Dr Ronnie Levine OBE


After graduating in dentistry from Leeds in 1968 I took a PhD in pathology at Birmingham University where my supervisor was Edward Marsland, the Vice Chancellor. On moving to Manchester in 1971 I set up a research laboratory that investigated a broad range of topics from dental caries to neo-natal growth disturbances. Drawn into the field of health education, I was appointed as a scientific adviser to the Health Education Council in 1976 and to its successors, the Health Education Authority and the Health Development Agency and have advised other government departments. Since 1999 my main interest has been childhood obesity and I sat on the committee that established the UK National Child Measuring Programme that records the BMI of every child on school entry and in year six.

In dentistry I am probably best known for my stewardship of the Scientific Basis of Oral Health Education, the 8th International edition is to be published in December 2018, and for my report for the Department of Health into the competence of newly qualified dentists, which led to the introduction of mandatory post-graduate vocational training. My current appointments are in the Department of Oral Surgery and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Paediatrics, both at Leeds University. I was appointed OBE in 1997 for scientific services to the government.


  • Non-clinical teaching of oral surgery, supervision of research projects and as a personal tutor.


  • PhD B'Ham 1971
  • FDSRCS (Eng) 1974
  • BChD Leeds 1968