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Professor Cook qualified BDS Hons from the University of London, Guy’s Hospital in 1989, working for three years as House Surgeon / SHO posts, graduating FDS (Gold Medal) from RCS England in 1993 before taking up his first Lecturer post within the Guy’s Dental School.

He then transferred to University of Birmingham to complete his medical degree and after two years of junior medical jobs, completed his MRCS Edinburgh. He returned to the Guy’s Campus of King’s College London to undertake a PhD as an MRC Clinician Scientist, and continued his Oral Medicine training to consultant level, with an NIHR Clinical training Fellowship.

Richard’s FDS(OM)RCSEd was awarded in in 2008 and he took up his consultant appointment at Guy’s in 2009, when he also completed his PGCAP, and was awarded FHEA as a consequence.

Richard Cook is now Professor/Hon Consultant and Academic Lead for Oral Medicine at the Guy’s campus of King's Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences.  His research interests encompass optics, opto-diagnostics and applications of non-invasive and non-threatening imaging, to human diagnosis and disease / treatment monitoring, with direct applications to pre-malignant / malignant disease.