Dr. Ashith B. Acharya

Dental Council of India-Recognised Forensic Dentist

About Me & My Work

I am India's first qualified forensic dentist, having undertaken my post-graduation in the Forensic Odontology Unit, University of Adelaide, Australia in 2001.

Just before that, in 1999, I graduated from SDM College of Dental Sciences & Hospital in Dharwad, Karnataka. I've been working here now for over fifteen years, helping the institute establish India's first exclusive forensic odontology department. Today, the department is recognised by the Karnataka government as a State Referral Centre for forensic dental cases. Previously, I had helped set up South Asia's first exclusive department of forensic dentistry in B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal, where I worked from 2002 to 2005. I co-founded the Indian Association of Forensic Odontology in 2000 of which I serve as Secretary. The Association has more than 500 members.

My professional assignments include teaching, research and forensic casework. I not only undertake research but also innovate – publishing the same in internationally reputed forensic and dental journals. Many of these are highly cited and you can view my publication metrics on Scopus and Google Scholar. In fact, I am listed as a top 1% forensic researcher in the world (category “Legal and Forensic Medicine”) as per findings of the renowned publisher Elsevier BV (Netherlands). You can access the complete lists here and download some of my scholarly articles on ResearchGateI include the results of these published work in my teaching assignments within my institute and beyond. I am consulted by the police and the forensic fraternity in forensic odontology and forensic anthropology cases. I am also consulted by international and Indian institutions as an examiner/advisor of research thesis and forensic odontology courses.

In addition, I serve as a resource faculty in short-term forensic dental training programmes across the country — be it day-long hands-on workshops or year-long Fellowship programmes.

A major programme I have been associated with is in my institute in Dharwad where my university and dental college offer a variety of courses in forensic odontology — a fellowship and two certificate programmes. I also serve as a resource faculty in forensic odontology training programmes organised by DY Patil University, Navi Mumbai, and People's University, Bhopal.


A top 1% forensic researcher in the world, I graduated from the Forensic Odontology Unit, University of Adelaide, Australia

I head India's first exclusive department of forensic odontology in Dharwad, Karnataka

I am consulted by dentists and the forensic fraternity from around India in forensic odontology & anthropology cases