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About Tariq Drabu
Tariq Drabu was born and educated in Manchester. He went to Manchester University in 1982 to study dentistry and graduated in December 1986 at the age of 21 making him one of the youngest ever dentists ever to graduate in this country.
After graduation he worked in hospital dentistry for a number of years with posts at Manchester Dental Hospital, Stafford District General Hospital, and Withington Hospital in South Manchester. He then spent three years as an associate dental surgeon in the Trafford area of Manchester. During all of this time he maintained his interest in oral surgery with a series of part time clinical posts within local hospitals.
In 1993 Tariq Drabu went to work abroad in Saudi Arabia in Riyadh and Taif within busy large general hospitals. He returned to the UK at the end of 1996 having passed his Fellowship in Dental Surgery (FDSRCSEd) from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He continued his work in oral surgery and in January 1998 he purchased the practice at Wood Street and renamed it Langley Dental Practice.
Tariq Drabu took over a declining practice and rapidly saw it expand and increase patient numbers. He continued to maintain his interest in oral surgery with part time teaching and lecturing posts at Manchester Dental Hospital. Over the past 15 years Tariq has taught, lectured to and mentored over 500 dentists in oral surgery.
In 2005 Tariq completely rebuilt the practice and transformed it from a small cramped two chair surgery premises into a state of the art four chair facility. He has developed a practice to be one of the leading practices in the Greater Manchester area with very high standards and an excellent reputation.
Tariq has always maintained his passion and interest in primary care oral surgery and has also developed his career and qualifications. In 2002 he was accredited by the General Dental Council as a specialist in oral surgery (GDC registration 61705). He spent nine years teaching and lecturing in oral surgery at Manchester Dental Hospital to postgraduate students. In 2008 he was awarded a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) in oral and maxillofacial surgery from the University of Manchester.
Tariq Drabu is the Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery CATS services in NHS Oldham and NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale. Tariq Drabu is also a tutor in Oral Surgery at the Faculty of General Practice at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. In 2007, he was a nominated finalist in Dental Defence Union VDP "Trainer of the Year" awards in recognition of his efforts in training and mentoring newly qualified dentists.
In 2010 Tariq Drabu completed an Advanced Certificate in Facilitated in Learning in Healthcare Practice at UCLan (the University of Central Lancashire) and in 2012 he completed a Level 7 certificate in Executive Management from the Institute of Learning and Management.
Tariq has saved on numerous professional dental committees both locally and nationally. He was Chairman of Bury and Rochdale Local Dental Committee between 2003 and 2006. He was a member of the British Dental Association General Dental Practice Committee (2003 - 2009) and Representative Body (2006 - 2009).
Tariq has recently been appointed as a part time staff specialist in oral surgery at the University of Central Lancashire Dental Clinic in Preston where he will be leading on the postgraduate teaching and training of dentists in oral surgery.
Outside of dentistry Tariq is married to Suraya who is a doctor. They have two children. His passions outside of dentistry centre around Manchester City football club where he is a season ticket holder. He is also an avid follower of news, politics and current affairs. Tariq enjoys going to the cinema and theatre in his spare time and also enjoys watching Bollywood films.