Two Minutes with
Dr. Ziad Al-Ani
University Teacher, Glasgow Dental Hospital and School
Dr. Al-Ani was awarded his MSc in Prosthodontocis from Manchester University in 1999. In 2004 he was awarded his doctorate from the same University; the title of his thesis was “Studies in Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion”. He was appointed by Manchester University as Clinical Teacher in Restorative Dentistry in 2004 as well as a Research coordinator for the TMD clinic.
In 2006, he obtained MFDS FROM THE Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. In recognition of his teaching activities, he was awarded the status of Fellow of Higher Education Academy in 2010.
Dr. Al-Ani was one of the two finalists in the “Teacher of the Year” (2006) as awarded by The Dental Defence Union. The award recognized excellence in dental education. He was again the Nominee for the 2007 and 2008 “Dentist Teacher of the year Award” by the Dental Defence Union.
He was officially appointed as a Director of the IADR Prosthodontics Research Group in 2007. In the IADR meeting in Toronto 2008, he has been nominated again by Prosthodontics Research Group for the same position in 2010.
In 2008 he joined the editorial team of The Journal of Prosthodontics.
He conducted many research projects which led to several presentations at local and international meetings and publications.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE IN THE DENTISTRY FIELD?
I didn’t choose my dentistry, my dentistry chose me!
WHAT ARE THE BEST/WORST ASPECTS OF YOUR JOB?
Best aspect is a smile which shows my work intact in the mouth, the worst part is seeing my work in the patient’s hand!
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
Glasgow, in the beautiful Scotland!
WHAT DO YOU DRIVE?
Vauxhall Mokka (a very English car)
WHAT DRIVES YOU?
My passion is what drives me
YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?
I love seafood
Photography... it is not just a hobby for me …it is my inner peace! I am also a keen cyclist
YOUR FAVORITE FILM?
So far, “The Theory of Everything”
FAVORITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
Oh…a good question … Barcelona is my favorite city
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
The beauty of nature inspires me
WHAT REALLY ANNOYS YOU?
WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?
WHAT MAKES YOU SMILE?
Reading “Smile” Journal
YOUR BEST CHARACTERISTIC?
Having Facebook account!
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS?
Positive, decisive, principled and hard-working
WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
Walking in nature …when I do so, I receive far more than I seek!
IF YOU WEREN’T A DENTIST, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE LIKED TO HAVE BEEN?
A professional cyclist
DO YOU READ AND RECOMMEND SMILE DENTAL JOURNAL REGULARLY?
Yes, I do …such a lovely reader -friendly journal
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR MOTTO IN LIFE?
“If you believe, you can achieve”