Professor J E Gallagher

Head of Population and Patient Health,Professor of Oral Health Strategy, Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health
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SDL-9 (2015)

Professor Jenny Gallagher holds a personal Chair in Oral Health Services Research at King’s College London [KCL] Dental Institute at Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’s Hospitals. Within the Dental Institute, Professor Gallagher is Head of Patient and Population Health. She also works with Public Health England as an honorary consultant in Dental Public Health.

Following graduation from Queens University Belfast in 1984, Jenny obtained professional experience across the main branches of dentistry in the UK (hospital, general and community dental services) prior to specialising in Dental Public Health at KCL. Professor Gallagher’s personal research interests include a particular focus on shaping the healthcare workforce to meet the needs of the population, with a strong emphasis on prevention and serving the needs of society as dental professionals.

Within the UK, Professor Gallagher has been a member of Department of Health and Royal College working groups contributing to policy on dentistry in general and dental workforce in particular. The former include working as a member of the Senior Dental Leadership team, National Working Group on Older People and more recently working with Public Health England on ‘Delivering Better Oral Health: an evidence-based toolkit for prevention’. Workforce initiatives include providing academic input to the development of Special Care Dentistry, Dental Public Health, and Dentists with a Special Interest.

Professor Gallagher has held a number of senior roles in the UK and internationally including: President of British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (2012/13); Co-President of European Association for Dental Public Health (2013); and President of the Odontological Section of the Royal Society of Medicine (2013/14).

International roles include: European chapter lead for the Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network; leading a working group looking at Dental Public Health Education in Europe; and contributing strategically on workforce development in low and middle income countries including Sierra Leone in West Africa.