James Cook University

SandhamProfessor Andrew Sandham
Head of School, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Professor Andrew Sandham was appointed Head of Dentistry at James Cook University in August 2008.  He has a distinguished career as a dental educator, having held professorial positions at many overseas universities including Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, The National University of Singapore, and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.  He was a clinician and taught at the University of Western Australia when the new Oral Health Centre for Western Australia was commissioned, and his most recent post was Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthodontics, University of Groningen in The Netherlands.

Professor Sandham is an international examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland and previously Regional Dental Adviser for Europe and was recently awarded the Dental Overseas Medal by that College, for significant contributions to the Dental Faculty, the College, and to Dentistry.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine of Singapore, and a Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Dental Surgeons and the Hong Kong Society of Orthodontists.   He was previously project leader of a large clinical quality assurance initiative funded by the European Union commissioners, which had a wide impact on the delivery of quality care within dentistry.  His research interests are in craniofacial growth and development and cleft lip and palate, and he is a member of the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE).