Professor Damien Walmsley PhD, MSc, BDS, FDSRCPS

Damien Walmsley

School of Dentistry
Director of Internationalisation
Head of Teaching Unit of Prosthetic Dentistry

Contact details

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

International work

In my role as Director of Internationalisation for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, I assist the College in attracting the best students from around the world, enhance the global nature of our students’ experience, grow the International reach and impact of our research and extend strategically the MDS global footprint. 

For enquiries relating to my Director of Internationalisation role, please contact Taslima Begum:  Telephone +44 (0) 121 4142523


  • Certificate of specialisation General Dental Council 1999
  • Certificate of Accreditation Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow 1992
  • F.D.S. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow 1987
  • Ph.D. Victoria University of Manchester 1985
  • M.Sc. Victoria University of Manchester 1983
  • B.D.S. Victoria University of Manchester 1981


  • Dental Surgery BDS
  • Head of Teaching Unit of Prosthetic Dentistry
  • Contributes to teaching in Modules
  • Year 1 (Healthcare Ethics and Law, Introduction to Clinical Dentistry)
  • Year 2 (Practical Dental Skills, Clinical Skills, Introduction to Simulated Clinical Procedures,
  • Year 3 (Simulated Clinical Procedures, Introduction to Clinical Practice and Speciality Teaching
  • Year 4 (Advanced Simulated Clinical Procedures and Speciality Teaching)
  • Year 5 (Preparation for General Dental Practice and Student Selected Module Clinical Studies)
  • MSc in Advanced General Dental Practice.

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Walmsley is interested in supervising doctoral researchers in the following areas:

The use of ultrasound in dentistry, including its role in treating periodontal disease, endodontics and oral surgery. This involves applied research on the use of ultrasound including knowledge of physics and clinical application
Imaging of teeth and dental plaque with novel technologies
The effectiveness of e-learning in dentistry

Other activities

Positions of Responsibility

  • Member of School Executive
  • Graduate School Director for Dentistry  
  • Head of the teaching unit of Prosthetic Dentistry
  • Member of International Engagement Committee
  • Vice Chair for Universitas 21 Health Sciences
  • Trustee of St Mary’s Hospice, Birmingham.

External Appointments

  • Scientific Advisor to British Dental Association
  • Peer review council of EPSRC
  • Immediate past President of Association for Dental Education in Europe


  • Ultrasonics in Dentistry covering ultrasonic scalers, endosonics and ultrasonic bone surgery
  • Co-author on Cochrane publications on Powered toothbrushes. 
  • Published over 280 papers
  • Presented numerous keynote lectures at national and international level
  • Steering committee of PSIBS (Physical Sciences of imaging in the Biological Sciences)
  • Researching novel imaging techniques for biological applications.

Educational highlights

  • Interest in all things IT, and at the cutting edge of teaching and learning in dentistry. 
  • Editor of
  • Photography
  • Passion for uptake of social networking and eLearning
  • Team member that won the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year, sponsored by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). 


  • Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dentistry 2002 -2011
  • Emeritus Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Dentistry
  • Editorial board of the British Dental Journal and European Journal of Dental Education, European Journal of Restorative Dentistry and Journal of Dental Education. 
  • President of the British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry 2010-2011
  • Chairman of the PanDental Society organising committee 2010-2011
  • Regularly speaks on research and innovation
  • Queen's Anniversary Prize Judge (2015) 


Recent publications


Jayachandran, S, Walmsley, AD & Hill, K 2020, 'Challenges in Dental implant provision and its management in general dental practice', Journal of Dentistry, vol. 99, 103414.

Vyas, N, Grewal, M, Kuehne, S, Sammons, R & Walmsley, D 2020, 'High speed imaging of biofilm removal from a dental implant model using ultrasonic cavitation', Dental Materials, vol. 36, no. 6, pp. 733-743.

Vyas, N, Wang, Q & Walmsley, D 2020, 'Imaging and Quantification of the Area of Fast Moving Microbubbles Using a High Speed Camera and Image Analysis', Journal of Visualized Experiments .

Vyas, N, Wang, Q & Walmsley, D 2021, 'Improved biofilm removal using cavitation from a dental ultrasonic scaler vibrating in carbonated water', Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, vol. 70, pp. 105338.

Wang, Q, Mahmud, M, Smith, W & Walmsley, D 2020, 'Numerical investigation of bubble dynamics at a corner', Physics of Fluids, vol. 32, 053306 .

Manmi, K, Wu, WB, Vyas, N, Smith, W, Wang, Q & Walmsley, D 2020, 'Numerical investigation of cavitation generated by an ultrasonic dental scaler tip vibrating in a compressible liquid', Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, vol. 63, 104963.

Vyas, N, Sammons, R, Kuehne, S, Johansson, CB, Stenport, V, Wang, Q & Walmsley, D 2020, 'The effect of standoff distance and surface roughness on biofilm disruption using cavitation', PLoSONE, vol. 15, no. 7, e0236428.

Dias da Silva, MA & Walmsley, A 2019, 'Fake news and dental education', British Dental Journal, vol. 226, no. 6, pp. 397-399.

Wang, Q, Liu, W, Leppinen, D & Walmsley, D 2019, 'Microbubble dynamics in a viscous compressible liquid near a rigid boundary', IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics, vol. 84, no. 4, pp. 696–711.

Khatoon, B, Hill, K & Walmsley, A 2019, 'Mobile learning in dentistry: challenges and opportunities', British Dental Journal, vol. 227, pp. 298–304.

Liu, L, Zhou, R, Yuan, S, Sun, Z, Lu, X, Li, J, Chu, F, Walmsley, D, Yan, B & Wang, L 2019, 'Simulation training for ceramic crown preparation in the dental setting using a virtual educational system', European Journal of Dental Education.

Dias da Silva, MA, Pereira, AC & Walmsley, AD 2019, 'The availability of open-access videos offered by dental schools', European Journal of Dental Education.

Vyas, N, Manmi, K, Wang, Q, Jadhav, AJ, Sammons, R, Barigou, M, Sammons, RL, Kuehne, S & Walmsley, A 2019, 'Which parameters affect biofilm removal with acoustic cavitation? a review', Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology, vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 1044-1055.

Dias da Silva, MA, Pereira, A & Walmsley, A 2019, 'Who is providing dental education content via YouTube?', British Dental Journal, vol. 226, no. 6, pp. 437–440.


Dias da Silva, MA & Walmsley, D 2020, 'Fake news and oral healthcare', Dental Update, vol. 47, no. 8, pp. 629-632.

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As Scientific Advisor to the British Dental Association, I comment on many high profile scientific topis related to dentistry. These include Fluoridation, Oral Health, growing new teeth, use of mouth washes and new technologies in dentistry. I am happy to advise or discuss any research used in dentistry.

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