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Dr Vaseekaran Sivarajasingam BDS, BMSc, PhD, FDSRCS (Eng), FDSRCS (Oral Surgery), FHEA

Dr Vaseekaran Sivarajasingam

BDS, BMSc, PhD, FDSRCS (Eng), FDSRCS (Oral Surgery), FHEA


School of Dentistry

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Dr Sivarajasingam is a reader in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Cardiff University and honorary consultant in the Cardiff and Vale UHB. His PhD studies included evaluations of public space CCTV and the measurement of injury from violence using ED records. This work demonstrated the reliability and validity of hospital data for this purpose. Stemming from this, he has studied violence using panel data relating to socioeconomic, injury and alcohol variables. He is the founder (200) and, since then, Director of the National Violence Surveillance Network (NVSN) of 117 EDs in England and Wales which has provided annual reports on trends in violence-related harm since 2000. This work has been published in leading criminology, public health and economics journals. He is a member of the interdisciplinary Cardiff University Violence and Society Research Group which comprises economists from the Cardiff Business School, criminologists from the School of Social Sciences and epidemiologists from the Cardiff Medical School.

Career Profile

Present appointments

2006                                 Senior Lecturer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Cardiff University

Honorary Consultant, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust

Previous appointments

1995                                  House Officer, Tayside NHS Trust

1995/1996                 Resident Senior House Officer, Newcastle General Hospital

1996/1997                 Resident Senior House Officer, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol

1997 $acirc;   2001           Clinical Lecturer/ Honorary Senior House Officer, Cardiff University/Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust

2001 - 2006             Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Specialist Registrar, Cardiff University/Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust

Memberships / External Activities

  • British Association for Dental Research
  • International Association for Dental Research
  • Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Higher Education Academy

Teaching Profile

  • Chair of the $acirc;  Teachers in Oral Diseases$acirc;
  • Organiser of Introduction to Oral Surgery Symposium
  • Development of the Oral surgery undergraduate programme
  • Development of competencies in Oral Surgery
  • Development and implementation of student portfolios

Awards / Prizes

  • Damian Mechan academic prize
  • Undergraduate Colgate Prize (National BSDR Award)
  • John James Prize


















As a clinical academic, he provides teaching to BDS students and junior dental staff by giving lectures/seminars during surgical sessions, out patient clinics, operating theatre sessions and during on-call duties. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. As Chair of Oral Disease Teachers Group (since 2004), he has overall responsibility for the Oral Disease Course of diverse disciplines including Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Radiology, Exam and Emergency and Oral Microbiology. As topic lead (2003-14) for Oral Surgery he is in charge of Oral Surgery teaching for clinical dental students. He organises and delivers the Introduction to Oral Surgery Symposium (year 3 BDS; since 2004) and has led the development of 'pig's head surgical course' for year 4 BDS students (2013). With other Oral Surgery staff he developed and implemented competency in extractions now a core assessment in the BDS course. He is responsible for developing intermediate and final BDS questions, ensuring written papers are constructed, blueprinted to the curriculum and standard set and examiner for intermediate and final BDS (since 2005). He also examines for Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDF, since 2011) and Tri-collegiate Speciality Membership (MOral Surg, since 2012).

He is a member of the Violence and Society Research Group (VRG) and contributed to VRG being identified as 'world leading' in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, winning the 'Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education' for contributions to Medicine, Health and Welfare (2009) and being nominated for the prestigious Times Higher Education award (2012). He has developed collaborations with external partners, including 117 Emergency Departments (EDs) in England and Wales, all four police forces in Wales, Office for National Statistics, Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) and the Home Office. The development and expansion of the group has been facilitated by the close links which he formed with Cardiff Business School, School of Social Science and the Department of Primary Care and Public Health to study community violence using injury data. This interdisciplinary collaboration between academics and clinicians, which has been formalised within VRG, has been an important driver in translating his research findings into policy, potentially for better patient care and community benefit. For e.g. modelling violence-related injury has identified risk/protective factors amenable for interventions, e.g. alcohol price, which is driving government policy on alcohol pricing. He is an advisor for the 'Welsh Government Panel on Substance Abuse' and his research on alcohol price and violence informed the Welsh Public Health White Paper (2014) 'Listening to you – Your health matters'.

Areas of expertise