David A. Shaye, M.D., FACS

Instructor in Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School


Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3709
Fax: 617-573-3727
Mondays from 8am to 5pm, Wednesdays from 1pm to 5pm



Dr. David Shaye specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head, and neck. This includes aesthetic procedures such as a facelift, blepharoplasty, or 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 from free tissue transfer to scar management. Rhinoplasty and improvement of the appearance and function of the nose are also 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 and reconstructive surgery at the University of Minnesota. He is dual board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and head and neck surgery.

Dr. Shaye focuses his research on global surgery (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. Dr. Shaye works with Doctors Without Borders, performing facial reconstruction for survivors of NOMA, a destructive facial disease that affects malnourished children, mostly in Africa.

Watch this video of Dr. Shaye's participation with Operation of Hope, an all-volunteer surgical team that provides surgeries to children in developing countries who are born with facial deformities.

Read Dr. Shaye's article on his experiences teaching local surgeons in Africa, A Face-Lift In Boston, A New Jaw In Rwanda: One Surgeon’s Global Perspective, which was published on WBUR - CommonHealth.

Dr. Shaye's surgical work in rural Nepal was recently featured on the news program CNN Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta (Watch Part I, Part II, Part III).

Select Publications

Update on outcomes research for cleft lip and palate. Shaye D. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 May 28.

Repair of the supernumerary nostril. Shaye DA, Tibesar RJ. J Craniofac Surg. 2014 May;25(3):978–9.

Chin Augmentation Surgery. Shaye DA, Greywoode JD, Hamlar DD, Hilger PA. http://rhinoplastyarchive.com. September 2013.

Comparison of PET imaging with 64Cu-liposomes and 18F-FDG in the 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA)-induced hamster buccal pouch model of oral dysplasia and squamous cell carcinoma. Mahakian LM, Farwell DG, Zhang H, Seo JW, Poirier B, Tinling SP, Afify AM, Haynam EM, Shaye D, Ferrara KW. Mol Imaging Biol. 2014 Apr;16(2):284–92.

The importance of the nasal septum in the deviated nose. Sykes JM, Kim JE, Shaye D, Boccieri A. Facial Plast Surg. 2011 Oct;27(5):413–21.

Improving posttraumatic facial scars. Ardeshirpour F, Shaye DA, Hilger PA. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2013 Oct;46(5):867–81.

Cleft lip and cleft rhinoplasty complications. Kim JE, Sykes JM, Shaye DA. Facial Plast Surg. 2012 Jun;28(3):318–22.

Advances in nasal reconstruction. Shaye DA, Sykes JM, Kim JE. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Aug;19(4):251–6.

Cleft lip and palate. Travis Tollefson and David Shaye. Epocrotes online: British Medical Journal. November 2011.

"Review of Global Surgery: Thoughts on an emerging surgical subspecialty for students and residents." David Shaye and Travis Tollefson. Faculty of 1000. February 2011.

Reconstruction of Acquired Ear Deformities. David Shaye and Jonathan Sykes. Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology. March 2011; Vol 22, Issue 1.

View a complete list of publications on pubmed.gov »



  • Albany Medical College, M.D.


  • University of California, Davis (General Surgery)


  • University of California, Davis (Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery)


  • University of Minnesota (Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)