Congratulations Daljit Dhariwal on being elected as President for the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
On behalf of AO, we would like to congratulate Daljit Dhariwal on being elected as President for the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for 2023/2024.
Daljit graduated in Dentistry and Medicine in Cardiff and after training in South Wales, completed a fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery in Birmingham, UK. She was appointed as a Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Oxford University Hospitals Foundations Trust in 2006. Her subspecialty interests are Orthognathic Surgery, Minimal access salivary gland procedures and complex facial trauma in both adults and children.
Daljit has numerous awards for teaching, training and innovation in surgery and is a previous recipient of the BAOMS Presidents prize 2008, the BAOMS Surgery prize 2010, RCS Lady Estelle Wolfson Fellowship 2016 and BAOMS Trainers Trainer of the year 2019. She served as BAOMS trainee representative and was later elected to BAOMS Council (2009-2012) and served 5 years as an elected member of the specialty advisory committee (SAC) and very active in her liaison member role supporting trainees. She was joint National clinical lead for e-Face, developing the curriculum for an online NHS education platform. Subsequently she was the BAOMS representative on the JCIE OMFS Exam board.
In 2022 she completed a 5 year term as regional training programme director for Health Education Thames Valley for OMFS receiving plaudits for a trainee centred approach and exemplary practice in educational governance. She has been an examiner for the Joint Intercollegiate exit examinations (JCIE) in OMFS for 10 years and currently examines for Oxford University Medical School. She has been invited to join the JCIE as an assessor for quality assurance. She is well known nationally and internationally in AO as CMF faculty and has numerous publications to her name including an orthognathic book chapter in the Oxford handbook.
She is a proud single mum to 9 year old twins and has promised to serve as President of BAOMS with a strong emphasis on an inclusive, accountable and patient centred approach for her term in office.
Daljit is a great friend to both me and to all colleagues and trainees. She is inspirational as a Surgeon to all but especially female and trainees of colour and we are privileged to have her as a member of the AO