Prof Paul Coulthard BDS, MFGDP(UK), MDS, FDSRCS, FDS(OS)RCS, PhD

Honorary Professor

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Paul Coulthard was appointed Head of the School of Dentstry in 2013 and is currently Faculty Vice Dean and Head of the School of Medical Sciences. He is Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery at the University of Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. The School of Medical Sciences includes the research Divisions of Cancer Sciences, Cardiovascular Sciences, Developmental Biology & Medicine, Diabetes, Endocrinology & Gastroenterology, and the Manchester Medical School and Dental School. 

He undertook General Clinical Training as a General Dental Practitioner in Manchester and Sheffield and was awarded the Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners. His Basic Surgical Training took place in Manchester, Carlisle and London and he also undertook a resident training post in Anaesthesia. He also spent a short time working overseas. Professor Coulthard completed Higher Specialist Surgical Training in ademic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Manchester in 2000. This training included surgery of the mouth, surgery for facial injuries and fractures, surgery for facial disfigurement, and surgery of the salivary glands and jaw joint. He was awarded the Fellowship in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons and subsequenlty his Specialty Fellowship in Oral Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons Intercollegiate Board.

His clinical programme includes an in-patient major operating list (alternate weeks), two morning teaching ward rounds, a day-case operating list (alternate weeks), a treatment clinic, a consultation clinic, and fortnightly MDT clinics. 

As well as surgical training, Professor Coulthard undertook research training and was awarded an MDS in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a PhD in Neuroscience. The MDS study deomonstrated a novel method of pain assessment in healthy human volunteers using EEG recording. The doctoral work investigated the effect of excitatory and inhibitory amino acids on gait analysis as a novel marker of pain in adjuvant induced arthritis in an animal model. The adjuvant arthritis model allows investigation of inflammatory pain and hyperalgesia.

He was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer and Head of Department in 2000, Honorary Consultant in 2001 and Personal Chair in 2004. He is an editor with the Cochrane Collaboration Oral Health Group and is an Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Surgery, International Journal of Surgery Case Reports and the Chinese Journal for Clinicians. He was Editor-in-Chief of Oral Surgery 2013-18. He was awarded the Diplôme D’Honneur in 2006 by Lille University, France, and is Past President of the Dental Anesthesiology Research section of the International Association for Dental Research. Professor Coulthard is an expert advisor for the British National Formulary of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and for NHS Direct.

As a clinical academic Professor Coulthard believes that he has a unique opportunity to improve the quality of patient care because of his own research and ready access to the research of others that can be applied to the management of patients in a controlled and audited way. Development and implementation of the wider issues of clinical governance to ensure the provision of safe standards of patient care are part of his own mission as a clinical academic.


BDS (University of Manchester)
MFGDP(UK) (Royal College of Surgeons of England)
MDS (University of Manchester)
FDSRCS (Royal College of Surgeons of England)
FDSRCS(OS) (Royal College of Surgeons Intercollegiate Board)
PhD Neuroscience (University of Manchester)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • British Association of Oral Surgeons (Council Member and President-Elect, President 2019-21)
  • British Dental Association Hospital Group (President)
  • British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (Fellow)
  • Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (Committee Member)
  • International Association for Dental Research (Group Past President and currently Councillor)
  • Dental Sedation Teachers Group (Past Chairman)
  • Dental System Leadership Group, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership (Chair)
  • GM Oral Surgery Managed Clinical Network (Chair)
  • NHS England NHS Commissioning Board published, 'Securing excellence in commissioning NHS dental services' 2013 (Member)
  • NHS England Commissioing Working Group publihsed, 'Introductory Guide for Commissioining Dental Specialties' 2015 (Member)
  • NHS England Commissioning Working Group published 'Guide for Commissioning Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine' 2015 (Chair)
  • NHS England Commissioning Working Group published 'Guide for Commissioning Dental Specialties – Supporting Specialties (Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral Microbiology)' in press (Chair)
  • Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) published, 'Conscious Sedation in Dentistry - Dental Clinical Guidance' 2017 (Member)
  • NHS England Commissioning Working Group published, 'Commissioning Dental Services - Conscious Sedation in a Primary Care Setting' 2017 (Chair)

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