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Bister, Dirk - professor of orthodontics, King's College London and consultant in orthodontics


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Dirk Bister


Tel: 020 7188 7188 ext 55350

  • Biography

    Dirk Bister qualified in medicine and dentistry at the Heinrich – Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany. He trained on the combined MSc / MOrth programme in orthodontics at Guy's and St Thomas', United Medical and Dental Schools obtaining his specialist qualification in 1999. This was followed by two further years as a senior registrar. He was appointed consultant in orthodontics in 2003.

    Dirk is clinical (service) lead in orthodontics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust and is honorary professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, King’s College London, the largest dental school in Europe.

    Dirk holds an MA in higher education and he is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was the President of the European Orthodontic Society and ran the congress in Edinburgh, 2018. He is elected honorary secretary to the society (2019).

    Dirk was a member of Dental Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (2013 to 2018) and he examines at national and international level.

  • Education and training

    • Fellow of Faculty of Dental Trainers RCSEd, 2017
    • MA (KCL), 2011

    • FDS (RCSEdin), 2003

    • FDSOrth, 2002

    • Specialist Registration, 1999

    • MOrth (RCSEdin), 1999

    • MSc (University of London), 1999

    • Dr. med. dent. (University of Dűsseldorf, Germany), 1995

    • Staatsexamen Zahnmedizin (Dental qualification - University of Dűsseldorf, Germany), 1994

    • Dr. med. (M.D. – University of Dűsseldorf, Germany), 1992

    • Staatsexamen Humanmedizin (Medical qualification – University of Dűsseldorf, Germany), 1990

  • Professional affiliations

    • Honorary Secretary of the European Orthodontic Society
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    • Member of the British Orthodontic Society

    • Member of the British Dental Association

    • General Dental Council: Registered Specialist in Orthodontics

  • Specialist interests

    • Hypodontia

    • Cortical anchorage for orthodontics (mini-implants)