Mr Kristian Coomaraswamy BDS, MFDS RCS (Eng), MPaedDent RCS (Eng), FDS (PaedDent) RCS (Eng), AHEA

Kris Coomar

School of Dentistry
Clinical Lecturer & Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry

Contact details

The School of Dentistry
5 Mill Pool Way
B5 7EG
United Kingdom

Kris Coomar is a Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant based at Birmingham Dental Hospital and School in the Institute of Clinical Sciences, with clinical affiliations to Birmingham Children’s Hospital; prior to his current posting, he had worked in general practice, community dental service and hospital dentistry around South Wales.

Kris is an enthusiastic educator in Paediatric Dentistry, supporting both undergraduate and postgraduate learners. He instructs for both the DF1 and Dental Therapy vocational training schemes in the West Midlands, along with providing postgraduate talks/courses locally.

Kris’ primary area of research is in dental materials (mineral trioxide aggregate), though he has published/reviewed more broadly on areas of Paediatric Dentistry and alcohol-related violence. Kris also advises within his specialty to the British Dental Association and commercial companies.


  • Fellowship in Paediatric Dentistry (FDS (PaedDent)) of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2012.
  • Associate of the Higher Education Academy (AHEA), 2011.
  • Membership in Paediatric Dentistry (MPaedDent) of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2009.
  • Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2001.
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), 1999.


Kris Coomar qualified with a BDS from the University of Wales College of Medicine (UWCM) in 1999, and remained on as a house surgeon in Cardiff Dental Hospital & School (and the University Hospital of Wales) for three years post-qualification. During this time, Kris was additionally involved with dental undergraduate/nursing teaching and research with the Cardiff Violence Research Group. Kris spent several periods with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, Glasgow, collecting information on injuries associated with bar glassware and alcohol-related violence; his results were later published and received national media attention. Kris also attained his MFDS whilst in post.

Kris went on to complete his Vocational Training in Barry, South Wales, in 2003, and remained on as a part-time associate dental surgeon till end-2004. He also taught undergraduate dental students part-time at St. David’s Primary Care Unit, Cardiff (2003) and was a full-time Community Dental Officer (CDO) for Cardiff and the Vale NHS Trust (2004).

Kris joined the University of Birmingham at the beginning of 2005, as a clinical lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry, with a clinical attachment to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. He concurrently commenced his PhD (on the dental material  mineral trioxide aggregate), paedodontic specialist training and PGCert. Kris gained his MPaedDent and registration on the GDC Specialist List in 2009; he was recognised as an Associate of the Higher Education Academy (AHEA) in 2011; he was appointed as an honorary consultant in 2012.

Kris is currently involved with the paedodontic undergraduate and postgraduate training in Birmingham Dental Hospital and School, and the West Midlands. His own formal training is nearing completion; his involvement with research, teaching and dental service provision will continue into the future. Kris has developed both national and international contacts for which he has advised and/or maintains collaborations.


University Programmes:

  • BDS.
  • BSc (Dental Hygiene & Therapy).
  • BMedSci.

West Midlands Workforce Deanery Programmes:

  • DF1/DF2 Training Scheme.
  • FDT Training Scheme.
  • NVQ Level 3 (Oral Healthcare Dental Nursing).

Postgraduate supervision

Kris is involved with postgraduate supervision in Paediatric Dentistry and Dental Materials.


Current Areas of Research:

  • Dental Materials.
  • Mineral Trioxide Aggregate (MTA).
  • Dental Trauma.
  • Dental Pulp Therapy.

 Previous Areas of Research:

  • Alcohol-Related Violence.
  • Injuries Associated with Bar Glassware.

Other activities

  • Treasurer of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) West Midlands Branch.


Bateman G, Coomaraswamy K, Saha S. (2010), Mineral trioxide aggregate use in failing endodontic treatment – a case report. Dent Update, 37: 33-39.

Coomaraswamy KS, McKaig S. (2009), Use of mineral trioxide aggregate in the management of complicated crown fractures. Int J Paediatr Dent, 19 (Suppl. 2): 11.

Coomaraswamy KS, Clark VJ. (2008), Epidermolysis Bullosa: dental management of paediatric patients under general anaesthesia. Int J Paediatr Dent, 18 (Suppl. 1): 17.

Coomaraswamy KS, Lumley PJ, Shelton RM, Hofmann MP. (2008), Evaluation of different radiopacifiers for an MTA-like dental cement. KEM, 361-363: 885-888.

Murphy JC, Hofmann MP, O’Beirne JL, Coomaraswamy KS, Shelton RM. (2008), Monitoring the accelerated setting of portland cement based dental materials. KEM, 361-363: 805-808.

Coomaraswamy KS, Lumley PJ, Hofmann MP. (2007), Effect of bismuth oxide radioopacifier content on the material properties of an endodontic portland cement-based (MTA-like system). JOE, 33: 295 – 298.

Coomaraswamy KS, Lumley PJ, Hofmann MP. (2006), Effect of radio-opacifier content on an MTA-like root filling material. J Dent Res, 85 (Spec Issue B): 0777PEF.

Coomaraswamy KS, Lumley PJ, Hofmann MP. (2006), Workability and mechanical performance of an MTA-like root filling cement. J Dent Res, 85 (Spec Issue B): 0585PEF.