Dr James Lucas graduated in 1975, completed his postgraduate training in 1981 and obtained his FRACDS in 1982. He has worked in private general practice and is currently a paediatric dental specialist and Deputy Director of the Dental Department of the Royal Children's Hospital of Melbourne. Dr Lucas has been actively involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate training and has lectured and conducted workshops extensively in Australia and overseas.
He has presented keynote lectures at international conferences and has published articles on dental behaviour, dental care of medically compromised children and the use of dental implants in adolescents and young adults. His areas of research are growth and development, saliva and children with dento-facial anomalies.
Dr Lucas is a visiting consultant at the National Hospital of Odontostomatology, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he is involved in the evaluation of a multidisciplinary approach to cleft care and also the incidence of cleft lip and palate in Southern Vietnam. Dr Lucas is past president of the Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry.