Professor Heiko Spallek
Professor Heiko Spallek serves as Head of School and Dean of The University of Sydney School of Dentistry. In 1993, Professor Spallek graduated from the School of Dentistry, Humboldt University Berlin where he continued his career and was appointed in the Department of Periodontology and also received his PhD in the field of dental material sciences. While at Temple University School of Dentistry, Philadelphia, he earned an MSBA with a concentration in Computer and Information Science from the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple in 2000.
Professor Spallek is a graduate of the American Dental Education Association’s Leadership Institute. His research has as its focus the development of educational resources for dental professionals, the innovative use of clinical decision support systems to improve health outcomes and the creation of online communities. He published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and a textbook for Dental Informatics that has been published in Germany and in the US. His projects have a foundation in the fields of education, usability engineering, medical and dental informatics and computer science. He has served and still serves as PI of several NIH-supported research projects aiming to improve the adoption of Evidence-Based Dentistry. Recently, he was appointed as the Academic Lead Digital Health and Health Service Informatics for the Faculty of Medicine and Health (FMH) at the University of Sydney providing leadership and guidance to ensure that digital health education and training is embedded in all FMH programs. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating and aligning research activities across the FMH and its partners.
Mr. Joseph Kerr, (MBA, CPA (un-licensed), PMP), Senior Associate Dean for Administration & COO of the UB College of Arts and Sciences, consistently demonstrates leadership through effective, strategic, and creative problem solving, evidenced-based decision making, and mission aligned fiscal management that transformed central and decanal unit operations. As the UB School of Dental Medicine Associate Dean for Administration, Mr. Kerr implemented financial strategies that fueled growth, improved productivity, and decentralized management, resulting in 30% budget growth, service improvements, and a$22M capital initiative. As Assistant Vice President for Technology Services, Mr. Kerr led the design, build, and implementation of the campus-wide business intelligence initiative, (SIRI), transforming finance, HR, research, and space information access and analytic capabilities for over 1,200 customers at inception.
Mr. Kerr’s, 30 years of Higher Education, administrative, operations, and technology leadership create a unique combination of skills and experience that lead to innovation and success.
Nigel Pitts, BDS, PhD, FDS (RCS Eng), FDS (RCS Edin), FFGDP (UK), FFPH, FRSE
At King’s College London Dental Institute, Professor Nigel Pitts FRSE is Director of the Innovation and Translation Centre (DITC) for the Dental Institute and Professor of Dental Health. He is also an Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and to Public Health England.
Professor Pitts graduated in Dentistry from the University of London, moved to the University of Hong Kong to help set up a new Dental School in the 1980s and returned to the UK to take up the Directorship of the Dental Health Services Research Unit at the University of Dundee, where he also served as Dean of Dentistry and Director of the Centre for Clinical Innovations. He moved back to London and King’s College London Dental Institute in January 2013 to set up the then new DITC.
Professor Pitts has assembled a portfolio of research projects supported by external peer-reviewed grants of over £20 million, These activities have now been built on at King’s in setting up and developing the DITC and the creation of the Kings Spin-out Company Reminova. Prof Pitts has authored 220 peer reviewed publications and 100 Chapters, Books and Equivalent publications and holds an elected Fellowship from the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK) as well as further Fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and of Edinburgh, the Faculty of Public Health and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. These Fellowships are indicative of an unusually broad career involvement spanning science, clinical practice, technology transfer and public health. During these various stages an interest in the development and use of longitudinal patient and tooth surface based data to improve outcomes has been a consistent feature.
Currently, Professor Pitts is Co-Chair of the ICDAS Foundation which coordinates ICCMS™ - the International Caries Classification and Management System. He also works with a number of research and professional organisations, as well as Companies, seeking to improve Dentistry, Oral Health and Health.