Dr. Neal Shah received his medical degree from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital in Mumbai, India. He completed his internal medicine residency from University at Buffalo and a nephrology fellowship from Brigham and Womens / Massachusetts General Hospital combined fellowship program in 2019 after which he joined Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center as Assistant Professor in Medicine.
Dr. Shah's research interest is the role of human microbiome in health and diseases. He studies the role of bacterial genes within the human body (human bacterial microbiome) with special interest on the blood microbiome. He has published studies showing that human blood is inhabited by a community of bacteria genes that become imbalanced during chronic kidney disease. His research focuses on understanding the factors influencing the composition and balance of the human blood microbiome. His long-term goal is to treat diseases that currently lack adequate treatment by restoring a healthy microbiome balance.
Dr. Shah practices meditation which helps him become sensitive to patients' needs and provides a calming influence on his patients. He believes in Sir William Osler's quote "It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has".