About this event

  • Date and time Sat 16 Sep 2023 from 8:30am to 5:15pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The Royal Society of Medicine's very successful and long-running UMAX conference returns in 2023 for a day of lectures, practical hands-on workshops and real world career development seminars. Attendees will hear from leading OMFS Consultants and other subject matter experts leaving the event with a deeper understanding of the speciality. 

The conference showcases Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as a speciality and as a postgraduate career choice. The day brings together aspiring surgeons, trainees and senior consultants for interactive lectures, hands-on workshops, career planning seminars and networking. 

You are welcome to join us for a delicious, 2-course hot lunch. This lunch is available to all attendees and includes a vegetarian option in addition to networking opportunities. 

Benefits of attending

  • Understand the training pathways in OMFS and how to successfully navigate them
  • Appreciate the broad scope of the speciality and how it integrates with other medical, dental, and surgical specialties
  • Find out how to describe the presentation and initial management of some common OMFS conditions
  • Develop basic surgical skills with small group, consultant-led, training

The morning will consist of interactive lectures focusing on key areas such as craniofacial traumatology, head and neck reconstructive surgery, and cleft lip and palate. The afternoon will provide a series of workshops covering topics such as suturing and the principles of fixation and plating. During the meeting the UMAX poster competition prizes will also be presented, see the prize details below to apply. 

This conference will introduce students as well as junior doctors and dentists to some of the core topics in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 


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We would like to thank our sponsors NSK United Kingdom Ltd, Planmeca UK and The Dental Defence Union (DDU) for their support of this meeting.
Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.

Key speakers

Professor Simon Holmes

Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Royal London Hospital

Speaker's biography

Professor Simon Holmes was appointed to the Royal London Hospital in 2003 as the first UK Consultant to a post specialising totally in the management of craniomaxillofacial trauma. His role was to lead and develop a Craniofacial Trauma Team. In the past ten years, Professor Holmes has developed research, training, and service work at the trust, nationally, and internationally. He has introduced several new surgical techniques and digital treatment planning technologies and overseen the integrated approach to facial trauma which has proven both innovative and successful. He has lectured widely nationally and internationally, and has written three major textbooks on craniofacial trauma. He has published in major anatomical textbooks including Gray’s anatomy. He has published widely in the Maxillofacial literature, and is on the editorial review board for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orbit, Injury, and the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is an Assistant Editor for British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has presented invitational keynote lectures on four continents. His research interests are around assessment of severity of injury with development of assessment of outcome tools. He has developed an iPhone App as a craniofacial skeletal fracture severity score calculator. He is also interested in complex anterior skull base injuries, functional and anatomical orbital reconstruction, and has published definitive papers on these subjects. He is also interested in forensic analysis of facial injuries, as well as developing embedding of facial trauma services in international first aid collaborations. He was appointed to the Chair of Craniofacial Traumatology in 2015. He has developed and chairs a distance learning MSc course in craniofacial trauma at Queen Mary University of London. Politically he is active within his specialty - he was previously the nominated Facial Trauma Lead for British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and a Member of AO UK Craniofacial.

Ms Clare Schilling

Ms Clare Schilling

Head and Neck Surgeon, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Speaker's biography

Ms Clare Schilling is a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at University College Hospital London and Honorary Associate Professor of the Head and Neck Academic Centre (HNAC) in the division of surgical and interventional sciences at University College London. She completed OMFS specialist training including a Head and Neck fellowship the UK as well as a clinical research PhD in novel imaging techniques for detection of metastasis in head and neck cancer. She holds over £1 million in research funding as Chief Investigator of NIHR funded multicentre trial, “LOOC”, for lymphatic mapping of oropharyngeal cancers. She is co-director of Headstart, the Royal College of Surgeons accredited national training program for sentinel node biopsy in oral cancer. Her research and clinical interests include fluorescence guided surgery, augmented reality surgery and quality outcome measures.

Miss Zarina Shaikh

Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Miss Zarina Shaikh is a 'generalist' maxillofacial surgery surgeon with a specialist interest in skin cancer surgery. She was Co-Founder of the UK Society of Women in Maxillofacial surgery, an international mentor allied to The University of Stanford and also an active campaigner for equity in the NHS. Outside of work, Miss Shaikh is a keen musician, artist and writer.

Ambika Chadha

Miss Ambika Chadha

Training Interface Group Cleft Fellow, Cambridge University Hospitals

Speaker's biography

Miss Ambika Chadha is a specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery who is the nominated 2022 Training Interface Group (TIG) Fellow in Cleft Lip and Palate. Ambika is based in Addenbrookes Hospital in the Cleft.Net.East cleft service. She is passionate about inspiring the next generation of trainees to super-specialise in Cleft Lip and Palate and about engaging in research. As a busy mother to three daughters, she strongly believes in work-life integration and mentorship. Ambika's passion for cleft has always spanned both clinical and research domains. She is currently writing up her PhD in the applications of 3D surface imaging in cleft for which she was awarded simultaneous research fellowships by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and its Faculty of Dental Surgery. Miss Chadha was also awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Travel fellowship to spend several months in the 3D Facial Research Imaging Group based in Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She is especially interested in the use of 3D and 4D imaging to deep phenotype cleft lip and the application of Explainable Artificial Intelligence (X-AI) to enhance cleft care. Ambika believes that Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies are poised to play an important role in disseminating clinical knowledge in cleft globally.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr Ashraf Messiha, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial and Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon, Clinical Lead, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Craniofacial traumatology - a journey

Professor Simon Holmes, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Royal London Hospital

Questions and answers
Head and neck reconstructive surgery - combining academic and clinical training

Ms Clare Schilling, Head and Neck Surgeon, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Questions and answers
Tea and coffee break

Cleft lip and palate

Miss Ambika Chadha, Training Interface Group Cleft Fellow, Cambridge University Hospitals

Questions and answers
Inclusivity and the training pathway

Miss Zarina Shaikh, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Questions and answers

Poster viewing


Career planning
Rotation 1
Rotation 2
Tea and coffee break
Rotation 3

Presentation of poster competition prizes
Close of meeting



Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom


Registration for this event will close at 01:00am on Friday 15 September 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

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