Herbert S. Birnbaum, DMD
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Meet Dr. Birnbaum

Herbert S. Birnbaum, DMD

Herbert S. Birnbaum, D.M.D.

Herbert S. Birnbaum received his B.A. from Brandeis University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in an accelerated three year course of study. In 1980 he received his D.M.D. degree from the Henry M. Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry at Boston University. While in dental school, he was chosen by the international student body of the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity to serve as International Undergraduate Representative. He then completed a residency in General Dental Practice at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and Montefiore Hospital, and subsequently returned to his hometown of Newton, Massachusetts, where he established his private practice of general dentistry.

A Respected, Recognized Leader in the Dental Field

A longtime faculty member in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Birnbaum served as Faculty Supervisor of Harvard’s Licensed Practitioner Clinic. He is the recipient of recognitions and commendations from his patients, students and colleagues alike. He has repeatedly been recognized as one of Boston’s Top Rated Dentists by the Boston Consumers’ Checkbook and received the Faculty Award from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine – the highest award bestowed upon a faculty member by the graduating class. His faculty colleagues elected him to serve as President of the Harvard Odontological Society and to membership in the American Academy of Dental Sciences and Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor dental societies. He was chosen to be Co-Chairman of the Harvard Tree of Peace initiative, honoring the global reach of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and its quest to promote peace throgh professional collaboration. Dr. Birnbaum has also taught Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry at Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and has been recognized by the school for his excellence in mentoring students as part of Boston University’s Apex Program.

Carrying on the Legacy of Leading-Edge Dental Care

The credentials and accolades, however, explain only part of what makes the dental practice of Dr. Herbert Birnbaum so uniquely inviting. Outside of the dental school setting and even preceding it, Dr. Birnbaum was mentored by his father, Jacob Birnbaum, a highly respected dental technician, dental educator and leader, who served as President of the Dental Laboratory Association of Massachusetts and taught at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. For the first 14 years of Dr. Herbert Birnbaum’s career, he had the privilege of practicing in the room adjacent to his father’s dental laboratory, in his parents’ home. The high standards and precision of his father were a molding force for Dr. Birnbaum, and the warmth and genuine caring cultivated in the home office setting with his mother assisting him chairside were a magnet for patients. When his father retired, in 1994, Dr. Birnbaum and his wife, Connie, continued the tradition by building a new home office just down the street. Their office, shortly thereafter, was highlighted as a model for a home office in a textbook on dental office design published by Dental Economics.


Active in the Dental & Local Communities

Dr. Birnbaum is active in the dental community and in an array of community-wide causes  and organizations.  For his many contributions, he received the Dean's Community Service Faculty Award from the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Read more about the Dean's Community Service Faculty Award.

He serves in the following organizations:

  • President, Harvard Odontological Society: Continuing Education Committee, Department of Restorative Dentisty and Biomaterials Sciences, Harvard School of Dental Medicine 
  • Past Chapter President and International Undergraduate Representative, Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity
  • Board of Directors, Jerusalem Dental Center for Children
  • Co-Chairman of the Board, Congregation Beth El Atereth Israel, Newton Massachusetts
  • Founder and Sponsor, Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture
  • American Dental Association
  • Massachusetts Dental Society
  • Metropolitan District Dental Society
  • Committee Member, Yankee Dental Congress
  • American Academy of Dental Sciences 
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon

Dr. Birnbaum is supported by a team of skilled professionals who are experienced in providing compassionate and individualized care. Please learn more about our team by visiting the Meet our Staff page. We also invite you to learn about the services and treatments we provide and read about what makes our office so special to our patients from the neighborhood and beyond.


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Office Location

  • Newton Centre
  • 670 Beacon Street
  • Newton Centre, MA
  • 02459
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