Announcement: Welcome to Dentistry's newest faculty members

Three new faculty members have recently joined Schulich Dentistry. Welcome to Drs. Sharat Pani, Shawn Steele and Liliani Vieira.


Dr. Sharat Pani, BDS, MDS
Assistant Professor, Paediatric Dentistry

Dr. Pani has been appointed as an Assistant Professor, Paediatric Dentistry, at the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. He is a paediatric and preventative dentist with a passion for special care dentistry, facilitating oral health care for patients with an impairment or disability. With international experience, he has worked in countries where special care dentistry is the responsibility of paediatric dentists.

Dr. Pani is a member of the International Association of Disability and Oral Health and has established multi-disciplinary protocols for treatment of adults with special health care needs. He strongly believes that good research is the backbone of successful clinical dentistry with more than 46 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He currently is an Associate Editor of the Saudi Dental Journal and serves as a reviewer for several prestigious journals, including the Journal of Dental Education.


Dr. Shawn Steele, BA, DDS, JD, MEd
Assistant Professor, Special Care & Community Dentistry

Dr. Steele has been appointed as an Assistant Professor, Special Care & Community Dentistry, at the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. He is a dedicated dentist with a diverse set of skills and qualifications, including law and education degrees. His professional passion lies with addressing social justice in oral health care and improving access to care for under-served populations.

Dr. Steele has significant experience in providing clinical care to special populations, as well as developing sustainable models of care in London’s hospital-based clinics, where he serves as the city-wide Chief of Dentistry. His legal training provides insights into the complexities surrounding administrative and regulatory matters related to dental practice and practice administration.


Dr. Liliani A. Candido Vieira, DDS, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor, Paediatric Dentistry

Dr. Vieira has been appointed as an Assistant Professor, Paediatric Dentistry, at the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. She holds a master’s degree in paediatric dentistry and a doctoral degree in health science. Dr. Vieria began her career in paediatric dentistry in 2002 at the Federal University of Goias, Brazil. Additionally, she was engaged as an advisor with the Program of Humanized Care for People with Special Needs and the Dental Sedation Centre – Prevention.

Dr. Vieira’s specialty involves preventative education and dental care for paediatric patients with special needs and providing dental care for children with a preventative approach, minimally invasive care and behaviour management for dental treatment.