068 Dr. Shalin Shah: Orthodontics Today: Sharing perspectives on the patient experience, orthodontic evolution, education, and life philosophies
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Dr. Shalin Shah discusses his perspectives on the patient experience, orthodontic evolution, education, and life philosophies. 

Dr. Shah maintains two active orthodontic practices in Princeton Junction, NJ and Lawrenceville, PA (Center for Orthodontic Excellence) and was previously serving as a Clinical Associate in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania for nine years. He received his BA, DMD, Certificate in Orthodontics, and Masters of Science in Oral Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Shah is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and member of the AAO, ADA, American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association, and SCADA among other notable professional organizations. At the University of Pennsylvania, he has lectured on orthodontic records, space analyses, cephalometrics, career development, growth & development, biology of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), occlusal appliances, practice management, and preventive & interceptive orthodontics as well as various other topics. He also provides didactic and clinical instruction for pre-doctoral students and orthodontic residents. Dr. Shah has received awards for Excellence Clinical Education (2014) and Excellence in Didactic Education (2016) from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Shah's research interests primarily include the biological sensitivity of the TMJ. He has conducted novel research on Type III collagen-deficient mice looking at their skeletal development and maintenance, including effects on the TMJ. He is published in various dental and orthodontic peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, he has received several research awards, most notably the 2004 Vernon J. Brightman Research Society Award from the University of Pennsylvania, the 2004 ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Research Award, the 2006 Quintessence Award for Research Achievement from the University of Pennsylvania, the 2006 Drabkin Memorial Prize for Research in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, the 2009 Musculoskeletal Disorders Annual Scientific Symposium Poster Award from the University of Pennsylvania, the 2010 Charley Schultz Resident Scholars Award from the American Association of Orthodontists, and the 2010 William S. Kress Award from the Mid-Atlantic Society of Orthodontists. 

Dr. Shah also maintains a keen interest in the digital workflow, which includes digital scanners, aligner therapy, and 3-D printing. He has comprehensively evaluated orthodontic products and services within these spaces with an intention of improving the user experience while also bringing together current-day CBCT diagnosis to today’s aligner treatment. Dr. Shah looks to change the orthodontic practice experience while maximizing the patient treatment outcomes. 

His passion for research, clinical orthodontics, excellence in patient care, and commitment to education has made him a solicited lecturer at a national and international level.

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