Shahrokh Esfandiari, DMD, BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr. Shahrokh Esfandiari is the founder and the principal dentist of Timberlea Dental

Shahrokh EsfandiariDr. Shahrokh Esfandiari is a practicing clinician scientist and the first Canadian dentist with official trainings in Health Technology Assessment (HTA). He has obtained his BSc in Biochemistry from McGill University (1990), followed by a year of MSc in Medicinal Chemistry at Univeristy of Ottawa (1991). He then completed his dental trainings at Université Laval (1995), and continued onto another MSc in “International Health Technology Assessment and Management” at Université de Montréal (2008), along with his PhD in “Oral Health Technology Assessment” at McGill University (2008).

While remaining a hands-on clinician, he conducts hospital-based HTA at the Technology Assessment Unit of McGill University Hospital Center (MUHC). An appointed assistant professor at the Faculty of Dentistry of McGill University, Dr. Esfandiari’s main focus is on integrating Evidence-Based Dentistry and HTA into the undergraduate dental curriculum, aiming to improve clinical decision-making skills of our dental graduates. Dr. Esfandiari’s research interest on policy/decision makings in Canadian Oral Health has let to his currently funded research in the field of “Oral Health Technology Assessment” and “Enhancement of Knowledge Transfer Partnership in Oral Health”. The results of these studies will enhance the provision of effective oral health by recognizing/creating the complex interactions among all involved stakeholders (i.e. patients, clinicians, government, insurance companies, manufacturers, regulatory agencies).


  1. "Oral Health Technology Assesment" (ISBN 978-3-8383-3057-0). LAP Lambert Academic Publishing (2010), S Esfandiari

Book Chapters

  1. "L’avancement des connaissances et des technologies au service de la personne âgée, actes des échanges cliniques et scientifiques sur le vieillissement" (ISBN 978-2-89130-213-5), Sherbrooke, EDISEM (2007). Pages 272-79: "Evaluation technologiques de la santé bucco-dentaire; cas particulier des prothèses implantoportees chez les aines du Québec"; S Esfandiari
  2. "Dental Caries: the Disease and its Clinical management" (ISBN 978-1-40513-889-5). Ole Fejerskov and Edwin A M Kidd (editors), Wiley- Blackwell (2007). Chapter 30: "Economic issues in caries prevention and control"; J. S Feine, N Jamal, and S Esfandiari


  1. "The Limited Role of Citizens in Shaping Healthcare Policies", S Esfandiari; World Medical & Health Policy, Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 6, 2010
  2. "The Impella Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Device", S Esfandiari, L Erickson, M McGreogor; Technology Assessment Unit of the McGill University Health Centre, Report No. 37, June 2009
  3. "Clinical efficacy and cost of Allogenic Acellular Dermal Matrix in implant-based breast reconstruction of post mastectomy cancer patients", S Esfandiari, N. Dendukuri, M McGregor; Technology Assessment Unit of the McGill University Health Centre, Report No. 40, May 2009
  4. "Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) at the MUHC: a Health Technology Assessment", M McGregor and S Esfandiari; Technology Assessment Unit, McGill University Health Center, Report No. 45, 2009
  5. "Mandibular 2-implant overdentures for edentulous seniors: Study of patient preference", S Esfandiari, A Savard, JP. Lund, J Penrod, JM Thomason; JS Feine; Gerodontology, 2008
  6. "When it comes to new technologies, are you fulfilling your professional mandate?", B Rashdi, S Esfandiari, G Lemieux, J Feine; Journal of Canadian Dental Association, 2008
  7. "Can general dentists produce successful implant overdentures with minimal training?", S Esfandiari, JP Lund, M Thomason, E Dufresne, T Kobayashi, M Dubois, JS Feine; Journal of Dentistry, 2006


  1. "Oral health technology assessment (OHTA)", PhD in Dental Sciences, PhD thesis, McGill University, Montreal, 2008
  2. "Oral health technology adoption among Canadian dentists", International Master in Health technology Assessment and Management, MSc thesis, Université de Montreal, Montreal , 2008

In Press

  1. "Community specific preventive oral health policies: A review of preventive measures on dental caries". S Esfandiari, N Jamal, J Feine; Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry, 2010
  2. "What types of dentists are more likely to adopt new dental technologies?". S Esfandiari, J Feine, R Battista; Journal de l'Ordre des dentistes du Québec, 2010
  3. "What types of dentists are more likely to provide implant treatment?". S Esfandiari, R Majdzadeh, J Feine; Journal of Implant Dentistry, 2009

Selected Abstracts and Conference Publication

  1. "Évaluation de prothèses implantoportées chez les personnes âgées. Est-ce que nous connaissons tout ce qui est à savoir?". S Esfandiari; Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, 2007
  2. "Do seniors prefer mandibular 2-implant overdentures? A utility measurement evaluation". S Esfandiari, JP Lund, JM Thomason, JS Feine; International Association of Dental Research, Brisbane, 2006
  3. "Counting the Cost of Oral Health Therapies: Periodontal Disease". JS Feine, S Esfandiari; International dental Federation, Annual World Dental Congress, Montreal, 2005

Poster Presentation

  1. "Can oral health technology assessment promote evidence-based decision-making in dental faculties?". M Esfandiari, S Esfandiari; McGill Scientific Research Day, McGill University, 2010
  2. "How do practicing Canadian dentists learn about implants?". B. Rashti, S. Esfandiari, Genevieve Lemieux, J. Feine; McGill Scientific Research Day, McGill University, 2008
  3. "The supply and demand for whiter teeth". R. Rezaei, S. Tamburrino, S. Esfandiari; McGill Scientific Research Day, McGill U., 2008
  4. "Who Adopts New Oral health Technology, 1st prize winner, Hinmann Award". R. Rezaei, S. Esfandiari, A. Keshani, J. Feine; Poster presentation, McGill U., 2007
  5. "Technology Adoption among Canadian Dentists". S Esfandiari, R Rezaei, A Keschani, J Feine; Journee scientifique, Reseau de recherche en santé buccodentaire et osseuse, Trois Riviere, 2007
  6. "On the Edge of Technology, 1st prize winner, $1000". S. Esfandiari, N. Nicolas, JS. Bastien, JS Feine; Poster presentation, CIHR/IMHA, Calgary, 2006
  7. "Cost-Effectiveness of Mandibular Two-Implant Overdentures versus Conventional Dentures". S Esfandiari, JS Feine; McGill University Hospital Centers, Montreal, 2004

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