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Dr. Apoorva J. Shah, DDS

Health-Focused Biological Dentist

Dr. Apoorva J. Shah, DDS graduated from Columbia University, with a dual-degree DDS/MA in Science and Dental Education.

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 significant exposure in treating pediatric patients, as well as assisted with complex implant and periodontal surgeries. He has also attended multiple research and continuing education conferences and seminars in aesthetics, surgery, periodontics, facial plastics, and oral pathology. He has become increasingly knowledgeable about the Mouth & Body Connection and is excited to offer holistic options to his patients.

Dr. Shah has held various leadership roles in dental, collegiate, and research organizations, as well as demonstrated continued commitment to tutoring, mentorship, and community service. 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 graduating, Apoorva 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.

Dr. Shah has a SMART certification. This is a Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) developed by the Benson-Henry Institute in conjunction with Harvard Medical School.



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



Certified SMART provider, Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART)Benson-Henry Institute & Harvard Medical School


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



International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)
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



SMART Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal
Invisalign Certified