Dr Michael Wise
Dr Wise was a specialist in both oral surgery and restorative dentistry. He was Visiting Professor at University College London until 2011. He was the first dentist to be awarded a Harkness Fellowship from The Commonwealth Fund, for two years study in the U.S.A., which he completed at Indiana University between 1970 and 1972. He obtained his Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1972.
He maintained a private restorative practice in London mainly treating patients who had failure in extensively restored dentition and since 1977 ran continuing post graduate courses in his practice for groups of up to 20 dentists.
He has lectured widely both nationally and internationally and is the author of many publications including a 10-part series on Occlusion and Restorative Dentistry published in the British Dental Journal and subsequently produced as a BDJ handbook. He has written a textbook “Failure in the Restored Dentition : Management and Treatment”, published in February 1995 by the Quintessence Publishing Company, in English, Italian, Russian and German versions.
In 2009 he acquired sepsis and following life threatening illness retired from his practice in 2011 and from teaching in 2015.
He is on the board of several NHS groups aiming to improve care for patients with acute kidney injury and is invited to lecture to the medical profession about his experience of illness. He has published a book recounting his experience “On The Toss Of A Coin
A memoir of a near-death illness… and my fight for survival”
He has been married to his wife Priscilla for forty seven years. They have three sons and five grandchildren.
My Experience of a Near-death Illness and the Fight for Survival
On 21st January 2009, deadly bacteria invaded my body, multiplied, spread and poisoned my blood. I had a very rare form of sepsis. The effects were catastrophic, shutting down my organs in quick succession and nearly killing me.
My presentation is my account of this horrendous illness, my fight to live and the grueling recovery. The story demonstrates how the mind can be a powerful tool, converting a devastating situation into one filled with hope. I now live a full, happy and active life.