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Institute of Dentistry - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Professor Amitha Ranauta, BDS, LLM, Phd, SFHEA, FDTFEd, RCSEd


Professor of Professionalism Education, Head of Centre for Teaching and Innovation

Room Number: Office 1, Floor 5, Institute of Dentistry


Amitha qualified as a dentist from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1996. On completion of vocational training and whilst working in general dental practice, she pursued her special interest in ethics and law by completing her Medical Law degree at Cardiff University in 2000. She also completed the Communication Skills Teaching Programme at the University of Cambridge in 2011.

Amitha started working at Barts and The London in 2006 as a clinical lecturer and is now Professor of Professionalism Education. She leads on the teaching of Professionalism, Ethics and Law and Communication Skills in the dental curriculum. She was appointed as an honorary lecturer of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in 2015.

Amitha successfully completed her PhD thesis, 'Professionalism in the dental undergraduate curriculum', in 2016. Since then she has explored the Role of Reflective Practice in General Dental Practice, examining patient feedback and the role of patients as educators. She was Associate Dean (Dental Foundation) at Health Education England till May 2023. She chairs fitness to practise panels at QMUL and at the regulator, the General Dental Council.


Centre: Centre for Teaching and Innovation 


Professionalism education Ethics and Law Communication Skills Reflective Practice. 


Research Interests:

Professionalism, Dental Education, Reflective Practice, the Role of Patients as educators, Haptics and Simulation.


  1. Ranauta, A, Audsley, B, Coulthard, P. The integration of haptic training into the QMUL dental curriculum. Eur J Dent Educ. 2023; 00: 1-6. doi:10.1111/eje.12963
  2. Sahab, D.A., Bamashmous, M.S., Ranauta, A. et al. Socioeconomic inequalities in the utilization of dental services among adults in Saudi Arabia. BMC Oral Health 22, 135 (2022).
  3.  Hanks S, Ranauta A, Johnson I, Bateman H, Nasseripour M, Neville P. Professionalism and dental education: in search of a shared understanding. Br Dent J. 2022 Apr;232(7):470-474. doi: 10.1038/s41415-022-4094-0. Epub 2022 Apr 8. PMID: 35396431.
  4. Yuvaraj A, Mahendra VS, Chakrapani V, Yunihastuti E, Santella AJ, Ranauta A, Doughty J; HIV and stigma in the healthcare setting, Oral Dis 26 Suppl 1:103-111 Sep 2021
  5. Sharma Mahendra, V, Ranauta, A, Yuvraj, A, Santella, AJ, Taslim, A, Doughty, J. The role of patient and public involvement in oral health and HIV/AIDS research, practice and policy. Oral Dis. 2020; 26(Suppl. 1): 117– 122
  6. Coulthard, P, Tappuni, AR, Ranauta, A. Oral health and HIV: What dental students need to know. Oral Dis. 2020; 26(Suppl. 1):47– 53. 
  7. Ranauta, A, Tappuni, A, Coulthard, P. HIV Teaching: A dental curriculum which fosters knowledge and attitude. Oral Dis. 2020; 26(Suppl. 1): 123– 126. 
  8. British Dental Journal - Developing understanding and enactment of professionalism: undergraduate dental students' perceptions of influential experiences in this process. Ranauta; , D. Freeth; & E. Davenport. BDJ volume 225, pages 662–666 (12 October 2018)


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