Dr Philip Lewis - President

Dr Philip Lewis Dr Philip Lewis qualified in London in 1977. He has worked in general practice and as a clinical assistant in the hospital service. Philip takes a keen interest postgraduate education, development of the dental team and public awareness of dental issues. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of both Private Dentistry and Aesthetic Dentistry Today magazines, has received awards for commitment to postgraduate education, and belongs to a number of professional dental societies.

In addition, Philip is a long-serving member of the British Dental Association and acts as a media spokesperson. He has made many television and radio appearances and had numerous articles and interviews published in the Dental and Consumer press. He has been short listed in the Dentist of the Year Awards and has lectured to other dentists on clinical innovations and practice management issues.

For more than 20 years he has been closely involved with the early detection of mouth cancer, writing articles, lecturing regularly and training dental teams. Philip continues to publish regular articles on equipment and products, clinical techniques, patient care and reviews of professional textbooks. He lectures both to the profession and the public on a variety of dentally related topics. Philip also runs a single-handed private dental practice on the Isle of Wight and is currently President of the Mouth Cancer Foundation.

Dr Vinod K Joshi, Founder & Past-President


Dr Vinod Joshi Vinod Joshi qualified as a dentist at the University of Singapore in 1974 and worked in Malaysia for 3 years before moving to the United Kingdom to pursue his postgraduate training at Leeds and the Eastman Dental Institute in London during which time he was awarded the Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), and Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians (Glasgow) and specialist accreditation in Restorative Dentistry in 1985. After working in Saudi Arabia for several years, he returned to the United Kingdom in July 1991 to work as a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield and at St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford. Here, he set up and developed the Restorative Dentistry Oncology Clinics and contributed significantly to increasing awareness of mouth cancers and improving support for head and neck cancer patients. He also founded the Mouth Cancer Foundation, which provides support for mouth, throat and other head & neck cancer patients and promotes Mouth Cancer Awareness in the United Kingdom. He also has written several articles on the support head and neck cancer and on the need for dentists to be involved in early detection and the oral care of oncology patients. He has won several awards for his work.

He retired from the NHS in October 2011 to join the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur as a consultant. Here, he hopes to use his experience to improve the oral and dental care of people with mouth cancers and other disabilities. He remains dedicated to the Mouth Cancer Foundation and answers the daily queries posted at the MCF online support group’s message board. Vinod remains a trustee of the charity.

MR MAHESH KUMAR FDS RCS (Eng), FRCS (Eng) - President Elect

MR MAHESH KUMAR Mr Mahesh Kumar is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Since completing his study in dentistry from Kings College in London in 1990, he has undertaken a number of courses and continued to develop his career in medicine to acquire practical skills and essential experience in ear, nose and throat surgery; accident and emergency medicine; and general surgery.

Mr Kumar currently works as a Consultant at the Hillingdon and North West London Hospitals. He is committed to raising awareness of mouth cancer.

Krishan Joshi - Co-Founder & Treasurer

Mouth Cancer Foundation

Krishan Joshi Krishan Joshi believes in creating more freedom for everyone, saving lives and improving the quality of life. His supporting role under his father’s leadership and later role as Trustee for the Mouth Cancer Foundation has given him a wealth of experience and unique insight into the lives of cancer patients, survivors and their carers.

Krishan is the Founder & CEO of Dental Focus Marketing, which he established in 2001 at the London School of Economics (LSE) whilst gaining a BSc in Accounting & Finance. The very first website design that Krishan worked on was for his father Dr Vinod Joshi’s hospital-based ‘Restorative Dentistry Oncology Clinic’ (RDOC), which would soon become hugely successful and be registered as the charity now known as the Mouth Cancer Foundation. Together as father and son they were passionate about spending days and all-nighters over the many years creating the very best website and online support group community for mouth, head and neck cancer patients.

Today, the Dental Focus Marketing agency has created over 1,000 dental websites to help thousands of dentists attract patients and grow their practices. He is based in Croydon, Greater London, and leads the Global UK & Australia teams with his elder sister, Dr Geeta Perks, who is a dentist in Melbourne and also a Co-Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation charity.

Today, Krishan is still inspired by his father Dr Vinod Joshi, Consultant & Professor in Restorative Dentistry and Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation. He also remembers his mother’s loving support, encouragement and sandwiches, which fuelled their joint passion when they forgot to eat. She still feeds them!


Board of Trustees

  • Philip Lewis, President
  • Dr Vinod K Joshi, Founder & Past-President
  • Mr Krishan Joshi, Co-Founder & Treasurer
  • Mahesh Kumar, President Elect
  • Dr Geeta Perks, Co-Founder
  • Dr Mahendra Gulabbhai Patel
  • Natalie Kolf