Ian Gainsford

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Sir Ian Derek Gainsford (born 24 June 1930) was dean of King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry, King's College London (1988–1997) and vice-principal of King's College London (1994–1997). He is president of the Maccabaeans.

Early life[edit]

Sir Ian was the son of Rabbi Dr Morris Ginsberg. He was educated at Thames Valley Grammar School, Twickenham, King's College London and at the University of Toronto.


  • Junior Staff, King’s College Hospital, 1955–57
  • Member of staff, Dept of Conservative Dentistry, London Hospital Medical School, 1957–70
  • Senior Lecturer/Consultant, Dept of Conservative Dentistry, KCH, 1970–97
  • Deputy Dean of Dental Studies, 1973–77; Dir of Clinical Dental Services, KCH, 1977–87 (Dean of Dental Studies, KCH Medical School, 1977–83)
  • Dean, Faculty of Clinical Dentistry, KCL, 1983–87

Other positions[edit]

  • President, British Society for Restorative Dentistry, 1973–74
  • Member: BDA, 1956– (President, Metropolitan Branch, 1981–82)
  • President, American Dental Society of London, 1982)
  • President, Western Marble Arch Synagogue, 1998–2000
  • Honorary President, British Friends of Magen David Adom, 1995–

He wrote the standard textbook Silver Amalgam in Clinical Practice (1965, 3rd edn 1992)