We regret to report that Dr Nik Pandya, representative of the North East Thames and North West Thames divisions on the National Faculty Board, passed away on Sunday 1 December.
An implant surgeon and leading periodontist, Nik qualified from the University of Newcastle in 1983 before undertaking hospital posts and working in general dental practice, joining The Avenue Dental Practice in Colchester, where he was Clinical Director, in 1989.
Admitted to the GDC’s specialist list in periodontics on its creation, he completed an MSc in Periodontology at Barts and Queen Mary, University of London, and held FGDP(UK)’s Diploma in General Dental Practice. An active member of the British Society of Periodontology, he chaired the Practitioners’ Section, was the regional representative for East Anglia, and was the society’s President-Elect for 2021-22 - a post he was greatly looking forward to taking up.
A popular teacher, Nik was Senior Clinical Lecturer and Programme Lead for Postgraduate Periodontology at the University of Essex, Postgraduate Clinical Lecturer and Tutor in Periodontology at Barts and Queen Mary, and Visiting Professor and programme lead for the MSc in Clinical Dentistry (Periodontology) at BPP University. He was also a committed researcher, with particular interest in guided bone and tissue regeneration, laser therapy and local antimicrobial therapy.
Nik chaired the Essex Branch and North Essex section of the BDA, was a member of his Local Dental Committee, and represented periodontics on the Essex LDN. He was a member of the Association of Dental Implantology, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the American Academy of Periodontology.
Elected to the FGDP(UK) Board in 2016, he was re-elected earlier this year. He was a member of the Finance Committee, former Chair of the Membership Assessment Panel and had previously served on the Education, Examinations and Membership Affairs committees.
With an amicable and generous nature, Nik enjoyed cricket, golf and karate, and is survived by his wife Neena, and children Shivanjali and Krishan, both of whom are undergraduate dental students.
Ian Mills, Dean of FGDP(UK), said:
“The dental profession has lost an inspirational colleague who dedicated his life to delivering the highest standards of care for patients, and helping others improve their knowledge and skills in dentistry. Nik was a great communicator, educator, and collaborator who was always keen to work with others to improve the quality of patient care. He joined the Faculty Board in 2016, and his drive, energy and vision will be sadly missed by all who worked with him. He was a kind, caring & thoughtful individual who always had time to support others, and our thoughts are with his family & friends.”
Nik’s family has requested that anyone wishing to pay tribute to his memory support the Barts Health Cancer Centre by making a donation to the Barts Charity.