Finbarr Allen is currently Dean, NUS Faculty of Dentistry and Chair of the University Dental Cluster, National University Hospital. He is a Professor in the discipline of Operative Dentistry, Endodontics and Prosthodontics, and a Senior Consultant in the National University Hospital, Singapore. His clinical interests are Prosthodontics, implantology, craniofacial rehabilitation and restorative treatment of the elderly patient.
He graduated from the National University of Ireland, Cork, with a BDS degree in 1988. He worked in general dental practice for four years in Oxfordshire, UK, until 1992. He then completed a Masters degree in Prosthodontics & Restorative Dentistry at the University of Manchester, UK. From 1993-1995, he worked in hospital posts in Leeds Dental Institute, and was awarded his Fellowship in Dental Surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 1995. He completed specialist training in Restorative Dentistry and a PhD at Newcastle University/Newcastle Dental Hospital in the UK. He received his certificate of completion of specialist training in Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry by the General Dental Council in 2000, and was awarded the intercollegiate specialty fellowship in the same year. From 2001-2008, he was Senior Lecturer/Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Cork Dental School and Hospital, and became Professor of Prosthodontics and Oral Rehabilitation at University College Cork in 2008. He was appointed Dean of Dentistry/Head of School and Hospital in 2006 and served in this post for seven years until 2013. He has also held visiting appointments at the University of Toronto, Hong Kong University and Otago University, New Zealand.
To date, he has published over 170 peer reviewed scientific papers and research abstracts in the scientific dental literature and is the author of 2 textbooks and nine book chapters. He received a Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Association for Dental Research in 2011 for achievement in the area of geriatric oral health research.