Abhi Pal and Roshni Karia are the new vice deans of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP(UK))
Abhi has represented the West Midlands on the FGDP(UK) board since 2014, and becomes senior vice dean.
As the principal of a mixed NHS-and-private practice in Edgbaston and an experienced dento-legal expert witness, he has chaired the Faculty’s education and professional affairs committees and served as junior vice dean from 2016-17.
Youngest ever vice dean
Roshni qualified at Kings College London in 2010, and is an associate dentist in general practice as well as a clinical tutor in periodontology.
She was elected to the board in 2017 to represent the south east and south west Thames divisions, having previously served as an early career representative, and at 32 is the faculty’s youngest ever vice dean.
The new vice deans were elected by the board for one-year terms, and succeed Onkar Dhanoya and Mark Richardson.
Ian Mills, dean of FGDP(UK), commented: ‘On behalf of all members of the faculty, I congratulate Abhi and Roshni on their election as vice-deans.
‘This is an exciting time for FGDP (UK) as we move towards establishment of an independent College of General Dentistry.
‘I am extremely fortunate to be supported by such knowledgeable and committed individuals as Abhi and Roshni, whose combined experience and insight into general practice will undoubtedly benefit the profession.’