About David Shaye, MD, MPH

Dr. Shaye specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head and neck. This includes aesthetic procedures such as facelift, blepharoplasty and browlift. Dr. Shaye is experienced in rebuilding all parts of the face from skin cancer (Moh's) surgery to birth deformities of the lips, nose and ears. He offers a wide range of options for facial reconstruction after car accidents and injuries of the bones of the face, which include the spectrum of free tissue transfer to scar management. Rhinoplasty and improvement of the appearance and function of the nose are important aspects of his practice.

A U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Shaye earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Hamilton College and his medical degree from Albany Medical College. He completed residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California at Davis and fellowship training in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Minnesota.  

Dr. Shaye focuses his research on global surgery, or the delivery of surgical services to areas with limited resources. Specific research interests include cleft lip and palate, burden of disease assessment and mobile phone technology to improve surgical follow-up. Dr. Shaye regularly performs surgery for children with cleft lip and palate deformities in Zimbabwe, provided medical relief in the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda, and participates in a teaching partnership with the Ministry of Health in Rwanda. He has volunteered extensively in Malawi, Bhutan, Dominica and Guatemala.

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Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114 - 3002
Fax: 617-573-3727

Medical Education

  • MD, Albany Medical College
  • Residency, UC Davis Medical Center
  • Fellowship, University of Minnesota

American Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

Accepted Insurance Plans

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Dr. Shaye is active in research to optimize the delivery of high quality, cost-effective surgical care in resource poor settings. He has performed epidemiological research in sub-Saharan Africa examining the geo-spatial distribution of cleft lip and palate deformities in Zimbabwe over a 7-year period. The geographic distribution of patients with cleft lip and palate are used to target and deliver better surgical care.  Other research interests include the use of mobile phone technology to improve surgical follow up in countries with significant geographic constraints. 

Dr. Shaye's research also focuses on the use of intra-operative imaging to perform less invasive, more accurate repair of maxillofacial trauma injuries. Intra-operative imaging with modern, portable CT scanners offers real time information on facial fracture alignment and assists in the precise placement of orbital implants. This can obviate the need for more invasive surgery, leading to quicker recovery, less postoperative pain, and less scarring.