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Institute of Dentistry - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr John Buchanan, Hons BSc, BDS, MB BS, MSc in Med Ed, FDS (OM) RCPS Glasg, FDS RCS (Eng), MRCP(UK), FRCP Lond


Clinical Senior Lecturer in Oral Medicine, Honorary Clinical Consultant in Oral Medicine with Barts Health NHS Trust

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7882 2386
Room Number: Office 15, Floor 4, Institute of Dentistry


John Buchanan is a Clinical Senior Lecturer / Honorary Consultant and Clinical Lead for Oral Medicine at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry / Barts and the London NHS Trust. He is also Lead for Quality Assurance in the Dental Institute, Lead for Quality Assurance for LDS, Deputy Lead for Quality Assurance for the Overseas Registration Examination.
He studied dentistry and medicine at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guys and St Thomas' Hospitals, University of London. During his dental studies he additionally obtained an intercalated BSc in Anatomy and Basic Medical Sciences.
Prior to undertaking specialist training in Oral Medicine he obtained general medical experience and was awarded MRCP(UK) in 2001. He undertook specialist training in Oral Medicine at the Eastman Dental Hospital, London between 2002-2005. He was awarded FDS RCS Eng Ad eundem in 2010.  He was elected FRCP London in 2014. In 2018 he completed an MSc in Medical Education at the Royal College of Physicians / University College London and acts as an invited teaching facilitator on the RCP’s Peer Support Network course. He is an External Examiner for Peninsula Dental School.

During the period 2013-18 John Buchanan was a Board Member on the Specialist Advisory Committee in the Additional Dental Specialties (SACADS) representing the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow. Since demitting, he has continued to play an active role in Oral Medicine Specialist training in the United Kingdom and acts as an external representative on Oral Medicine Annual Review of Competency Progression panels. He is educational supervisor for an Oral Medicine trainee at Barts Health NHS Trust.


Centre: Centre for Teaching Innovation



In addition to his academic duties as Lead for Quality Assurance for the Dental Institute, John Buchanan is a passionate and enthusiastic clinical teacher and is closely involved in teaching and assessing Clinical Human Health and Disease, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology within the Undergraduate course and a number of Postgraduate programmes using large and small group teaching strategies as well as at the chairside within the Dental Institute of QMUL. Through his interest in assessment design and psychometrics he has been significantly involved in the development and delivery of the assessment portfolio in the Institute’s BDS programme. He is a member of QMUL Senate.


Research Interests:

His current clinical research interests include the aetiology, epidemiology and management of immune-mediated mucocutaneous diseases and burning mouth syndrome. With regards to learning, teaching and assessment in medical and dental education, he is actively involved in research projects relating to peer observation of teaching, strategies for developing the teaching skills of part-time clinical educators, clinical curriculum development and delivery, quality assurance of high stakes clinical examinations, gender inequalities in clinical academic careers and barriers to career progression for clinical academics in medicine and dentistry.


  1. AGS Lumsden and JAG Buchanan. “An Experimental Study of Timing and Topography of Early Tooth Development in the Mouse Embryo with an Analysis of the Role of Innervation.” Arch. Oral Biol. 31 (5) 301-311. 1986
  2. F Fortune and JAG Buchanan. “Oral Lichen Planus and Coeliac Disease.” Lancet.       341(8853); 1154-1155 (Letter), 1993
  3. JAG Buchanan and F Fortune. “Delayed Diagnosis: Bilateral parotid enlargement as a presenting feature of bulimia nervosa in a post-adolescent male.” Postgraduate Medical Journal 70(819):27-30. 1995
  4. JAG Buchanan, AS Hasan, L Churchill, F Fortune. “Atypical Palatal Ulceration.” Postgraduate Medical Journal. 71(831):55-56. 1995
  5. JAG Buchanan, A Morris, F Fortune. “A mechanic who coughed up blood for 15 months.”  350(9070): July 5, 28. 1997

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