Abbas Jessani, DDS, MSc, PhD


(He, his, him)
Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry
Director and Academic Lead, Dental Outreach and Community Services  
Office: DSB 0152
Phone: 519.661.2111 xx80535


Research Cluster 

Research Interests 

  • Comprehensive Care 
  • Dental Public Health (particularly marginalized and underserved population)
  • Education Research
  • Local and International Oral Health Outreach (particularly in marginalized communities and developing countries)
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Restorative Dentistry (particularly risk-based caries management and minimally invasive dentistry)


Dr. Abbas Jessani is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and the Coordinator for Community Dental Outreach at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. Dr. Jessani completed his graduate training in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia, with a focus on public health dentistry. Dr. Jessani earned his MSc and PhD through exploring the unmet oral health needs of vulnerable and marginalized populations in British Columbia, such as people living with HIV, refugees, and pregnant women. He also looked into the experiences of stigma and discrimination faced by HIV-positive community members while accessing healthcare services in British Columbia. While finishing his PhD, Dr. Jessani led the department of Operative Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan where his teaching philosophy focused on risk based patient management and minimally invasive dentistry.

Dr. Jessani has directed several dental outreach programs at University of British Columbia and the University of Saskatchewan since 2011 and has won several awards for his excellence in teaching and research. Presently, he is the course director for preclinical operative dentistry and is also leading the local and global community oral health outreach at Schulich Dentistry. Currently, his research lab is looking into the barriers of accessing healthcare and oral care services in marginalized communities, particularly from lower SES, HIV/HCV-positive, 2SLGBTQ and Indigenous community members in Saskatchewan and Ontario. In the area of global health, he is very keen in looking into access to oral care disparities in low-income African countries such as Uganda and South Africa.

Opportunities for Graduate/Undergraduate Student

  • Interested candidates should send an inquiry e-mail along with their CV to:  

Select Publications

  • Quadri, M. F. A., Jaafari, F. R. M., Mathmi, N. A. A., Huraysi, N. H. F., Nayeem, M., Jessani, A., Tadakamadla, S. K., et al. (2021). Impact of the Poor Oral Health Status of Children on Their Families: An Analytical Cross-Sectional Study. Children, 8(7), 586. MDPI AG. Retrieved from 
  • Jessani, A., Choi, J., El-Rabbany, A., Lefoka, P., Quadri, M. F. A., & Laronde, D. M. (2021). Oral Health and Psychosocial Predictors of Quality of Life and General Well-Being among Adolescents in Lesotho, Southern Africa. Children, 8(7), 582. MDPI AG. Retrieved from 
  • Jessani, A., Li, H., Phillips, G., Jonghm, C., Levac, C., Bedrnash, H., (2021). Correlation of HIV-infection and HIV/HCV co-infection with oral health status of inner-city sub-population in Saskatchewan, Canada. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. In Press.
  • Jessani, A., Quadri, M., Lefoka, P., El-Rabbany, A., Hooper, K., Lim, H., Ndobe, E., Brondani, M., & Laronde, D. (2021). Oral health status and patterns of dental service utilization of adolescents in Lesotho, Southern Africa. Children (Basel), 8(2), 120–.
  • Quadri, M. F. A., Fageeh, H. I., Ibraheem, W., & Jessani, A. (2020). A case–control study of type 2 diabetes mellitus and periodontitis in Saudi Arabian adults. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 13, 1741.
  • Svetalana, T., Jessani, A., Felix, G., Merry E., De Souza G., Tam, L., Morin M, Neha, A., Scorth, R. (2020) Outcomes and recommendations for a cariology education reform in Canada: report of a national symposium. American Journal of Dental Education.
  • Jessani, A., Aleksejuniene, J., Donnelly, L., Phillips, J., Nicolau, B., & Brondani, M. (2020). What are the self‐reported unmet dental treatment needs of people living with HIV in British Columbia? A case of minority subpopulation in Canada. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 80(2), 114–122.
  • Quadri, M. F. A., Alamir, A. W. H., John, T., Nayeem, M., Jessani, A., & Tadakamadla, S. K. (2020). Effect of prosthetic rehabilitation on oral health-related quality of life of patients with head and neck cancer: a systematic review. Journal of Translational Cancer Research, 9(4), 3107-3118.
  • Jessani, A., & Brondani, M. (2019). Availability of medical and oral health services for people living with HIV in British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Canadian Dental Association. 85, j1.
  • Jessani, A., Aleksejuniene, J., Donnelly, L., Craig Phillips, J., Nicolau, B., & Brondani, M. (2019). Dental care utilization: patterns and predictors in persons living with HIV in British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 79(2), 124-136.
  • Donnelly, L. R., Bailey, L., Jessani, A., Postnikoff, J., Kerston, P., & Brondani, M. (2016). Stigma experiences in marginalized people living with HIV seeking health services and resources in Canada. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 27(6), 768–783.
  • Jessani, A., Laronde, D., Mathu-Muju, K., & Brondani, M. A. (2016). Self-perceived oral health and use of dental services by pregnant women in surrey, British Columbia. Journal of Canadian Dental Association, 82, g28.

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