Dr Amar Sholapurkar (BDS, MDS) is the Discipline Lead of Oral Radiology and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Dentistry & Oral Radiology within the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University (JCU), Cairns. QLD, Australia. He has been appointed as "Radiation Safety Officer" and "Possession Licensee" of the JCU dental clinics.

Dr Sholapurkar holds a Masters in Oral Medicine and Radiology from the prestigious Manipal University, India. He has over 16 year teaching (for both undergraduates and postgraduates) and research experience, having started his career at Manipal University as an Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) followed by Reader in the Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology. He also has several years’ experience working in the Middle East, where he undertook teaching and research worked in the University sector.

Of particular note, Dr Sholapurkar’s student teaching evaluation/survey results brings him among top university academic staff members, with comparative mean score of 4.7 (out of 5) consistently in the past 5 years. The exemplary approach to supporting several honour student's learning is evidenced by their publication, conference presentation and cumulative score above 85%. He has made significant contributions in development and shaping of JCU dental Radiology curriculum, and implemented the program as a whole. He has redesigned the BDS Radiology component to implement it in the new 2018 curriculum and teaching structure being vertically integrated from 2nd-5th year BDS course.

Dr Sholapurkar has published more than 50 articles in reputed peer reviewed dental journals; has contributed 11 chapters in book and has extensive conference presentations. He has published (edited) a book titled – “PUBLISH AND FLOURISH – Practical Guide for effective scientific writing”. In addition, he has high level board experience, including appointment as an International Advisor and Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry, as well as a reviewer of five reputable dental journals. He has also contributed radiographic images for a book (in press) to be published by John Wiley & Sons (UK). Furthermore, he has also delivered guest lectures/keynote lectures in dental conventions/international speciality conferences/continuing professional development activities in Australia and abroad.                      

Dr Sholapurkar has been approved by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as the dental practitioner’s educator across Australia to whom AHPHA has imposed restrictions on their registration.

He is actively involved in clinical research focusing on comparing the efficacy of three antibiotics in the treatment of severe periodontal disease. This challenging research idea led him enrol into a part-time PhD (at JCU Cairns campus), published his Literature review and successfully applied for external research grants.

In recent years, Dr Sholapurkar has received approval (from various radiation health departments in VIC, QLD, TAS, WA and NSW) for the Cone Beam Computed tomography licensing course and Extraoral Radiography licensing course. He is also actively involved in conducting a 4 hour DentalRadiology lecture titled “Tips for Interpreting and diagnosing everyday problems from dental radiographs” across Australia. Permission to conduct these lectures (within Australia and NZ) has been obtained from AHPRA.

  • DS1101: Dental Science Part 1 of 2 (Level 1; CNS)
  • DS1102: Dental Science Part 2 of 2 (Level 1; CNS)
  • DS2005: Pathophysiology and Therapeutics for Dentistry (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS2101: Simulated Clinical Dentistry Part 1 of 2 (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS2102: Simulated Clinical Dentistry Part 2 of 2 (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS3101: Introduction to Clinical Dentistry (Level 3; CNS)
  • DS3102: Clinical Dentistry 1 (Level 3; CNS)
  • DS4101: Clinical Dentistry 2 (Level 4; CNS)
  • DS4102: Clinical Dentistry 3 (Level 4; CNS)
  • DS5101: Clinical Practice 1 (Comprehensive Oral Care) (Level 5; CNS)
  • DS5102: Clinical Practice 2 (Comprehensive Oral Care) (Level 5; CNS)
  • DS6501: Dental Implantology Part 1 of 2 (Level 6; CNS)
  • Since Dr Sholapurkar have an overseas dual qualification (Oral Medicine and Radiology), his research interests include from both areas. From Oral Medicine point of view, his special interest is focussed on comparing the effectiveness of various medicaments in bacterial and fungal infections, in regard to which he has published papers and presented in International conferences. His research career is also focused on Prevalence of Oral mucosal disorders. He is also interested in Oral manifestations of elderly Diabetic patients. He is a regular contributor of challenging cases in the general dental literature, and has published numerous papers with the aim of increasing awareness of accurate diagnosis (both clinically and radiographically) of various lesions in the mouth. In regard to the Oral Radiology component, his research career has focused on Radiographic prevalence of anatomic and pathologic entities in the Oral and Maxillofacial regions. His special interests before the advent of higher imaging modalities were, the Maxillary Sinus Findings/pathologies in the Elderly, Condylar Changes and Its Association with Age/Temporomandibular joint disorders, panoramic radiographic study of mental foramen. Interpretation of dental radiographs and applications of advanced diagnostic imaging in dentistry is among his field of expertise.
  • 2021 to present - Senior Lecturer and Discipline lead of Oral Radiology, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2013 to 2020 - Lecturer and Discipline lead of Oral Radiology, James Cook University (Cairns. Australia.)
  • 2011 to 2013 - Assistant Professor, King Khalid University (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
  • 2010 to 2011 - Reader, Manipal University (India.)
  • 2007 to 2010 - Assistant Professor, Manipal University (India.)
  • 2005 to 2007 - Tutor, Manipal University (India.)
  • 2003 to 2004 - Tutor, Kore dental college and Research centre (Kolhapur. Maharashtra. India)
Research Disciplines
  • 2020 - Editorial board member of the "Journal of clinical and experimental dentistry"
  • 2020 - Approved by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as the dental practitioner’s educator across Australia to whom AHPHA has imposed restrictions on their registration.
  • 2019 - Received the CMD Research Support Program grant.
  • 2019 - My research, published in J Investig Clin Dent, is recognized as one among the top most downloaded and read papers!
  • 2019 - The board experience includes being an appointed International Advisor and Editorial Board Member of the "Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice", and reviewer of five reputed dental journals.
  • 2017 - Our poster titled ‘An Investigation of Radiation Protection Knowledge, attitudes and Practices of North Queensland Dentists.’ was selected to represent JCU for the student clinician research program in Atlanta Georgia (2017).
  • 2016 - The above poster presentation received two awards at the College of Medicine and Dentistry’s inaugural Dentistry Clinical day on 22nd October, 2016.
  • 2014 - Travel grant (Australia - New Zealand division of International Association of Dental Research) to attend the “2014 Annual scientific meeting” held in Brisbane.
  • 2011 - Research incentive award for scientific publications, Manipal University, India.
  • 2006 - Second best paper award for scientific paper presentation in the XVII specialty National Conference, India.
  • 2005 - Best paper award for scientific paper presentation in the specialty National convention, India.
  • Fellow Academy of General Education, Manipal. India.
  • 2013 to 2019 - International Association of Dental research Asian Division
  • 2007 to 2019 - Indian Dental Association
  • 2004 to 2019 - Indian Academy Of Oral Medicine & Radiology
  • 2013 to 2018 - International Association of Dental research ANZ Division
  • 2017 - Invited to be a keynote presenter at the 29th Specialty National conference of "Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology" at New Delhi India.
  • 2015 - Received cash prize for publishing best cover page (“Tiger shark dentition”) in the UK’s reputed dental journal (Dental update).
  • 2013 - Received cash prize for publishing best cover page “Dentition of Crocodile” in the UK’s reputed dental journal (Dental update).
  • 2013 to 2019 - Received approval (from various Radiation health departments including Vic, Qld, Tas, NSW and WA) for Cone beam CT and Extraoral Radiography licensing course.

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