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Periodontist, Researcher and Academic Teacher
Nikos Mattheos (Nikolaos) is a periodontist, researcher, academic teacher and digital entrepreneur. He is currently Visiting Professor at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand and affiliated with the Faculty of Dental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He is a specialist in Periodontology accredited by Swedish Socialstyrelsen and European Federation of Periodontology. He is also considered a world-class expert in online learning and has designed and conducted online and face-to-face courses in Implant Dentistry in many parts of the world. He maintains private practice focused in oral rehabilitation and implant dentistry in Hong Kong.
His research has been disseminated through more than 130 publications in international peer reviewed journals and several abstracts and keynote lectures in major international congresses. He has an h-index of 38 (Google Scholar) or 29 (Scopus) and more than 4836 citations. He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Prosthodontics, editor in-chief of the ITI Academy, former associate editor of the European Journal of Dental Education, member of the Editorial Board of the Clinical Oral Implants Research and European Journal of Oral Implantology. He is peer reviewer for all major scientific journals within Periodontology, Implant Dentistry and Medical/ Dental Education.
His main research areas involve: a) Clinical research (clinical outcomes of implant therapy) and Computer Assisted Implant Surgery b) e-learning and application in Information & Communication Technology in Teaching and Learning c) Behavioural research and Patients Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMS) d) Biological research (Peri-implant tissue in health and disease and guided bone regeneration, Implant Supracrestal Complex) e) Implant Design and Technical research (geometry and micromorphology of implant abutment connection, tissue interface and implant surface modification). He has designed, conducted and supervised in-vitro, animal and clinical studies. He has received several competitive research grants from government (RHU/ Sweden, ALTC/Australila, GRF, TDG/Hong Kong) and scientific bodies (ITI), as well as industry (Straumann, Dentsply, P&G). He is recipient of research awards among which is twice the IADR research award (2003, 2013 ) and the Andre Schroeder Prize in Implant Dentistry Clinical Research in 2015 and 2021. He is a member of several international scientific associations.
Dr. Mattheos designed, directed, delivered and assessed postgraduate curricula in Implant Dentistry for different degrees, from short CPD courses, blended learning degree programmes (M Clin Dent Impl, Australia) to full time three-year intensive residencies (MDS Impl Dent, Hong Kong). His leadership has been instrumental in the development of global guidelines for the teaching and assessment of Implant Dentistry, having organised 3 Consensus Workshops in the teaching and Learning of Implant Dentistry (2 European in 2008 and 2013 and one Australian 2010), while he has contributed to several other international consortia for the improvement of teaching and learning.
While in the University of Hong Kong (2012-2020) he served as the postgraduate Programme Director and clinic Manager of Implant Dentistry, which included a 3-year full-time residency programme (MDS) and a 2 year part time degree (MSc). His teaching extended to a variety of formats and media, from seminars, clinical supervision, problem-based learning, clinical and research mentoring, live surgery sessions, case-based learning, on-line modules, sim-lab preclinical training and more. His responsibilities as curriculum designer and manager have included curriculum and assessment design, at all levels and he has served as Associate Dean for Taught Postgraduate Education (2015-2017) and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate education (2013-14).
During his tenure at Griffith University in Australia, he designed advanced curricula for undergraduate and post graduate education in Implant Dentistry through a competitive federal government 2-year grant. He then went on to launch and direct Australia’s first Master of Science programme in Implant Dentistry (2009-2012).
He has a profound interest in online learning, having designed and evaluated his first online course already in 1998 in collaboration with Malmo Univeristy. In 2016 he launched and directed the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Implant Dentistry, after a grant from the University of Hong Kong. The MOOC has achieved exceptionally high engagement by all metrics, as documented by research published in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, the course achieved an extraordinarily high percentage of certificate acquisition. The MOOC has as of today enrolled more than 50,000 students and received a Honorable Mention in the 2017 Greater China MOOC awards among more than 100 contestants in the category of Course Design and Quality. He has since then designed and delivered many online courses for continous professional development in Dentistry.
He has received major teaching and learning developments grants in Sweden (NSHU 2007), Australia (ALTC 2013) and two Teaching Development Grants for the design of a reflective learning platform for the teaching of Implant Dentistry (2014) and a 3D-printed and VR simulation for teaching the removal of wisdom teeth (2018) in Hong Kong. As Associate Editor for the European Journal of Dental Education, he has been widely acknowledged for promoting the scholarship of teaching and learning with focus of expertise in the areas of on-line education, curriculum development and assessment. He is a member of the Educational Committee of the International Team for Implantology, a scientific and professional body that oversees the education and development of more than 19,000 members worldwide.
Having started in the University of Athens, he went on to attain a Masters degree in Health Informatics at the University of Malmö, Sweden, where he continued with PhD and completed specialist training in Periodontology. He then completed a 3 year-residency in Periodontology, Fixed Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry in the University of Bern, Switzerland under Professor N.P. Lang. He has held professoriate positions in Sweden, Australia, Hong Kong and Thailand. He has designed and directed postgraduate MSc, D Clin Dent and MDS programmes, as well as hospital clinics in Implant Dentistry. Other past academic appointments include Associate Dean for Postgraduate education and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education in the University of Hong Kong.
1996 DDS (Athens) 2002 Lic Odont (Malmö) 2004 Dr. Odont (Malmö) 2008 MASc (Bern)
Academic honours, awards and prizes
International Association of Dental Research researcher’s award in 2003 and 2013 and the Andre Schroeder Award in 2014 and 2021.
Multiple Teaching awards, including Vice Chancellors commendation (Australia, Griffith University), Honorable Mention (2017 Greater China MOOC awards).