Dr Hanya Mahmood

BDS (Birm), MFDS RCS, PGDip Con Sed, PGCert MedEd, FHEA, MRes

School of Clinical Dentistry

NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow & Honorary Registrar in Oral Surgery

Hanya Mahmood
+44 114 215 9370

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Dr Hanya Mahmood
School of Clinical Dentistry
19 Claremont Crescent
S10 2TA

Dr Mahmood graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2012. Following this, she completed Dental Foundation Training in the East Midlands and multiple Dental Core Training posts in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Medicine/Pathology and Radiology in Yorkshire and the West Midlands. During this time, she obtained Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh), Postgraduate Diploma in Conscious Sedation, Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. She was appointed as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow and Specialist Registrar in Oral Surgery at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital in 2018, during which she completed a Masters in Clinical Research. She was awarded a Sheffield Hospitals Charity grant in 2019, and a prestigious NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2020 to support a three-year PhD study to progress her research in improving oral pre-cancer diagnosis using Artificial Intelligence.

As a clinical-academic and budding Oral Surgeon, she has a keen interest in undergraduate/postgraduate teaching and translational research. She is currently undertaking a PhD which focuses on the early detection of oral cancer using Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning.

Research interests

Dr Mahmood’s current research focusses on Artificial Intelligence based assessment of Oral Epithelial Dysplasia to aid early detection of oral cancer (supervisors Dr Syed Ali Khurram, University of Sheffield and Professor Rajpoot, University of Warwick). She was awarded the Sheffield Hospitals Charity grant in 2018 and novel preliminary findings were presented at the European Congress of Digital Pathology (2019). 

Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is amongst the top ten leading cancers worldwide, with an increasing global incidence and worsening prognosis. Oral Epithelial Dysplasia (OED) is the precursor to OSCC with 30-80% of lesions progressing to malignancy. With early detection up to 70% of OED lesions can be prevented, however the lack of an objective method for evaluating OED remains a critical barrier to early OSCC detection. This highlights an urgent need for new methods and technologies to improve consistency and accuracy of OED diagnosis and to provide patients and clinicians with more objective information about the risk of OSCC development.

Previous research includes:

  • Investigating the potential of statins to prevent and treat osteonecrosis of the jaw (University of Sheffield, 2016-18)
  • Correlation between orthopantomogram and CT-scan findings for inferior dental nerve relationship with mandibular third molars (Birmingham Dental Hospital, 2014-2015)
  • Paracetamol overdose secondary to dental pain (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, 2012-2014).

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

Teaching activities

Dr Mahmood has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (University of Sheffield) and obtained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. She is regularly involved in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has been involved in delivering the RCS MFDS exam revision course since 2017, which has involved developing and leading international Oral Surgery webinars for students in Burma and Kuala Lumpur.

Professional activities
  • ABAOMS Trainee Representative (2018 – present)
  • Dental Representative for Junior Doctor Forum (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, 2019 - present)
  • BAOS Yorkshire Regional Representative (2018-2019)
  • Member of learned societies: BAOS, ABAOMS and Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Reviewer for Oral Surgery Journal and British Dental Journal
  • Academic Trainee Representative for OS curriculum review working group (2020-current) 
  • Regional Trainee Representative for Specialist Training Committee (2020-2021) 
  • Member of BMedSci Working Group (2019-current)

Dr Mahmood is undertaking integrated clinical academic training in Oral Surgery. She routinely undertakes outpatient clinics and provides oral surgical treatment under local anaesthetic, conscious sedation and general anaesthetic. She is involved in supervision and teaching of undergraduates and dental core trainees.