Dr George Cherukara
PhD, MClinDent (Prostho), FDS (Rest Dent) RCPS (Glasg), FHEA, MFDS RCPS (Glasg), BDS
Senior Clinical Lecturer (Scholarship)
Institute of Dentistry, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZR
George Cherukara graduated from Bangalore University, India in 1991. He worked in academia and maintained a private general practice in Kerala, India until 1996. He came to the UK that year and after stints at Newcastle University and Newcastle General Hospital in Restorative Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery respectively, he moved to London in 1997. He completed his Master’s degree in Prosthodontics from University of London, while based at Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Having committed to an academic career, he carried on there to complete his doctoral degree in 2005. During that time, he gained membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, prior to being admitted to the Dentists Register maintained by the General Dental Council. In 2015 he was awarded the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
In 2007 he was appointed to NIHR Clinical Lectureship, the prestigious clinical academic specialist training programme in Restorative Dentistry. He was awarded the Fellowship in Restorative Dentistry by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2012, and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lectureship at Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is a GDC registered specialist in Restorative Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Endodontics and Periodontics. In 2014 he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Aberdeen. Working closely with a team of consultant colleagues, he provides comprehensive specialist dental care for patients with a wide range of conditions, in all aspects of Restorative Dentistry.
George is the Associate Director for Clinical Sciences at the Institute of Dentistry and is the academic clinical lead responsible for patient safety on student teaching clinics. He has extensive experience in teaching and assessment both undergraduate and graduate dental students in dentistry. He is also involved with postgraduate training of dentists. He represent the University of Aberdeen on the Scottish Specialist Training Committee, the Dental Education Research Group of the Scottish Oral Health Research Collaboration, and the Human Factors and Patient Safety Scottish Dental Schools Network.
Outside of the Institute of Dentistry, George continues to maintain private practice in London, which he has maintained since 2005. He is also engaged in specialist private practice in Aberdeen. Being at the birthplace of golf, he finds time to spend on the driving range and the beautiful golf courses in and around Aberdeen. Having two teenage boys, he is amazed how the way of life of a teenager has changed since he has been one, and relive those days with them!
George's research interest spreads across the spectrum of Restorative Dentistry with particular emphasis on clinical quality outcomes. He is involved in exploring the association between periodontitis and systemic diseases, such as acute cardiovascular events and ankylosing spondylitis. His pedagogic research involves the use of technology to empower and enhance the students teaching and learning experience. George believes that a better understanding of student transition in the pre-clinical and clinical environment, can directly benefit patient safety and improve patient care. Using a mixed-methods approach he is hoping to gain a better understanding of student transition, both in the technical and non-technical domains. At heart he is a passionate clinician, and therefore he is keen to explore ways in which patient care can be delivered more efficiently. He supervises two PhD students, in addition to UG students and colleagues engaged in research.
Funding and Grants
Rod Flower UG Student Summer Research Scholarship - 2013.
QMUL Annual Fund Grant for a study on the use of co-ordinate machine generated 3D images in clinical skills teaching - 2013.
Development Trust Summer Research Grant -2017.
Endowment Grant 2018. Project Title: Computer Assisted Learning/Computer Assisted Simulation (CAL/CAS) in clinical skills teaching in dentistry - A study to explore its effectiveness in improving patient care
Technology Enabled Care - Test of Change 2019 – Teledentistry.
As Associate Director for Clinical Sciences I have overall responsibility for Clinical Dentistry.
Within this theme I am the academic lead for Removable Prosthodontics and Periodontics.
I also lead on Human Factors & Ergonomics, and occlusion teaching