinical Oral Implant Research (COIR), and lectures widely nationally and overseas. Robert is a Fellow of the ITI, a Fellow of Pierre Fauchard Academy, a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, a Member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (Pros) and a Fellow off the Academy of Australian and New Zealand Prosthodontists.

Professor Heiko Spallek

Professor Heiko Spallek

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The University of Sydney School of Dentistry

Professor Spallek worked at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine from 2001 to 2016 before joining The University of Sydney. During his time at the University of Pittsburgh, he co-founded the Center for Informatics in Oral Health Translational Research and served as its Executive Director, as well as Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs from 2010 to 2016. Before that, he was a part of the faculty at Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia from 1996 to 2000. During his time there, he earned an MSBA with a concentration in Computer and Information Science from Temple’s Fox School of Business and Management.

Professor Spallek is a graduate of the American Dental Education Association’s Leadership Institute and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers and a textbook on Dental Informatics that has been published in both Germany and the US. His projects have a foundation in the fields of education, usability engineering, medical and dental informatics, and computer science. He has also served as the PI of several NIH-supported research projects, aimed at improving the adoption of Evidence-Based Dentistry.

Dr Diane Tay

Dr Diane Tay

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Sydney Specialist Dental Group

Dr Diane Tay is a registered specialist paediatric dentist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, and after several years of working in both the private and public sectors in Sydney, Diane went on to pursue her passion in paediatric dentistry, successfully attaining a Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry (paediatric dentistry) from The University of Sydney. Her research thesis was based on frenotomies and its effectiveness on infants with tongue-ties and feeding difficulties. She has also completed a diploma in child health in addition to her specialist paediatric training.

Diane works as a visiting specialist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney where she thoroughly enjoys managing a range of cases in which her main clinical interests lie; the management of special needs and medically compromised children, paediatric oral medicine and pathology and dental trauma. Diane is actively committed to continuing education and teaching, maintaining her role as clinical associate lecturer with The University of Sydney and lectures to both her medical and dental colleagues. She also works in private practice in Parramatta and St Peters and travels up to Port Macquarie monthly to provide specialist dental care for the community.

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Dr Brendan White

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Dr Brendan White was a member of the ADA Infection Control Committee from 2015 to 2022. During this time, he frequently authored or contributed to infection control compliance articles for the ADA News Bulletin and contributed to the previous two editions of the ADA Infection Control Guidelines. Dr White has significant experience in investigating infection control complaints for the Dental Council of NSW. He developed an interest in improving compliance by gaining a real understanding of risk in dental practice. Dr White has been a private dental practitioner for 28 years in regional NSW, specifically in Lismore.

Dr Krishnan Parthasarathi

Dr Leanne Wu

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Dr Leanne (Lee) Wu completed her Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Endodontics at the University of Adelaide and currently works in a specialist private practice in Sydney. Lee is also involved in both clinical and academic teaching. Dr Wu stays current with innovative endodontic techniques and is passionate about applying technology and new materials to enhance clinical efficiency and patient outcomes.
Dr Krishnan Parthasarathi

A/Prof Geoff Young

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BDS (Hons) (Syd), DClinDent (Melb), FRACDS (Endo), FICD, FPFA

A/Prof Young obtained his BDS degree (University Medal) from the University of Sydney, his specialist degree from the University of Melbourne, and was the first endodontist in NSW awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in the Special Field of Endodontics. He subsequently established Sydney Endodontic Centre – a specialist endodontic group practice in the Inner West of Sydney. A/Prof Young is Head of Endodontics at the Department of Dentistry, Latrobe University. He holds an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment at the School of Dentistry and Medical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, and a Clinical Senior Lecturer appointment at the University of Sydney where he has provided clinical teaching for over 15 years. A/Prof Young is committed to the development and provision of continuing education through the Australian Dental Association and the RACDS. He is a past president of the Australian Society of Endodontology (NSW Branch), having served on the executive committee for over 8 years, and a past Councillor and Board Director of ADA(NSW).

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