Professor Camile Farah

Professor Camile Farah

Professor Camile Farah

Professor of Oral Oncology |

Professor Camile Farah is Professor of Oral Oncology, Dean and Head of the UWA Dental School, and Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA, at the University of Western Australia.

Professor Farah is a registered specialist in both Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology with sub-specialty training in Oral Oncology. He has interests in clinical oral medicine (mucosal pathology, salivary gland diseases, orofacial pain), diagnostic head and neck pathology (oral cancer and pre-cancer), and oral and maxillofacial radiology (Cone Beam CT). He maintains a part-time private practice in Oral Medicine, is Consultant Oral Pathologist to Qscan Radiology Clinics, and Director of the Australian Centre for Oral Oncology Research & Education (ACORE), where he undertakes clinical and translational research into head and neck cancer early detection, molecular diagnostics, and imaging, and has mentored over 50 postgraduate students and postdoctoral staff.

Professor Farah obtained his undergraduate dental degree from the University of Western Australia, and practiced dentistry while completing a PhD in Oral Pathology & Immunology, and his specialist training in Oral Medicine & Oral Pathology at the University of Queensland. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership.

Professor Farah has authored more than 140 peer reviewed publications including 17 book chapters, and has attracted approximately $6.5 million in competitive research funding, and has been involved in other successful collaborative grants totalling approximately $10 million. His research interests in oral oncology span optical imaging systems (Optical Fluorescence Imaging and Narrow Band Imaging), molecular genomics (Next Generation Sequencing), and clinical trials in early cancer detection and surgical margin delineation. Professor Farah established ACORE in an effort to leverage his academic, clinical and industry partnerships for the advancement of oral oncology translational research, personalised patient care, patient and clinician education and professional development, and overall advocacy for patients with head and neck cancer.

Professor Farah is a Fellow of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia, the International Academy of Oral Oncology, the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is Associate Editor of “Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine” and “Oral Cancer”, and a Reviewing Editor for “Oral Diseases”. He is a Past President of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia and served as its Inaugural President, Past President of the Australian & New Zealand Division of the International Association for Dental Research, Chairman-elect of the Australian Dental Research Foundation and past Chairman of its Research Advisory Committee. He is a regular speaker at national and international meetings, and is author and editor of a new textbook “Contemporary Oral Medicine” to be published by Springer in 2018.

Professor Farah has 20 years’ experience in dental academia, research, industry and the private sector. He has held various leadership roles in dental academia including Head of Department of Oral Biology & Pathology at UQ from 2007-2008, and Deputy Head of School from 2009-2012, with directorships in Teaching & Learning, Curriculum Development, Research, Clinical Services, Placements and External Affairs. Professor Farah has also owned and operated private practices in dentistry, oral medicine and diagnostic imaging.

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