Faculty Profile

Shelly Abramowicz, DMD, MPH, FACS

Primary: Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Secondary: Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine

Chief, Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Telephone: 404.778.4500

Email: sabram5@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2013

Biography

Dr. Abramowicz provides care to children with oral and maxillofacial surgery concerns. Her clinical and research specialties include pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery, TMJ dysfunction in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, orthognathic surgery, maxillofacial trauma, benign maxillofacial pathology, and impacted teeth.

Dr. Abramowicz obtained her dental degree and her MPH in 2002 from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed her oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Florida in 2008. After completing her training, she joined Boston Children's Hospital and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She joined Emory in 2013.

She is an active researcher with a focus on the biological behavior and natural history of congenital and developmental facial deformities in children. While still at HSDM in 2009, Dr. Abramowicz received a three-year Faculty Educator Development Award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation. The award funded her investigation of temporomandibular joints in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. In 2016, she received a research support grant from the American Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation, was a first place poster winner at the 98th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and was the first recipient of the Elaine A. Stuebner Scholarship from the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. In 2018, she was awarded an Osteo Science Foundation Research Grant to study bone regenerative strategies targeting the notch pathway.

Affiliations

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston/Scottish Rite Hospitals

  • The Emory Clinic

  • Grady Memorial Hospital

Education

  • DMD, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, 2002

  • MPH, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, 2002

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, University of Florida, 2002-2008

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • American Dental Association

  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

  • Georgia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

  • American Academy of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons

  • American College of Rheumatology

  • Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance

Current Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Editorial Board, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Cases

  • Ediorial Board, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology

Honors and Awards

  • Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2002

  • Quintessence Award for Achievement in Research, University of Pittsburgh, 2002

  • Outstanding Achievement in Public Health Dentistry, University of Pittsburgh, 2002

  • Physician Customer Service Key Award, Shands Hospital, University of Florida, 2005

  • Faculty Educator Development Award, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons & the American Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation, 2009

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation Research Grant, 2016

  • First Place Poster Award, 98th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 2016

  • First Recipient, Elaine A. Stuebner Scholarship, American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 2016

  • Osteo Science Foundation Research Grant, 2018

  • Outstanding Faculty, Emory University School of Medicine, 2018

Clinical Interests

  • Pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery

  • Pediatric TMJ

  • TMJ dysfunction in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis

  • Cleft lip and palate

  • Orthognathic surgery

  • Maxillofacial trauma

  • Benign maxillofacial pathology

  • Impacted teeth

Research Interests

  • Investigations of the biological behavior and natural history of congenital and developmental facial deformities in children