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

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

4.7 out of 5 (235 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
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Signature and Select (aka Senior Advantage)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Aetna HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Open POS II
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Open HMO
    • Network OA
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • United Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Tricare Prime
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus


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)

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Ratings and reviews

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  • Dec 6, 2023

    Very pleasant and thorough

  • Oct 2, 2023

    No problem. I am good with my appointment, and doctor.

  • Sep 25, 2023