Mahesh Verma graduated with a degree in dentistry (BDS) from the Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and secured his master’s degree (MDS) from the same institution, specializing in prosthodontics. He joined the Institute of Dental Sciences of Maulana Azad Medical College and became the Head of the institute in 1995. He also did advanced training in prosthodontics at the State University of New York, Buffalo and earned an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi. He is the incumbent Director-Principal of Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (MAIDS), the dental wing of Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi.
Mahesh Verma helped to develop MAIDS from a dental school of meagre proportions into a Centre of Excellence with a daily count of over 1200 inpatients. An Outlook – Marketing and Development Research Associates (MDRA) survey of premier Indian dental schools placed MAIDS as the best dental school in India. MAIDS have either stood first or has been placed at the top in a few other surveys.
A World Health Organization (WHO) fellow, Verma teaches healthcare management at the FMS, Delhi University. He is involved in WHO social and community projects as well as institutional projects of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). One of his projects is the development of indigenous dental implants involving Indian Institute of Technology and the CSIR, funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology.