Kalpakam Arun Shastri, DDS| Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery | MedStar Health
Kalpakam Arun Shastri

Kalpakam Arun Shastri, DDS
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.7 out of 5 (250 reviews)

Specialties: Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery

Languages: Tamil, Hindi, English

(202) 877-5602

About me

Kalpakam Shastri, DDS, is an oral & maxillofacial surgeon who specializes in the orthognathic-corrective surgery of skeletal jaw and dental deformities. She sees patients for any condition related to the jaw, including tumors or pathology, reconstruction of the jaw, traumatic injury, infection, and impacted teeth. Additionally, she performs outpatient surgery procedures using sedation or general anesthesia for the removal of impacted teeth.

Dr. Shastri is also an oral surgery specialist at the National Institutes of Health at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research clinic, where she performs procedures to treat complex oral illnesses. Her clinical interests include tumors and reconstruction. Her research interests include optimizing sedation techniques and pain control related to impacted teeth. She is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the DC Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Dr. Shastri began her career in India, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in dental surgery and a master’s degree in dental surgery at the Government Dental College and Hospital in Nagpur. She then moved to the United Kingdom, where she was Clinical Assistant and  Senior House Officer of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at hospitals in North Wales and Chelmsford, UK. She then completed two fellowships: one with the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in Dublin and one with the Royal College of Surgeons of England in London.

Dr. Shastri received her doctorate of dental surgery degree from Northwestern University Dental School before completing internship and residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Loyola University Medical Center and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, respectively. She acted as Assistant Professor of oral & maxillofacial surgery at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine for nearly five years before opening her own private practice. She has since joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center to contribute to a collaborative environment and to provide complex jaw surgeries to a greater portion of the community. She is an integral teaching staff member and is responsible for teaching residents in training to be successful oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

Dr. Shastri is published in various peer-reviewed journals and has presented internationally on numerous occasions. She is passionate about exploring the effects of stem cells as they relate to reconstruction of the jaw.

Philosophy of Care
“The foundation of my practice lies in education and empathy. It is important to me that my patients understand their conditions, in addition to the challenges involved in the care necessary to treat them. With information, my hope is that my patients feel confident in taking control of their health. I take the time to first listen and then answer questions.”

“I care very much about the overall experience of my patients. The time they spend with me is merely a portion of the entire care process. Interactions with healthcare staff and front desk staff, wait times, and answering their questions are all a vital part of the superior quality care that I aim to provide.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Bone Grafting
  • Cosmetic Jaw Surgery
  • Dental Extractions
  • Dental Implant Surgery
  • Facial Fracture
  • Jaw Infection
  • Jaw Reconstruction
  • Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Cheek Bone Fractures
  • Cleft Lip
  • Cleft Palate
  • Congenital Anomalies Of The Face
  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Craniomaxillofacial Trauma
  • Dental Infection
  • Dentofacial Deformities
  • Dry Socket
  • Eye Socket Fractures
  • Face Infection
  • Facial Asymmetry
  • Facial Deformity
  • Facial Fracture
  • Facial Laceration
  • Facial Trauma
  • Hemifacial Microsomia
  • Impacted Teeth
  • Jaw Cancer
  • Jaw Deformities
  • Jaw Fracture
  • Jaw Infection
  • Jaw Injury
  • Jaw Misalignment
  • Lefort Fracture
  • Lip Mass
  • Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Maxillofacial Trauma
  • Micrognathia
  • Missing Tooth
  • Mouth Abscess
  • Mouth Cancer
  • Mouth Cyst
  • Nose Fracture
  • Oral Complications Of Cancer
  • Oral Lesions
  • Orbital Fractures
  • Osteomyelitis Of The Craniofacial Skeleton
  • Osteonecrosis Of The Jaw
  • Salivary Gland Disorders
  • Scalp Laceration
  • Sialadenitis
  • Sinus Fracture
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
  • Tooth Abscess
  • Wisdom Teeth
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Procedures I perform

  • Bone Graft Using Stem Cells
  • Bone Grafting
  • Bone Grafts Using Growth Factors
  • Cheek Implant
  • Cosmetic Jaw Surgery
  • Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Reconstruction
  • Dental Bone Grafting
  • Dental Extractions
  • Dental Implant Surgery
  • Dentoalveolar Surgery
  • Eye Socket Reconstruction
  • Facial Asymmetry Surgery
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Implant Supported Bridge
  • Jaw Reconstruction
  • Jaw Surgery
  • Mandibular Maxillary Osteotomy
  • Mandibular Reconstruction
  • Maxillofacial Regeneration
  • Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Maxillomandibular Advancement
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Preprosthetic Surgery
  • Sleep Apnea Surgery
  • Temporomandibular Joint Replacement
  • Temporomandibular Joint Surgery
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Practice locations

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110 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-5602

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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • United Choice Plus
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Aetna HMO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • Cigna EPO
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Kaiser Select
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Amerigroup DC Healthy Families
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Golden Rule
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • United Student Resources
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • United Choice
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthy Families
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • United Navigate
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • Tricare East Prime
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Virginia Premier
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Tricare East Select
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • D-SNP)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Amerigroup DC Alliance
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • I-SNP
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA


Board Certification: American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Residency Program: Tufts University Affiliated Hospital (2005)

Internship Program: Loyola University Medical Center (2001)

Dental School: Northwestern University (1998)

Hospital affiliations

Ratings and reviews

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  • Apr 29, 2024


  • Apr 29, 2024

    I will recommend other people to go there to see the dentist

  • Feb 26, 2024

    Once my surgery was scheduled everything was smooth.