David Mitchell is qualified in dentistry and medicine, and from 1981 to 1998 he trained in dental, general, and oral & maxillofacial surgery. From 1998, he worked as Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, building a District General Hospital department and regional specialist practice in maxillofacial oncology and reconstruction. Achievements include 5 editions of the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Dentistry, over 100 publications, and a decade on the editorial board of the British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. A member of the FDS education committee, he is an 'Advanced Trauma Life Support' and 'Training the Trainers' Instructor and created a well established regional hospital induction course for dentists wishing to work in the general hospital environment. An elected council member of the British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, David is co-chair of an international flap raising and microvascular course and has teaching links in Europe, the US and the Middle East.