Apoorva J. Shah, DDS
Apoorva J. Shah, DDS General Dentist and Certified Invisalign Provider

Dr. Apoorva Shah is a general dentist with a strong passion for cosmetic dentistry, implants, and oral surgery.

Originally from California, he completed his undergraduate education at UPenn (University of Pennsylvania). Dr. Shah then graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine while pursuing a dual-degree, doctorate of dental science (DDS) and Masters in Science and Dental Education. Dr. Shah resides in Boston with his fiancée.

His journey into dentistry started as a 14-year-old determined to fix his own orthodontic emergency while on vacation. After working as an orthodontic laboratory assistant for four years in high school, as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, he continued to shadow a range of dentists and specialists, visit dental clinics, and participate in a global medical and dental brigade to Nicaragua.

Thereafter, he was inspired by the medical curriculum and spent a majority of his spare time during his third year in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, conducting many extractions and incision-and-drainage procedures, as well as completing intensive surgical externships and selectives. Furthermore, he obtained exposure in treating and assisting in complex implant and periodontal surgeries, as well as exposure in treating pediatric patients. He has also attended multiple research and continuing education conferences and seminars in aesthetics, surgery, periodontics, facial plastics, and oral pathology. Dr. Shah has significant experience with CAD/CAM digital technology and has been certified in Invisalign.

He has demonstrated a continued commitment to tutoring, mentorship, and community service, as well as held various leadership roles in dental, collegiate, and research organizations. Additionally, his exposure to stem cell research and consequent presentations has allowed him to investigate and push the boundaries of regenerative dental medicine, earning him the prestigious Class Award for Excellence in Research upon graduation.

Since practicing, Dr. Shah has taken additional advanced implant training with Advanced Implant Educators and has joined the Academy of General Dentistry’s Continuing Education MasterTrack.

With hobbies ranging from photography and video production to traveling and hiking, to dance and volleyball, to spicy food and music, he is a personable, passionate, and diligent dentist that strives for perfection and satisfaction in everything he does.

He’s hoping to bring a sense of energy/liveliness, attention to detail and aesthetics, with a commitment to offering high-quality dentistry in the most comfortable, relaxing, and, most importantly, understanding and empathetic environment possible.

Education

  • Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York, NY – Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • Columbia University Teachers College, New York, NY – Dual-Degree DDS/MA – Masters in Science and Dental Education(thesis in progress)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA – B.A. in Biology; Minors in Chemistry & South Asian Studies

Educational Awards

  • Magna cum laude
  • Dean’s List
  • Class Valedictorian

Research Awards

  • C’18 Dr. Milton G. Schlesinger Award for Excellence in Research
  • Most Outstanding Presentation in Research, Hinman Student Research Symposium
  • Honorable Mention – Basic Science Poster Presentation, Birnberg Research Symposium
  • ADEA/William J. Gies Foundation Dental Research Scholarship

Memberships

  • Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • The National Tutoring Association
  • Penn Alumni Interview Program
  • Young Penn Alumni Association

Certifications

  • Invisalign Certified
  • BLS/CPR
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