Samir S. Shah, MD, MSCE

Director, Division of Hospital Medicine

Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-6222


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Pediatric infectious diseases; pediatric hospital medicine; community-acquired pneumonia; bacterial meningitis; observational study designs; administrative data sources


Samir S. Shah, MD, MSCE, is a pediatric infectious diseases and pediatric hospital medicine physician whose research focuses on improving the efficiency and quality of care of children hospitalized with common, serious infections such as pneumonia and meningitis. Ongoing projects include studying the comparative effectiveness of different antibiotics in the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia and developing novel databases to conduct comparative effectiveness research.

Dr. Shah is currently the associate chair of the National Pneumonia Guidelines Committee, jointly sponsored by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. He is also an executive council member of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network.

Dr. Shah is an associate editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He also serves on the editorial boards of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine and Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. In addition, he is editor or co-editor of 7 books in the fields of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases including The Philadelphia Guide: Inpatient Pediatrics (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins), and Pediatric Practice: Infectious Diseases (McGraw-Hill Medical), an infectious diseases textbook written for the pediatric generalist.

Dr. Shah has received several prestigious research awards, including the Society of Hospital Medicine Excellence in Research Award, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Burtis Burr Breese Award, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Young Investigator Award.

Education and Training

BA: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1993.

MD: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1998.

Residency: Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2001.

Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2005; Academic General Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2005.

MSCE: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2007.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2001, 2008; Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 2005.


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Predicting adverse outcomes in childhood pneumonia. Principal Investigator. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Jul 2008 - Dec 2011.

PHIS+: augmenting the pediatric health information system with clinical data. Site Principal Investigator. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Sep 2010 - Sep 2013. #R01 HS019862
Pediatric research in inpatient settings: research prioritization for pediatric hospital medicine. Site Principal Investigator. Child Health Corporation of America. Mar 2010 - Feb 2013.

Predicting adverse outcomes in children with community-acquired pneumonia. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Feb 2008 - January 2013. #K01 AI73729.