Professor William Saunders

Emeritus Professor

Dentistry, School of Dentistry

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Emeritus Professor of Endodontology at the University of Dundee

Dean-elect, Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of Surgeons of Edinburgh 

Appointed in January 2000 having previously been in the Royal Air Force (1970-75), general dental practice (1975-81) and a lecturer in Conservative Dentistry at Dundee Dental School(1981-88). Appointed to a senior lectureship in Glasgow Dental School in 1988 and promoted to a Personal Chair in Clinical Dental Practice in 1993. Appointed to the first Chair of Endodontology in the UK in 1995.

Dean of Dentistry 2000-11

Chair Dental Schools Council 2008-11

Chair Speciality Advisory Board in Restorative Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2005-12

Council Member, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh1999-2009, 2011-

Member – RAE Dentistry panel 2001/2008 (elected Vice Chair)

President - Association of Teachers of Conservative Dentistry 2002-04

Chairman - Association of Consultants and Specialists in Restorative Dentistry 1999-2002

I was the first clinical academic in Restorative Dentistry to undertake formal higher (specialist) training in Restorative Dentistry

Extensive experience of teaching undergraduates and postgraduates including continuing education courses for general dental practitioners and specialty trainees.

I had a busy clinical practice, treating patients with restorative dental problems, especially endodontics. I continue some supervision of postgraduate students.

I was the recipient of the inaugural Scottish Dental Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

I am a Scientific Adviser for a major manufacturer of endodontic equipment.


My research interests included endodontology and applied dental materials science.


I have extensive experience of teaching undergraduates, postgraduates and general dental practitioners.