Interview with Dental Expert Witness

An interview with our Expert Witness Kehinde Gbolade

Join us as we interview a panel member, Dental Expert Witness, Ms Kehinde Gbolade.

Ms Kehinde Gbolade has been a dentist for over 20 years. Ms Gbolade can provide expert dental reports for matters arising from the following: dental patients complaints, dental clinical team (employees and contractors) complaints, breach of duty and causation, general and cosmetic dental procedures, UDAs, dental records software, and dental practice management systems.

Ms Gbolade is an experienced practicing dentist who can provide expert dental evidence in civil and criminal proceedings. She has an interest in electronic health records as well as preventative, restorative, and aesthetic dentistry.

Thank you for speaking to us. Could you please tell us a little about your dental background? 

I am a general dentist so that means I do a bit of everything from check-ups to minor oral surgery. I have been a general dentist for almost 20 years and have worked in general dental practices, hospitals and community dental services clinics. 

What made you choose to work in dentistry? 

I love science, art and technology, dentistry combined all three, so fit the bill perfectly for me as a career choice. Teeth are fascinating! But it’s not only teeth dentists look at, we look at the whole mouth including the areas around the mouth and jaw. Dental and oral health has a significant impact on our overall health and vice versa. Dentists are also very skilled surgeons, our manual dexterity is second to none. I can’t think of many jobs where you operate on a person, in a small space with tools rotating at high speeds while the patient is awake, moving and sometimes trying to talk to you at the same time! 

I note that you have a MFDS RCS (Eng) diploma, can you tell us a little about this? 

Yes, MFDS RCS (Eng) stands for Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at The Royal College of Surgeons of England. It’s a postgraduate diploma awarded after passing the diploma examinations. The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England states that ‘the aim of the MFDS examination is to assess knowledge, application of knowledge and graduates’ understanding of the structures and processes required to provide quality-assured dental healthcare after completion of the Dental Foundation Training programme, whether they are pursuing a career in general or specialist practice, in either primary or secondary care.’ The Royal College of Surgeons of England has excellent resources and facilities, their guidelines and standards are my professional practice staples. 

Why would an expert witness report in dentistry be needed? 

In life generally, things can and do go awry and sometimes resolution through legal means is needed. The same is true for dentistry. Legal teams and courts don’t have the nuanced and specialised expertise of dentists about dentistry so instructing dental expert witnesses can provide them with objective, independent opinions to help decide the outcome of cases involving dentistry. 

What attracted you to writing expert witness reports? 

And how did you obtain the qualification/accreditation to do so? I was fortunate enough to meet and observe a couple of expert witnesses, one of whom was highly commended by a judge. I saw and observed what was expected of an expert witness and the type of excellent behaviour, knowledge and professionalism that helped a court and impressed a judge. It made me think I could also put my years and extensive experience in the dental sector to good use in the dento-legal field too. I researched and decided to take the Cardiff University Bond Solon Expert Witness programme and soon thereafter became a university certificated expert witness. 

What would you say to dental professionals looking to undertake expert witness work? 

Do it! However, be sure to get expert witness specific training first so you know exactly what is expected of you in your role as a dental expert witness.

Dr Kehinde Gbolade

Ms Gbolade is an experienced practicing dentist who can provide expert dental evidence in civil and criminal proceedings. She has an interest in electronic health records as well as preventative, restorative and aesthetic dentistry.

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