FGDP(UK) Fellow takes up ADI Presidency

News Published: 
25 February 2020

Faculty Fellow Eimear O’Connell has taken up post as President of the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI).

The first female dentist in the position, she was elected last year for a two-year term and is the twenty-third holder of the association’s most senior role. 

After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1992, Eimear worked as an associate dentist, and has been the Principal of an award-winning private practice in the city, Bite Dentistry, since setting it up in 1996. She completed the MFGDP in 2007, became the first female dentist in the UK to gain the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s Diploma of Implant Dentistry in 2013, and was awarded Fellowship of FGDP in 2015.

Founded in 1987, the ADI is a membership association dedicated to postgraduate education in implant dentistry, an interest it shares with the FGDP. The two organisations collaborate closely in the development of the Faculty’s Training Standards in Implant Dentistry - which is used by the General Dental Council to define the training that should be undertaken to safely perform implant dentistry, and the standards which should be met by training courses - and former ADI President Professor Cemal Ucer is leading the development of FGDP standards on the practice of implant dentistry. The Faculty also delivers the highly respected FGDP(UK) Diploma in Implant Dentistry, which has taught over 600 students since 2003.

 Ian Mills, Dean of the Faculty, said:

“Many congratulations to Eimear. The ADI plays an important role in implant education, and is a key partner of the FGDP. We wish her all the best, and look forward to continuing to work together under her leadership as we publish new standards for implant dentistry and the next edition of our training standards.”


Faculty Members receive a 10% discount on the FGDP(UK) Diploma in Implant Dentistry. Dates for new cohorts will be announced shortly. Register your interest here and we will be in touch when applications open.