Dr. Rishma Shah recently began her appointment in the Department of Orthodontics as an assistant professor.
“I am very excited and privileged to be working at a highly regarded center of excellence, such as UNC,” said Shah. “The collegiate environment, caliber of the people, long-standing history of being at the forefront of orthodontics and world-class facilities are some of the reasons as to why I was attracted to the position. I look forward to being fully immersed within the UNC community and aim to use my UK training and experience to add to what is already an incredibly successful department.”
In her role at UNC, Shah will dedicate part of her time to educating students studying to receive their Doctor in Dental Surgery degree or their master’s certification in orthodontics. She will be actively taking patients at the Dental Faculty Practice and will serve as a consultant to the UNC Craniofacial Center. Shah will also continue to pursue her interests in the management and treatment of complex multidisciplinary cases, and her research focus in the craniofacial skeletal muscles.
“The orthodontic faculty is pleased to have Dr. Shah join the department and look forward to her carrying on in the footsteps of some very well-known British orthodontists who have previously served in the department,” said Dr. Lorne Koroluk, chair of the Department of Orthodontics.
Shah began her dental education at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Hospitals in London, from which she obtained her dental degree. She later earned her Master of Science in orthodontics from University College London in 2002, after which she received her membership in orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons in England in 2003. In 2006, she was awarded a fellowship in orthodontics by the Royal College of Surgeons, and in 2010 she completed her PhD at University College London in craniofacial skeletal muscle engineering. Prior to joining UNC, Shah was a senior lecturer and consultant in orthodontics at the University College London Eastman Dental Institute and Hospital.