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Dr Ross Hobson

BDS MDS PhD (Nc'l); FDS RCS; MDOrth RCS (Glas); FDS RCS (Ed); FDS RCS (Eng); SFHEA


Ross received his BDS, MDS and PhD from the University of Newcastle, in addition he is a Fellow in Dental Surgery from all three of the UK Colleges. The Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians, Glasgow; The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh; and The Royal College of Surgeons, England. His membership in orthodontics ( MDOrth) is from the RCPS (Glasgow). He became one of the first Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and was the first dentist to be awarded the prestigious Senior Fellowship of the HEA (SFHEA). In 2010 he was awarded the honour of Fellowship of the British Dental Association, the highest honour of the association, for outstanding and distinguished service to the BDA and the dental profession.

His training began as an undergraduate at Newcastle Dental School (1979-1984)). On qualifying he undertook his first jobs in Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow dental schools. His specialist orthodontic training was completed in Dundee. From 1992 to 2009 he was at University of Newcastle upon Tyne, firstly as a lecturer, then Senior lecturer/Consultant. During this time he was responsible for the undergraduate orthodontic program and the 3 year MSc/Specialist training program in orthodontics. Ross resigned from Newcastle Dental School in April 2009. He was locum consultant at Sheffield's Charles Clifford Dental School from May 2009 to January 2010. He is currently working in his own specialist orthodontic practice in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Nationally and Internationally he has lead dental education as National Dental Lead for the Dental and Medical subject centre (LTSN-01, now MEDEV) for the Higher Education Academy. He has been active in national and international education, working in LTSN-01 to develop dental education and then as part of the Dent Ed; Dent ED Evolves and Dent Ed III EU Thematic projects. He was co author of the European (ADEE) and Global reports on Quality Assurance in Dental Education.

In 2009 he was the first dentist to be awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. In the same year his work in dental education was recognized by the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) by the presentation of their Excellence of Dental Education Award.

He has been an active member of the British Dental Association serving on the Northern Branch Council and Nationally on the Central Committee for Dental Academic Staff since 1996, becoming Chair in 2004. He was Non-Executive Director and member of the BDA Executive Board (2005-2009) and has served on many BDA committees : Education; International affairs, Honors and Awards; General Dental Practice; and Auxiliary. He has represented BDA and dental academics in meetings with both the General Dental Council and The Chief Dental Officer.

He founded the Newcastle Hypodontia Team with June Nunn, David Murray and Nigel Carter over 14 years ago, developing the team of specialists and nurses working together to provide high interdisciplinary quality for these patients. The vast majority of his clinical work is in the management of hypodontia patients, providing him with insight of the specific orthodontic problems associated with this group of patients. His research is in dental materials and hypodontia – the clinical management and genetic basis of the condition. Ross has been involved with IADR for many years, serving as board member of the Craniofacial Biology Group and active in the Education Research Group. He has won/held research awards from the MRC, RCPS (Glasgow) and the British Orthodontic Society (BOS), publishing over 70 refereed papers on education, clinical and research subjects.

In his spare time Ross is an international yachtsman, holding a number of race wins and records including the 2 handed Round Britain and Ireland race, The Transat Jacques Vabre and the Bermuda to UK transatlantic world record.