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Dr. Heiko Spallek Appointed Acting Dean of Dentistry at the University of Sydney

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Heiko Spallek, Ph.D., D.M.D., M.B.A., was appointed Acting Dean at the University of Sydney School of Dentistry. He will serve in this position for the 12 months while Chris Peck, B.D.S., M.Sc.Dent., Ph.D., GradDipSciMed (Pain Management), FICD, concentrates on his leadership role in the University’s activities at the Westmead precinct.

Since early 2016, Dr. Spallek has served as Pro-Dean, where his key responsibilities have included the consolidation of the faculty’s operations and developing a strategic plan.

“During the last year, I have worked closely with academic and professional staff, students and external stakeholders on our strategic plan. The now-completed plan will serve as the guide for what must be accomplished over the next 12 months and beyond,” says Dr. Spallek. “Taking over stewardship from Dr. Peck is an immense honor, both personally and professionally. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to benefit from his vast experience and leadership, and in particular his mentoring and support.”

Dr. Spallek has worked closely with the Dean and faculty leadership team as well as NSW Health and Local Health Districts, and his appointment will ensure the continuity in the Faculty’s operations.

As Acting Dean, I aspire to continue to lead dentistry through the formidable challenges ahead, preparing our students for a rapidly changing health care environment, contributing to research that is increasingly driven by technological advances and providing service to our community,” he says. “The digital revolution has already altered our lives in so many ways, now it is rapidly entering health care, including the dental profession.”

Published on June 13, 2018

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