In January, Ali Shazib, DMD, began his appointment as an assistant professor of oral medicine within the Division of Diagnostic Sciences.
“Dr. Shazib has an unparalleled work ethic and commitment to teaching and patient care that has already made a difference at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry,” said Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice, Katharine Ciarrocca, DMD, MSEd.
“His vast experience with managing oral ramifications of cancer, medically complex and hospitalized patients broadens the patients we can see at Carolina Dentistry and improves the education our students will receive.”
Shazib’s responsibilities as an assistant professor include teaching students how to evaluate, diagnose and manage orofacial diseases. He will be treating patients suffering from oral mucosal disorders, orofacial pain, medically complex dentistry, and cancer, in Carolina Dentistry and at UNC Hospitals.
His research interests include oral health outcomes for cancer/medically complex patients, oral adverse events associated with chemotherapy/immunotherapy, mucosal delivery drug systems, and tissue engineering.
“Being able to build bridges across the healthcare system and improve patient care, education, and research in oral health is my passion,” said Shazib. “By joining a leading and innovating institute such as UNC Adams School of Dentistry and Carolina Dentistry, I am excited to build collaborations to comprehensively manage patients suffering from complex oral diseases and complications from cancer treatment.”
Shazib received the Gold Medal Award from the Lahore Medical and Dental College in Pakistan as well as the Joseph L. Henry Award from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine for his extraordinary accomplishments in research and clinical dentistry, and for his contributions to the school.
Shazib earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Boston University School of Dental Medicine and completed a postdoctoral residency in oral medicine at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He previously worked in private practice as an associate dentist and owned a multi-specialty dentistry office in Maine. He worked for the laboratory for cellular and tissue engineering at the National University of Singapore from 2010-2012.