The Fill In
Meet the Staff Dr. Rahul Naidu With hair that seems to effortlessly fall in place and a warm smile foregoing a flawless English accent, Dr. Rahul Naidu, a composed, soft-spoken gentleman, is a stranger to none in dental school. Dr. Naidu is a senior lecturer and head of the Unit of Child Dental Health, whose passion for teaching Dental Public Health and Preventive Dentistry to undergraduates has spanned 14 years, and still continues. He holds the attention of every student in the palm of his hands with his clever jokes and masterfully hand-drawn diagrams. He is also involved in clinical supervision of dental undergraduates and interns in the Paediatric Clinic, where he is often one of the last to leave. The organization of community outreach programmes and clinical and community-based research are also neatly tucked beneath his belt. Outside of UWI dental school, Dr. Naidu is also an Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs (Faculty of Medical Sciences) and a Regional Dental Advisor Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. As if, for some strange reason, one may think that this plethora of knowledge is not put to good enough use, he has written over 30 published papers, abstracts and letters, and has given numerous presentations. Professional life aside, Dr. Naidu‟s diversity and „spreadability‟ also spill over into his personal life. He is not unfamiliar to travelling and adapting to his surroundings- he was born in India, and grew up in England where he completed all of his schoolings. His move to this country over 14 years ago triggers the question in many minds: “Why Trinidad?” Could it be the influence and magnetism of co-worker, wife, and mother of his children, Dr. Rafeek? Few persons may have known Dr. Rafeek as his „other half‟ since a professional relationship is always displayed while at work. Interestingly, she had caught his eye while they were both pursuing their BDS at the Guy‟s Hospital Dental School, University of London, and they have now been married for over 17 years. Upon graduation in 1989, and later marriage, Dr. Naidu completed his first post-graduate diploma in Dental public health at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, his post-graduate degree was the Dental Public health MSc., with Distinction at the GKT Dental Institute at the King‟s college, University of London, both in 1998. In 2006, Dr. Naidu became a member of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Apart from his wife, Dr. Naidu‟s for a change from the busy city life of London, fuelled by his infatuation with the Trini lifestyle, has brought a remarkable bloke to our doorstep to be featured in “25 Questions with Dr. Naidu”.