EDUCATION

Medical School

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DMD)
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine , 2004 , Boston , MA

Medical School

MD
  • Harvard Medical School , 2007 , Boston , MA

Residency

General Surgery
  • Massachusetts General Hospital , 2009 , Boston , MA

Residency

Chief Resident, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Massachusetts General Hospital , 2010 , Boston , MA

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Dr. Salim Afshar practices the full scope of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, with a specific interest and focus on pathology of the maxillofacial region. In addition to surgically managing cysts and tumors of the maxillofacial region, he performs corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery, and dentoalveolar surgery, which includes placement of dental implants and the extraction of wisdom teeth. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is an attending surgeon in the Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital where he trains surgical residents and students.

His research interests include pathology of the maxillofacial region, innovation and healthcare delivery, both locally and internationally. Dr. Afshar is an active faculty member of the Program of Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School, and is a Clinical Advisor to the Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator Program (IDHA) at Boston Children’s Hospital. In addition, he is the founder of several products and companies and continues to be active in innovation as a mentor and advisor through the Harvard iLab and IDHA focusing on strategy and design.

Originally from Boston, Dr. Afshar completed his undergraduate work at Boston University before receiving his DMD from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He then received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School and completed residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His training included two years as a general surgery resident as well as training in pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery both here at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Afshar has many ongoing clinical research projects focused on improving treatment outcomes in several areas of pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Chattha A, Bucknor A, Curiel DA, Ultee KHJ, Afshar S, Lin SJ. Treatment of Craniosynostosis: The Impact of Hospital Surgical Volume on Cost, Resource Utilization, and Outcomes. J Craniofac Surg. 2018 Jul; 29(5):1233-1236. View abstract
  2. Bucknor A, Chattha A, Wu W, Egeler S, Ultee K, Afshar S, Lin SJ. The Impact of Surgical Volume on Outcomes and Cost in Cleft Repair: A Kids' Inpatient Database Analysis. Ann Plast Surg. 2018 Apr; 80(4 Suppl 4):S174-S177. View abstract
  3. Patel NA, Afshar S. Addressing the high rate of opioid prescriptions for dental pain in the emergency department. Am J Emerg Med. 2018 Jan; 36(1):138-139. View abstract
  4. Mukhopadhyay S, Lin Y, Mwaba P, Kachimba J, Makasa E, Lishimpi K, Silverstein A, Afshar S, Meara JG. Implementing World Health Assembly Resolution 68.15: National surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia strategic plan development--the Zambian experience. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2017 06; 102(6):28-35. View abstract
  5. Silverstein A, Sharma S, Mukhopadhyay S, Afshar S. A hidden opportunity within surgery in low- and middle-income countries. Healthc (Amst). 2016 Dec; 4(4):271-273. View abstract
  6. Peacock ZS, Afshar S, Lukas SJ, Kaban LB. Customized repair of fractured mandibular reconstruction plates. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2012 Oct; 70(10):e563-73. View abstract