Dr Sarah Waring

Dr Sarah Waring

School of Dentistry
Academic Clinical Lecturer and Specialist Trainee in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Sarah Waring is currently an Academic Clinical Lecturer in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. She started her specialty training in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Birmingham in April 2015 and has an interest in oral cancer.

Apart from her clinical work, she undertakes research in the field of oral cancer, currently focusing on digital image analysis and development of prognostic models.

She is actively involved with teaching BDS students.


  • Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh) 2014
  • BDS, UCLan/Liverpool University 2011
  • PhD, University of Newcastle 2006
  • BSc (Hons) Physiology, University of Newcastle 2002


Sarah first graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a BSc in Physiology (2002) and subsequently completed a Doctorate in epithelial cell research, also at Newcastle University (2006). Following on from this she completed a graduate entry degree in Dentistry at the University of Central Lancashire/Liverpool (2011).

Following Dental Foundation Training in General Dental Practice and several years of experience in Maxillofacial Surgery in South Manchester and North Staffordshire, Sarah gained more specialist Dental Core Training experience in the field of Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology at Guy’s Hospital, London. In March 2015, she took up the post of Academic Clinical Lecturer in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology in Birmingham.

Sarah is currently undertaking specialist clinical training in Oral and Maxillofacial Histopathology whilst also pursuing her research interests in oral cancer in collaboration with Professor Gabriel Landini.

Sarah very much enjoys and is actively involved with the delivery of oral and dental pathology teaching at Birmingham Dental School and is currently working towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. 


Dental Surgery (BDS)


Sarah has an interest in oral cancer research and has recently been awarded a research grant from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

 Prognosis and stratification of patients with early stage oral squamous cell carcinoma into appropriate treatment categories is limited by subjectivity and lack of reproducible morphological measurements in histological tumour sections. Sarah’s current study involves digital image analysis with the aim of developing a reliable and reproducible prognostic model taking into account invasive patterns in oral carcinomas.

Other activities

  • Member of The Pathological Society.
  • Member of the British Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.
  • Full registration with the General Dental Council (Reg no. 209728).