Manish H. Shah MD, FACS

Fellowship Trained Rhinoplasty Specialist

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Dr. Manish Shah – Denver, CO Plastic Surgeon

Meet Dr. Shah

Dr. Manish Shah is a board-certified Denver, CO plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery of the face, breast, body and skin. At his practice, Dr. Shah is committed to the informed patient. By educating patients, he provides them with all the pertinent information to make an informed decision for the best possible outcome. Dr. Shah’s top priority is safe and effective surgery so unlike other doctors, he isn’t afraid to be completely honest with patients. As one of the best plastic surgeons in Colorado, Dr. Shah is focused on natural surgery so he doesn’t perform extreme surgeries.

Specialties and Skills

Approximately 90% of Dr. Shah’s practice consists of elective facial surgery in addition to tummy tucks, breast surgery, liposuction and more. Since 2005, Dr. Shah has performed more than 10,000 surgical procedures, including more than 2000 facelifts. He averages around 75 eyelid surgeries and 50 rhinoplasties per year. As the only fully active Rhinoplasty Society member in Colorado, Dr. Shah is one of 120 members worldwide. Known for his Revision Rhinoplasty skills, about 30 - 40% of Dr. Shah’s rhinoplasty patients have come to him after previously botched surgeries. Besides rhinoplasty, Dr. Shah’s other specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, Brazilian butt lift surgery, and butt implant surgery. However, Dr. Shah is extensively trained in all areas of plastic surgery.

Education and Training

Dr. Shah began his extensive education and training at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with honors with a degree in biomedical engineering. He earned his M.D. at the University of Virginia. During this time, at the New York University School of Medicine/Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Dr. Shah completed a one-year fellowship in microsurgery research. In addition, he completed a demanding training program at the prestigious Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia in General and Trauma Surgery.

Dr. Shah completed his formal education and training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit. After this, Dr. Shah was selected for further instruction at the highly-selective Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. While there, he trained with some of the most respected cosmetic surgeons in the field in face, breast and body surgery. This fellowship has the distinction of being considered one of the best and most advanced in the world. 

Special Achievements

Dr. Shah’s skill and dedication as a cosmetic surgeon have been noted and honored throughout his esteemed career. He is the former Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Rocky Mountain region’s only academic level 1 trauma center. In addition, he was the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Denver Health Medical Center. Dr. Shah has been listed on the preeminent Marquis Who’s Who in America since 2009. He was also voted one of Forbes Magazine’s “Top Ten Most Dependable Plastic Surgeons of the Western United States” in 2008.



  • Shah Aesthetic Surgery, Owner, Denver, CO
    • July 2005 to Present
  • Center for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, Partner, Englewood, CO
    • February 2008 to September 2015
  • Lifestyle Lift Center, Surgical Consultant, Denver, CO
    • February 2007 to March 2015
  • Triumph Healthcare Hospital – Wound Care Program, Director, Aurora, CO
    • January 2007 to February 2008
  • Denver Health Medical Center (Chief of Plastic Surgery) - Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
    • September 2005 to June 2009
    • October 2017 to current - Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery - teaching cosmetic surgery to the plastic surgery Chief Residents

Board Certification

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, Certified 2006, Recertified 2017

Other Certifications

  • Microsurgical Techniques Course – IRPS, Ling Zhang, M.D., September 1995
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) – Past


  • Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital/Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
    • Aesthetic Surgery Fellow, July 2004-June 2005
    • Chair: Sherrell J. Aston, M.D.
  • University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, Department of Plastic Surgery, Chattanooga, TN
    • Chief Resident, July 2003-June 2004
    • Resident, July 2002-June 2003
    • Chair: Larry A. Sargent, M.D.
  • Medical College of Georgia, Department of Surgery, Augusta, GA
    • Chief Resident, July 2001-June 2002
    • Surgical Resident (C), July 2000-June 2001
    • Chair: Thomas Gadacz, M.D.
  • Emory University Hospital, Department of Surgery, Atlanta, GA
    • Surgical Resident (P), July 1998-June 2000
    • Surgical Intern (P), July 1997-June 1998
    • Chair: William Wood, M.D.
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA
    • M.D. conferred, May 1997
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    • B.S.E. Bioengineering, Cum Laude, May 1992
    • Honors: Dean’s List, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society

Society Affiliations

  • The Rhinoplasty Society, Active Member
  • American College of Surgeons (FACS), Fellow
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Active Member
  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Active Member
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Active Member
  • European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, Active Member
  • Colorado Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member
  • Colorado Medical Society, Member
  • Denver Medical Society, Member


  • Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Reviewer
  • The Rhinoplasty Society, Corporate Support/Grant/Industry Panel Committee
    • Chair  2016-2017
  • The Rhinoplasty Society, Website Committee 

    • 2016-2018

  • The Rhinoplasty Society, Scientific Program Committee

    • 2013-14

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Information Technology Task Force

    • Chair  2010-2011

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Information Technology Task Force

    • Chair  2010-2011

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Product Development and Market Research Committee 

    • 2010-2011

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) 

    • 2009-2013

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, ECC, Blog subcommittee 

    • 2009-2013

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, ECC, Social Media subcommittee 

    • 2009-2013

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Candidate Committee

    • 2008-2011

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Resident & Fellows Committee 

    • 2005-2011

  • Representative for the State of Colorado, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Government Affairs Council Federal Advocacy Event
    • Washington, D.C. - 2006 to 2007

  • Gerson Lehrman Group Healthcare Council, Member
    • Consultant to industry on issues in plastic surgery

  • Johnson and Johnson PDS Flexible Plate Innovation Summit, Mentor
    • New York, NY – June 2010

  • Skinmedica Young Physicians Summit
    • Carlsbad, CA – September 2010

Honors & Awards

  • Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2009-2011
  • Voted One of the Ten Most Dependable Plastic Surgeons of the Western United States by Goldline Research, Forbes Magazine, October 27, 2008
  • Plastic Surgery In-service Exam  – 90th Percentile
  • Dean’s List, 2001, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, University of Pennsylvania


  • Gurunluoglu R, Shah MH, Kim F.  Microsurgical Penile Replantation after Self-inflicted Amputation in a Schizophrenic Patient: 5-year Followup. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2015 Mar; 3(3): e319 
  • Buford GA, Lucas AR, Fardo D, Shah MH.  Rhinoplasty, Supratip deformity.                Aug 2010.
  • Shah MH  ASPS Federal Advocacy Fly-in Program – A Rookie’s Perspective.  Plastic Surgery News. 40, September 2006.
  • Shah MH, Kasabian AK, Karp NS, Kolker AR, Dublin BA, Zhang L, Sakuma J. Axonal. Regeneration through an Autologous Nerve Bypass: An Experimental Study in the Rat. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 38(4): 408-414, April 1997.
  • Dublin BA, Karp NS; Kasabian AK, Kolker AR, Shah MH. Selective Use of Preoperative Arteriography in Free Flap Reconstruction. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 38(4): 404-407, April 1997.

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