Monty Duggal

Professor of Paediatric Dentistry. Faculty of Dentistry : National University Health System. University of Singapore

Degrees and Other Qualifications

  • 1998  FDS (Paeds) RCS (Eng).  Royal College of Physicians and Surgeon of Glasgow
  • 1997   PhD, University of Leeds – Title:  The dental status of long-term survivors of childhood cancer and the effect of anti-cancer drugs on the developing enamel
  • 1993   FDSRCS Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • 1990   Statutory Examination, General Dental Council, London, UK
  • 1989   Certificate in Clinical Paediatric Dentistry, University of Leeds, UK
  • 1986  MDS (Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry), Postgraduate Institute for Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India
  • 1983  BDS, Punjab University, Punjab, India

Licensure and Registration

  • United Kingdom 1998             Specialist Registration as Paediatric Dentist
  • United Kingdom 1990             Full registration with the General Dental Council

 Appointments and Experience

  • Hospital Appointments
    •  1999 – present               Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry
    • 1994 – 1999                Honorary Senior Registrar, Department of Child Dental Health and St. James’s Hospital
    • 1988 – 1994                Honorary Registrar, Department of Child Dental Health and St. James’s Hospital Contract with the Yorkshire Regional Health Authority in conjunction with the post of Lecturer in Child Dental Health, University of Leeds.  Two sessions per week were spent treating children with childhood diseases, particularly cancer, at St. James’s Hospital, Seacroft Hospital and Regional Radiotherapy Centre at Cookridge in Leeds.  I worked closely with the Bone Marrow Transplant team and undertake prevention and dental treatment of children undergoing transplants and also monitored the effects of radiotherapy on the dental tissues.  The rest of the time was spent in the Department of Child Dental Health, Dental Hospital at Leeds.  During this period I also raised money to fund a dental unit based in the Paediatric Oncology Unit at St. James’s Hospital.  This is now a regional facility for the dental treatment of children with childhood cancer run by myself.
    • 1987 – 1988                Honorary Clinical Assistant, Division of Child Dental Health, Leeds Dental Hospital A full-time post with sessions devoted to care of children with advanced dental disease, behaviour problems, physical and mental handicap and hospitalised children.  One day a week was devoted to the care of children with childhood malignancy being treated at St. James’s University Hospital.
    • 1984 – 1986                Senior Resident in Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India This was a two-year training post leading to a degree of Master of Dental Science (MDSc) in Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry.  The two-year study period included training in behaviour management, primary teeth endodontics, restoration of primary teeth, interceptive orthodontics, management of traumatic injuries to teeth, management of medically compromised children.
    • 1983 – 1984                Resident House Surgeon, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India This involved rotational duties in all specialities of dentistry with special emphasis on Paediatric Dentistry.  Special duties involved prosthetic rehabilitation of patients who had undergone major maxillofacial surgery for oral cancer.  I also worked in the maxillofacial traumatology unit and gained experience in treating facial fractures.

Teaching/Research Appointments

  • Oct 1999 – 2017     Professor of Child Dental Health, Head of Paediatric Dentistry, University of Leeds
  • Jul 1999 – Oct 1999   Senior Lecturer in Child Dental Health, University of Leeds
  • Jan 1989 – July 1999 Lecturer in Child Dental Health, University of Leeds This was a tenured appointment.  I was responsible for organising the undergraduate curriculum in Paediatric Dentistry from June 1991 – 1993 and again from June 1994 ‘til the present.  This involved the organisation of the teaching activity for undergraduate students in Paediatric Dentistry.  Responsibilities included lectures, clinical and research supervision of both undergraduate and postgraduate (MDSc) students studying to specialise in Paediatric Dentistry.  During this period I supervised the research of 11 MDentSci students (MDSc Paediatric Dentistry) on various aspects of paediatric dentistry.  I initiated teaching dental traumatology as part of the core curriculum for undergraduate students.  I was actively involved in the teaching of MDentSci students at all levels.
  • Jan 1988 – Jan 1989  Part-time Lecturer in Child Dental Health, University of Leeds

 Administrative Roles

  • 2002–2017                 Head of Department of Paediatric Dentistry
  • 2005-2010                  Director of Applied Clinical Research, Leeds Dental Institute
  • 2001-2009                  Director of Leeds International Centre for Cariogenicity Research
  • 1995–1999                  Divisional Co-ordinator for Research in Child Dental Health and Behaviour Sciences I co-ordinate all the research activity for Child Dental Health.  This involves convening monthly meetings of the research group, collecting information about various publications of group members and also monitoring grant applications.
  • 1994 – Present           Internal Examiner for Final Year BChD and MDent Sci
  • 1994 – 1999               Co-ordinator of Undergraduate Teaching for Paediatric Dentistry I was responsible for the organisation of all undergraduate teaching activity in Paediatric Dentistry.  This includes lecture schedules, clinical rotas, basic operative technique course and course evaluation.
  • 1994 – 2000                Deputy Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health and Ethnicity
  • 1993 – 1996               Staff/Student Committee

Head of Department of Paediatric Dentistry

My role as HOD of Paediatric dentistry since 2002 has been one of huge upheaval.  When I took over in 2002 the department was relatively small, one of the smallest departments within the faculty; there were two consultants and two academic members of staff.  In the last 10 years, I have managed to grow my team into not only one of the largest departments in the faculty but also one of the largest and most highly regarded Paediatric Dentistry Departments in the world.  My team now consists of seven Consultants, two Professors, three Associate Professors/Readers, two lecturers and several Speciality registrars and part-time teachers who come and teach both in the UG and the PG programme.  The increase in numbers have come despite the University restructuring and reducing staff numbers across the board through the financial crisis that hit every developed country over the last 7-8 years.  I managed to increase staff numbers through innovative funding strategies, more notably through the National Institute of Heath Research funding, increasing number of overseas postgraduate students, and tapping into resources of other dental organisations out with the faculty, such as Salaried Dental Services.

One of my key successes has been the ability to recruit academics into Paediatric Dentistry at Leeds.  I had realised that there was a general dearth of academics in Dentistry around the world.  In order to deal with this I mentored several of my promising young students and enthused them to undertaking research.  This resulted in several of my young clinical staff undertaking and achieving PhD’s.  On completion of their PhD’s I also managed to secure funding to appoint them to academic positions in the department and three of these staff members are now Associate Professors and one a Lecturer.  I feel that one of my key strengths is my role as a mentor which has allowed me to develop young researchers through them make paediatric dentistry as one of the most acclaimed clinical, and research units in the world in paediatric dentistry.  My department is now the largest academic Paediatric Dentistry unit in dentistry in the country.

Postgraduate Programme in Paediatric Dentistry

The postgraduate programme in Paediatric dentistry in Leeds is now regarded as one of the premier programmes in the world.  Under my leadership and with the hard work of my team, we have made a transition from a Masters programme into a Professional Doctorate in Clinical paediatric Dentistry, and aligned the programme with the requirements of the Royal Colleges for speciality accreditation.  We receive in excess of 120 applications per years from all over the world for a total of 6-8 places.  Students who have qualified from our programme now number in excess of 130, and many hold senior positions both as clinicians and as senior academics all over the world.  Several of my ex-postgraduates have achieved Chair appointments.

Establishment of the Leeds International Centre for Cariogenicity research (LICCR).

I founded the Leeds International Centre for Cariogenicity Research (LICCR) in 1998 to bring together all the existing expertise related to research on foods and their implications for oral health. comprises a dedicated full-time Research Coordinator, and research staff who are fully trained to carry out studies to comply with ICH-GCP regulations. LICCR has undertaken several studies in recent years that fully comply with these regulatory procedures. There is a long-standing history of collaboration with industry on the study and development of products that are safer for teeth.

Facilities are available to carry out in vivo plaque pH studies and also remineralisation/demineralisation with the use of in situ modelling combined with techniques for quantitative assessment of tooth enamel using both Transverse Microradiography (TMR) and microhardness testing. The Group carried out studies on both caries and erosion.

Since 2012 this centre has given way to the establishment of a new entity in Leeds Dental institute called the Dental Clinical Translational Research Unit.  This has been funded through the Welcome Trust and all clinical translation research in LDI is now conducted within this important facility

Appointment as Divisional Head and Senior Management Team

In 2015 the school of dentistry was restructured into three Divisions, and I was appointed to lead one of them, the Division of Paediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics and Dental Public Health.  I also serve on the Senior Management Team of the school which in effect is the team in charge of all administrative decision making within the school.

Membership of Committees and Honorary Offices Held

  • 2012 – 2014             President of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
  • 2005 – 2007             External Examiner University of Kuwait, BDS
  • 2004 – Present         Visiting Professor, University of Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
  • 2002 – 2004             Chairman of the Summer School and Symposium Committee of the European Organisation of Caries Research (ORCA)
  • 2001 – 2002             Chairman, Cariology Group of the International Association of Dental Research (IIADR)
  • 1999 – 2004             Chairman, education committee of European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
  • 1998 – Present         Editorial Board of International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
  • 1997 – 1999             Secretary of Ridings Branch of British Society of Paediatric Dentistry
  • 1997 – 1999             Undergraduate Dental Education Committee
  • 1997 – 1999             Task force for teaching Quality assessment
  • 1998 – 2002             Chairman, Child Dental Health and Behaviour Sciences Research Group
  • 1995 – 1998             Secretary of the Child Dental Health and Behaviour Sciences Research Group
  • 1994 – Present         Deputy Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health and Ethnicity.  This centre is involved in research on ethnicity and oral health
  • 1994 – 2002             Member of Advisory Board of European Organisation of Caries Research (ORCA)
  • 1993 – 1996             Council member, British Society of Paediatric Dentistry
  • 1993 – 1995             Staff Student Committee
  • 1992 – 1994             Chairman Ridings Group, British Society of Paediatric Dentistry
  • 1991 – 1996             Member of Board of Dental Studies of Leeds University


Supervision of Postgraduate Students Research

Since 1988 I have supervised in excess of 60 Research projects at Masters level (Masters in Paediatric Dentistry).  In 2008 we converted the masters programme into a Professional Doctorate in Clinical paediatric Dentistry and since then I have supervised research for a further 8 students.

PhD Supervision


2012 – 2015 Alaa Bani Hani (Jordan)

Quality of life following Restorative care in children


Awarded 2016
2011 – 2015 Fatma Alzahrani (Saudi Arabia)

Randomised Controlled Trial Comparing Articaine and Lignocaine In children


Awarded 2015
2009 – 2014 Mr Wageh Twati (Libya)

Studies on MTA, and Revasularisation



Awarded 2014 and awarded “University of Leeds Excellence in Research” award.



2009 – 2014 Chrissi Tatsi (Greece)

Randomised controlled trial On fluoride releasing devices In Ortho patients


Awarded 2014
2009 – 2013 Mr Richard Balmer (UK)

Epidemiology of Molar Incisor Hypomineralisation


Awarded 2014
2008 – 2012 Mrs Fowzia Ali (Libya)

Studies on Erosion


Yet to be resubmitted with corrections
2006 – 2010 Miss Marina Malinowski (UK)

Studies on Fluoridated Milk


Awarded 2010
2005 – 2008 Mr Ahmed Abdullah (Syria)

Studies on Erosion and Sensitivity


Awarded 2009
2005-2008 Mr Peter Day (UK)

A Multi-Centre randomised Clinical Trial on Dental Trauma, using a Web-Based System


Awarded 2008
2004-2007 Mr Hani Abu-Diak (Jordan)

Slow Fluoride Devices and oral Biolfilms


Awarded 2007
2004-2007 Mr Fahd Al-Dobian (Saudi Arabia)

Ultrastructure of Teeth with Molar Incisor Hypomieralisation


Suspended due to personal circumstances
2003-2006 Mrs Gaytri Malik-Kotru (UK)

Slow F Releasing Glass Devices- Studies on dentin demin and sensitivity


Awarded 2007
2001-2005 Mr Ahmed Issa (Jordan))

The effect of intrinsic and extrinsic sugars on enamel demineralisation.


Awarded 2005
2000-2004 Miss Ruwaida Tootla (UK)

Studies on asthma and dental health


Awarded 2004


Mis sesiones

Hipomineralización incisivo-molar (MIH) y defectos relacionados en niños. Novedades y dilemas en el diagnóstico y plan de tratamiento


Modera: Fran Guinot


Trauma, trasplantes y ortodoncia. Rehabilitación multidisciplinar de un paciente infantil con un caso complejo de trauma


Modera: Fran Guinot