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Belfast Study Club

5 February 2019
Guided Surgery, From Dental Reconstruction to Facial Reconstruction - The Lesson Learned

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Presented by: Jagtar Dhanda
Host: Derek Bingham
Date: 5 February 2019
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: Crowne Plaza, Shaws Bridge, Belfast, BT8 7XP

Guided surgical approaches have been adopted in digital workflow for dental implant reconstructive techniques and have also been adopted in facial reconstruction. They offer a patient a specific approach in both ablation and reconstruction of the oral cavity. Jag will present a few cases that demonstrate the recent innovations in virtual surgical planning that embrace digital technology and offer an individualised approach in the management of head and neck malignancy for both dental and facial reconstruction.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the principles of advanced facial and dental reconstruction
  • To gain insights into new techniques in head and neck cancer ablation (iKnife and robotic surgery) and reconstruction (virtual surgical planning)
  • To appreciate the complexities of delivering both form and function in composite dentofacial reconstruction


Jag Dhanda is a triple qualified surgeon with a medical degree, a dental degree and a doctorate in philosophy and is a Clinical Reader at Brighton Medical School. He works as a Consultant Maxillofacial/Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgeon at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead. He has also obtained a Medical Research Council funded intercalating degree (Bachelor of Science) in cellular and molecular pathology. He has dual membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MFDSRCS, MRCS and FRCS) and has trained in Bristol, London, Birmingham and Liverpool as well as East Grinstead. He is the only UK surgeon to have obtained the college, faculty and specialty research fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of England (Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellowship, British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons/Facial Surgery Foundation-Saving Faces Research Fellowship and Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellowship).

After completing his higher surgical training, he went on to gain experience as an interface fellow as the highest ranked maxillofacial trainee for the nationally competitive and prestigious interface fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology.

Jag has also been awarded the National Cancer Research Institute Head and Neck Clinical Studies Group Clinical Trials Fellowship and holds both an Honorary Senior Lecturer position at Imperial College London and an Honorary Clinical Readers position at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. He has authored several book chapters and published in journals including British Journal of Cancer, Head and Neck and the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is currently setting up the MSc programme in dental implant reconstructive surgery at Brighton Medical School and was recently awarded the President's Prize at the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Conference in 2018 for his work on iKnife technology at Imperial College, London. He also hosts the annual advanced microvascular, virtual surgical planning and cadaveric perforator course and has recently become a member of council for the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.


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