Dr. Shah is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is also Director of the Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF) Program in the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and a member of the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute and Center for Genetic Medicine at Northwestern University.
Dr. Shah’s research interests include understanding the physiology, mechanisms, and epidemiology of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction; the genetics of cardiac structure and function, including ventricular-arterial coupling and cardiac mechanics; and the physiology, mechanisms, and risk prediction of pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Shah has expertise in cardiac mechanics, ventricular-arterial coupling, genetics of complex traits, and cardiovascular epidemiology. In 2007, Dr. Shah won the Jay N. Cohn, MD New Investigator Award from the Heart Failure Society of America. He was also the recipient of an AHA National Scientist Development Grant, and several other career development awards. Dr. Shah is currently principal investigator of an NIH R01 grant to study the acquired and genetic risk factors for abnormal cardiac mechanics in the HyperGEN study, and he is consortium principal investigator on two additional NIH R01 grants. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed research articles.
Dr. Shah has major teaching roles in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He directs cardiovascular education for the first- and second-year medical school curricula including the Science in Medicine and course. He is also one of 8 thesis advisors for the Area of Scholarly Concentration Program for the medical school. In 2010, he was the winner of the George Joost Teacher-of-the-Year Award, the highest teaching award for basic science education at the medical school. He is also the only cardiologist at Northwestern to be elected to the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME). Dr. Shah has received multiple teaching awards at UCSF and Northwestern, most recently the American College of Cardiology W. Proctor Harvey Teaching Award.
Dr. Shah specializes in echocardiography, heart failure, and pulmonary hypertension. In 2007, he started the Northwestern University HFpEF Program, the first of its kind, now caring for over 1200 patients with HFpEF. Since arriving at Northwestern in 2007, he also obtained funding from the Northwestern Memorial Foundation to co-develop the multidisciplinary Northwestern Pulmonary Hypertension Program. Dr. Shah cares for high acuity patients with complex cardiovascular disease, and has therefore developed clinical collaborations with several other Northwestern colleagues: He is the cardiologist for the Northwestern Scleroderma Program, the Northwestern Amyloidosis Program, the Northwestern Immunotherapy Program, and the Northwestern Kovler Center for Organ Transplantation.