A Career in Dentistry

Updated: May 19, 2019

The Melanin Medics Blog Series showcasing black Medical Professionals in various Medical Specialties. Sharing their journeys, challenges and life lessons. #RepresentationMatters. This week we're featuring a Dentist!


Dr. Olurotimi Adesanya

BDS , DRDP (UCL), DDHLM (FGDP-UK), FDS RCS (Ed.), FFGDP(UK)

One of the founders of the African Caribbean Dental Association and Present Chairman of the association.

Dr Olurotimi Adesanya

I qualified in 1991 from School of dentistry University of Benin, Nigeria, since qualifying I have worked in several hospitals both in the United Kingdom and abroad, including Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Bedford General Hospital, Countess of Chester Hospital and Royal London Hospital. During my training in the hospitals, I reached the level of a Staff Surgeon in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Registrar in Paediatric Dentistry.


I obtained a Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh in 2000 and A Postgraduate Diploma in Restorative Dental Practice from the Eastman Dental Institute (Universities College London) one of the world renowned Postgraduate Institution in 2009.


In 2011 I was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Health Services Leadership and Management by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) The diploma provided me the educational experience that has advanced my knowledge and competence in the operational and strategic management of dental services, to ensure my dental team consistently provide a high quality of dental care.


In 2013 , I was awarded the Fellowship of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) of the Royal College of Surgeons England in recognition of my excellence in primary dental care .


I choose dentistry as a career because it is a caring profession and at time I applied it was believed that there was not enough dentists in globally and some patients did not have access to care In my career my greatest achievement so far being the owner of a dental practice caring for patients.


My greatest challenge working in primary dental care is the business side of dentistry being able to strike a balance between providing the best possible care for the patients with the resources available.


My advice

  1. Have a vision. I had a vision to be a dentist at the age of 13 after reading an health magazine which reported there was not enough dentists globally

  2. Work hard with a focus mind , purse excellence in whatever you do

  3. Speak to those already in the profession for guidance , Get a mentor

  4. Begin with the end in Mind


Outside work I enjoy self-development, travelling, recording / listen to music and being in a position to help others reach their full potential

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