Professor Neil Myburgh is currently Acting Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand, he worked as a dentist in the squatter community of Crossroads in Cape Town, after which he is establishing the nearby Guguletu Community Dental Clinic. He later completed specialist training in Community Dentistry at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), where he got involved in public health, research, policy formulation and ran the UWC WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health.
He previously managed the UWC Health and Welfare Mission Project, facilitating the Community Partnerships Project for Health Personnel Training and establishment of the UWC School of Public Health. He later served as Deputy Dean for Research and Postgraduate Affairs in the Faculty of Dentistry.
He has served as Head of Department of the UWC Department of Community Oral Health and has been responsible for postgraduate and undergraduate courses in research methods, epidemiology, health policy and ethics in that department. Recent research activities have focused on community based dental prevention, sealant and varnish programs, as well as the evidence-base for health system reform. He currently chairs the UWC Biomedical Research Ethics Committee.