Professor Heiko Spallek serves as Acting Head of School and Dean of The University of Sydney School of Dentistry. In 1993, Professor Spallek graduated from the School of Dentistry, Humboldt University Berlin where he continued his career and was appointed in the Department of Periodontology and also received his PhD in the field of dental material sciences. While at Temple University School of Dentistry, Philadelphia, he earned an MSBA with a concentration in Computer and Information Science from the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple in 2000.
Professor Spallek is a graduate of the American Dental Education Association's Leadership Institute. His research has as its focus the development of educational resources for dental professionals, the innovative use of clinical decision support systems to improve health outcomes and the creation of online communities. He published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and a textbook for Dental Informatics that has been published in Germany and in the US. His projects have a foundation in the fields of education, usability engineering, medical and dental informatics and computer science. He served as PI of several NIH-supported research projects aiming to improve the adoption of Evidence-Based Dentistry. He serves as the representative of the American Association for Dental Research on the American Dental Association's Standards Committee on Dental Informatics and has been elected as Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Knowledge Management. Professor Spallek is councillor of the Dental Informatics Section of the American Dental Education Association and member of the Advisory Board of the Collaboration for Health IT (https://collaboration4hit.org/).