David graduated from University of Glasgow BDS in 1996. Following brief periods in general dental practice, hospital dentistry in Bristol and Edinburgh, and SHO posts in oral and maxillofacial surgery at St John’s in Livingston, he attained FDS RCS (England) in 1999.
He returned to Glasgow in 2000 for a clinical lectureship in dental public health combined with a specialist registrar training post based in NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Argyll and Clyde Health Boards. He completed the MPH at University of Glasgow in 2002 and attained the certificate of completion of specialist training in dental public health in 2005 (FDS DPH RCS, and FFPH). He was awarded a PhD in 2008 for research on the epidemiology of oral cancer from a socioeconomic perspective.
In 2008 David took up the position of Senior Clinical Lecturer in Dental Public Health at the University of Glasgow. Since 2005 David has held the position of Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health with NHS National Services Scotland Information Services Division where he is the dental clinical lead and research strategy lead.
David's main research interests are in socioeconomic inequalities in heath and oral health, cancer epidemiology, health improvement evaluation (including development and evaluation of Childsmile), record-linkage of administrative databases and systematic reviews / meta-analyses.
David is the lead of the head and neck cancer epidemiology research theme and has over 40 peer-reviewed publications on the topic. The main focus of this research is in relation to socioeconomic inequalities and oral HPV. The research spans the head and neck cancer continuum from investigating burden and risk, to screening and prevention, and to clinical outcomes and survival.