Philadelphia –Penn Dental Medicine’s Dr. Rabie Shanti, Assistant Professor of Oral Surgery and Pharmacology, has been honored with the 2019 Relationship-Based Care Award by Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH). The award, presented to one individual annually, recognizes outstanding clinicians who fully embody the tenets of Relationship-Based Care: leadership, teamwork, professionalism, care delivery, resources and outcomes.
The relationship-based care model was established to ensure that patient needs and interests are always top priority. PAH strives to maintain a patient-focused culture, where only the highest standard of care is provided. Recipients of the Relationship-Based Care Award are recognized for their excellence in skillfully combining the art of caring and the science of healthcare in their clinical practice.
“I’ve always felt that the care of a patient with oral cancer is the most multidisciplinary area of medicine,” says Dr. Shanti. “I couldn’t be more fortunate to work with a highly committed and humanistic group of individuals at Penn that have a laser-sharp singular focus of patient centered care.”
Dr. Shanti holds a joint appointment in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Penn Dental Medicine and the Department of Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Penn Medicine. His clinical practice is centered around the evaluation and surgical management of oral and oropharyngeal cancer, benign and malignant tumors of the jaws, benign and malignant tumors of the salivary glands, and inflammatory/infectious conditions of the jaws. As a clinician, Dr. Shanti also focuses on microvascular reconstructive surgery of the head and neck following oncologic surgery, radiation injury, or trauma. Dr. Shanti’s research interests focus on exploring dysplasia and squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity, benign tumors of the jaw, and the application of human gingival mesenchymal stem cells in myomucosal and nerve tissue engineering.
Dr. Shanti has been part of Penn since 2016.