Institute of Dentistry - Barts and The London

Dr Jimmy Makdissi, Statutory Exam 2001, FDS RCS Eng 2000, MSc Belf 1996, DDR RCR 2004, DDS Aleppo 1993


Clinical Senior Lecturer/Hon. Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

Telephone: +44 20 7882 8643
Room Number: Office 2, Floor 4, Institute of Dentistry


I joined Queen Mary University of London in November 2004. I qualified in 1993 from the University of Aleppo, completed a postgraduate diploma in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the University of Damascus in 1995 and then a Master of Medical Sciences in Oral Surgery form Queen's University of Belfast. I then obtained my fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in 1999 after spending 2 3 years in hospital Senior House Officer posts in Belfast, Leeds and Cork. I completed my specialist training in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology at Guy's Hospital and obtained my Diploma of Dental Radiology from the Royal College of Radiologists in 2004.

I have altered, re-designed and now direct the Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology programme of the undergraduate BDS curriculum along with introducing new lectures and tutorials into the course and a multi disciplinary approach.
I deliver a number of lectures, seminars and practical classes, contribute to the design of the In Course Assessment and write exam questions. I supervise SSM modules for undergraduate MBBS students, deliver didactic and clinical teaching to postgraduate students, senior house officers and medical and dental specialist registrars.

I supervise 2 MSc projects in Oral Radiology and Orthodontics.

I teach on the fellowship programme in the Royal College of Surgeons and on the MSc in implantology at Warwick University.  I sit on the education committee of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.
I have been an invited speaker on number of national conferences (British Dental Association and British Association of Oral Surgery)  and international conferences (Australia: The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Pakistan: Asia Pacific Dental Congress, Hungary: International Association of Head and Neck Radiology) and the USA: American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

I have been nominated by the students for staff president of the Student / Staff Association.

I have obtained my Statement of Teaching Proficiency from Kings College London.

I am the Dental Tutor for the London Deanery at Barts and the London NHS Trust and the faculty tutor at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


Research Interests:

Dr Makdissi’s research interest include: is interested in:
• Trauma Imaging
• CBCT application in dentistry
• Salivary glands imaging and intervention
• Imaging of Sjorgen Syndrome


Key Publications

Grammatopoulos E, Murtadha L, Nair P, Holmes S, Makdissi J. Ultrasound guided removal of an airgun pellet from a patient's right cheek. Dentomaxillofac Radiol. 2008 Dec;37(8):473-6.

Ngu RK, Brown JE, Whaites EJ, Drage NA, Ng SY, Makdissi J. Salivary duct strictures: nature and incidence in benign salivary obstruction. Dentomaxillofac Radiol. 2007 Feb;36(2):63-7.

Cholia SS, Wilson PH, Makdissi J. Multiple idiopathic external apical root resorption: report of four cases. Dentomaxillofac Radiol. 2005 Jul;34(4):240-6.

Drage NA, Brown JE, Makdissi J, Townend J. Migrating salivary stones: report of three cases. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2005 Apr;43(2):180-2.

Makdissi J, Escudier MP, Brown JE, Osailan S, Drage N, McGurk M. Glandular function after intraoral removal of salivary calculi from the hilum of the submandibular gland.Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2004 Dec;42(6):538-41.

McGurk M, Makdissi J, Brown JE. Intra-oral removal of stones from the hilum of the submandibular gland: report of
technique and morbidity.Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2004 Oct;33(7):683-6.

Makdissi J. Ultrasound guided removal of an air gun pellet from the temporal fossa: a technical note. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2004 Apr;33(3):304-6.

Makdissi J, Sleeman D.  Dental and maxillofacial abnormalities following treatment of malignant tumours in children.
Ir Med J. 2004 Mar;97(3):86-8.

Makdissi J.  Growth rate of salivary glands calculi: an interesting case.Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2003 Dec;41(6):414.

Makdissi J, Barez R, Whaites E, Brown J. Case report--Scanora imaging of an unusual unerupted tooth located entirely
below the inferior dental canal.  J Ir Dent Assoc. 2003;49(2):43-6.

Makdissi J. Interpretation of dental and maxillofacial radiographs: a comparative study using an X-ray viewing box and window. J Ir Dent Assoc. 2002;48(4):123-4.

Makdissi J.  Spontaneous regression of bilateral dentigerous cysts.  Br Dent J. 2002 Jul 27;193(2):62-3.