40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

Shawn Marsh

  • Pittsburgh
  • Specialty

Age:

37

Name of Practice:

North Pittsburgh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Specialty:

Oral and maxillofacial surgery

Education:

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Why They Were Nominated

Dr. Marsh’s advanced surgical- procedure training has been life-changing for children around
the world. With the Ruth Paz Foundation, he traveled to Honduras and treated both children and adults in San Pedro Sula, at the time considered the murder capital of the world.

Why They Became a Dentist

“I always knew I wanted to be involved in the medical field. I found myself drawn to the personal connection dentistry affords.”

Biggest Challenge

“Managing the wide patient demographic. On one hand you can have a day where 10 healthy 18-year-olds come through the door for routine wisdom-tooth extractions. The next may be filled with 10 60-year-olds who smoke and haven’t been to the doctor in 20 years.”

Most Memorable Patient

A 7-year-old girl suffering from hemifacial microsomia, “a condition where one side of your
facial structures fails to fully mature. After the completion of her treatment she began to cry and walked around the room hugging each of us one by one and thanking us for ‘making her normal.’ ”

Exciting New Trend

“I began dental school in 2004, and the rapid inclusion of Cone Beam technology as an industry standard has been exciting.”

Something People Don’t Know

A huge music fan, Dr. Marsh originally wanted to be a rock star. “I settled for oral surgeon.”