School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Justin Durham

Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant Oral Surgeon and NIHR Clinician Scientist



Oral Surgeon


  • BDS (NCL) 2000 
  • MFDS RCS (Ed) 2003
  • Postgraduate certificate in Academic Practice with Distinction 2005
  • FHEA 2005
  • PhD 2008
  • Diplomate of American Board of Orofacial Pain 2011
  • FDS (OS) RCS (Edin) 


  • International Association of Dental Research
  • Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • British Pain Society
  • European Academy of Craniomandibular Disorders elected member

Honours and Awards

See research

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Member of British Pain Society's working group on Undergraduate Health Professional Pain Curriculum 
  • Chair of SAC working group for competencies for oral surgery trainees – 2010 onwards
  • Coordinating committee for clinical studies – 2010 onwards
  • Internal subject review panel member – assessment sub-group 2009-2010
  • Secretary of the UK specialist interest group in Orofacial pain and Temporomandibular Disorders 2009 onwards
  • Clinical introductory course lead 2009-2014
  • Co-organiser of the annual conference of the Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 2008
  • Medical faculty mentor 2008 onwards
  • Lecturer’s representative on Dental Directorate 2008 onwards
  • Member of internal subject review working group 2008-2010
  • School Executive committee – Lecturers’ representative 2004-2008
  • Chair of working party for Undergraduate Education (Academic British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery) 2007 onwards
  • Electives Director 2007-2009
  • Member of working party for Undergraduate Education (Academic British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery) 2005-2007
  • Finals examination committee and standard setting for all OMFSci finals questions – 2007 onwards
  • Stage 345 committee – 2007 - 2009
  • Staff development conference – Organizer 2007
  • BSDR 2007 organizing committee – Social Secretary
  • Clinical Studies Teaching and Learning Committee (School of Dental Sciences) – 2006 - 2010
  • Staff President Dental Students’ Society 2005-2006
  • Admission Panel - UCAS interviewer for School of Dental Sciences
  • E-portfolio development group



Research Interests 

Temporomandibular Disorders (TMDs) and chronic orofacial pain

Quality of life

Professional and Patients' experiences or perceptions of care

Competency assessment in Clinical Skills

Current Work 

DEEP Study


Temporomandibular Disorders: 

- Professional behaviour change

Atypical Odontalgia (Persistant Dentoalveolar Pain [PDAP]): 

- Patient perspectives 

- Psychosocial impacts 

- Development of screening instrument 


Topical neuromodulation and orofacial pain 

Periodontal disease and quality of life 

Research Roles and Postgraduate Supervision: 

Previous supervisor of seven successful MSc theses, one succesful MPhil thesis and two successful PhD theses:  

  • MSc on Qualitative exploration of impact of periodontal disease on patients' daily lives 
  • MSc on Validating short form of Research Diagnostic Criteria for TMD 
  • MSc on Factors affecting provision of orthodontic treatment by Primary care 
  • MSc on Investigation of QOL in patients with periodontal disease 
  • MSc on Defining normality in orthodontics: the patients’ perception
  • MSc on Patient based outcome measure in TMD
  • MSc on Does the method of delivery of OHIP-49 affect the outcome score?
  • MPhil on Process of choice in Prosthodontic care in UK and Germany 
  • PhD on Outcomes and impacts of blow-out fractures of the orbit (2nd supervisor)
  • PhD on Evidence-based management and clinical decision-making in TMJ Disc Displacement without reduction (Primary supervisor)
Currently part of supervisory team for two other PhD theses.

Esteem Indicators 

International Prizes:

2010 - Educational Research Group Faculty Award. IADR, Barcelona, Spain.

Awarded by International Association of Dental Research  Educational Research Group

2008  Outstanding Post-doctoral abstract award. IADR, Toronto, Canada.

Awarded by International Association of Dental Research  Behavioral, Epidemiology and Health Services Research Group

Local awards:

2009 - Inaugural Vice-Chancellor's award for excellence in teaching and learning

Awarded by Newcastle University

Personal fellowships:

I was delighted in 2010 to be awarded the prestigious Lasby Fellowship from the University of Minnesota. This was awarded to allow me to perform collaborative research on Atypical Odontalgia (Persistent Dentoalveolar Pain disorder [PDAP]). The work aims to develop a screening instrument for this difficult to diagnose and rare condition using a well described cohort of patients at the University's orofacial pain clinic.

Invited contributions to books:

  • the oral cavity anatomy chapter of the 40th edition of Grays anatomy 
  • the oral and maxillofacial surgery definitions of Hartys Dental Dictionary 
  • module on pain pathways for the e-den project 
  • the chapter on Temporomandibular disorders and chronic orofacial pain in Principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 
  • the chapter on preparing the mouth for prostheses in Principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 
  • the chapter on acute manifestations of non-odontogenic pain in The Dental Emergency clinic 
  • the chapter on Temporomandibular disorders in the BDJ Book on Oral surgery 
  • the chapter on Oral and Maxillofacial Trauma in the BDJ Book on Oral surgery 
  • the chapter on Antral Surgery in the BDJ Book on Oral surgery 


  • NIHR Clinician Scientist
  • Joint Research Executive Scientific Committee of Royal Victoria Infirmary Trust 
  • Higher Education Academy UK 
  • Newcastle University Teaching and Learning Committee (Research innovations) 
  • Forschungsverbund Community Medicine University of Greifswald 
  • Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee, Newcastle University 
  • Lasby Fellowship, University of Minnesota 
  • American Academy of Orofacial Pain 



Undergraduate Teaching

The areas of the dental undergraduate course that I provide, or have provided, teaching input to, are:

Stage 1
- Head and Neck Anatomy course – previously demonstrating and lecturing
- Introduction to Dentistry course – practical teaching in suturing demonstration

Stage 3
- Course lead for Clinical Introductory Course 2009-2014
- Oral surgery block clinical allocation
- Dentistry, the Dentist and Public Health lecture series
- Stage 3 OSCE examiner
- Stage 3 In-course examiner
- Stage 3 Human diseases examiner

Stage 4
- Stage 4 TMDs and Differential Diagnosis of Orofacial Pain lecture series
- Stage 4 Oral diseases lecture series
- Stage 4 Human diseases OSCE examiner
- Stage 4 Human diseases In-course examiner
- Oral surgery block clinical allocation - Minor oral surgery teaching

Stage 5
- Oral diseases lecture series
- Finals examiner
- Pre-finals seminar program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

I am also the clinical teaching lead for the Undergraduate clinical course in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Postgraduate Teaching

- Course tutor on Newcastle University’s postgraduate diploma in clinical implant dentistry
- MFDS examiner for RCS (Edin)