Dr Ray Lowry is a retired dental and medical health specialist, academic and comedy writer.
Born in the West Midlands, after winning a flying scholarship from the Royal Air Force, Ray Lowry was educated at Birmingham University where he qualified as a dental surgeon (BDS) in 1972, winning the Arthur Youngson prize for dental prosthetics; then a decde later at Leicester University where he qualified as a medical practitioner (MB, ChB) in 1982.
In the intervening years Ray practised dentistry as a general dental practitioner, a community dental officer and a hospital dental surgeon, continuing with his professional training in general medicine, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology and general medical practice.
Following the completion of formal training in public health - becoming an NHS consultant in 1990 - and having been a senior lecturer in dental public health at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Dr Ray Lowry is also on the specialist registers for medical and dental public health and holds the DRCOG and the FFPHM (Postgraduate qualifications in obstetrics/gynaecology and public health medicine respectively).
He has published over 50 articles in the learned press and has conducted quantitative and qualitative research in both medical and dental public health issues including waiting lists, water fluoridation, oral cancer, general medical services, social marketing and communication skills training for health professionals.
Dr Lowry has taught medical and dental undergraduates and postgraduates and lectured at national and international conferences, and is currently the training director for public health in the Northern Region.