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Anita Shah, DO, MMS, MPH

  • Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



I love being a pediatrician working directly with children and their families. I care for children in the hospital and it is my joy to connect with families and be a part of their inpatient care team.

I am a child advocate. Before I began my medical training, I learned about the health disparities children face within our healthcare system in terms of access and equity in care. While I interned with the Illinois Campaign for Better Health Care, I learned about the disparities across the state and how that impacted health outcomes. From these experiences, I became incredibly passionate about advocacy and incorporating this into my career. I work closely with my colleagues, community members and professional organizations to deliberately improve the health and well-being of children.

I’m also a Pediatric Learning Health System (PEDSnet) K12 Scholar, supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). My research focuses on the association of social adversity with outcomes after pediatric discharge. I’m on the American Pediatric Association (APA) Health Policy Scholars Program Executive Committee and I serve as a lead for the Healthcare Channel within Joining Forces for Children (a collective impact group centered around building child and family resilience in Greater Cincinnati).

My research interests include resilience, adverse childhood experiences, social determinants of health and trauma-informed care. I use methods that meaningfully include the authentic voices of families and children. My hope is that inpatient hospitalization is an "optimal healing environment" for children and families, meaning the medical team not only works to treat the child’s diagnosis, but also ensures that treatment fits within the context of adversities families have faced in order to improve their resilience.

I am honored to have received several awards during my career, including:

  • Community Advocate Award from the University of Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) (2019)
  • Presidential Scholarship Award for Child Health Policy, Academy Health (2016)
  • Valya E. Visser Award for the Humanities in Pediatric Medicine, Levine Children's Hospital (2011-2014)
  • Pediatric Resident Award for compassion and humanitarianism inpatient and family care, Carolinas Medical Center

Additional Languages

Gujarati, Spanish


Using Geomarkers and Sociodemographics to Inform Assessment of Caregiver Adversity and Resilience. Shah, AN; Rasnick, E; Bhuiyan, MA; Wolfe, C; Bosse, D; Simmons, JM; Shah, SS; Brokamp, C; Beck, AF. Hospital pediatrics. 2022; 12:689-695.

Academic Careers in Advocacy: Aligning Institutional Values Through Use of an Advocacy Portfolio. Bode, SM; Hoffman, BD; Chapman, SH; Kaczorowski, JM; Best, DL; Shah, AN; Nerlinger, AL; Barnard, JA; Loud, KJ; Brophy, P; et al. Pediatrics. 2022; 150.

Faculty Support for Advocacy Is Key to Training the Next Generation of Pediatrician-Advocates. Nerlinger, A; Shah, A. Hospital pediatrics. 2022; 12:e223-e224.

Pediatricians Contributing to Poverty Reduction Through Clinical-Community Partnership and Collective Action: A Narrative Review. Beck, AF; Marcil, LE; Klein, MD; Sims, AM; Parsons, AA; Shah, AN; Riley, CL; Bignall, ON R; Henize, AW; Kahn, RS; et al. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2021; 21:S200-S206.

Convergence in Viral Outbreak Research: Using Natural Language Processing to Define Network Bridges in the Bench-Bedside-Population Paradigm. Powers-Fletcher, MV; McCabe, EE; Luken, S; Wu, D; Hagedorn, PA; Edgerton, E; Koshoffer, A; Washington, D; Kannayyagari, S; Lee, J; et al. Harvard Data Science Review. 2021.

Combinations of adverse childhood events and risk of postpartum depression among mothers enrolled in a home visiting program. Nidey, N; Bowers, K; Ammerman, RT; Shah, AN; Phelan, KJ; Clark, MJ; Van Ginkel, JB; Folger, AT. Annals of Epidemiology. 2020; 52:26-34.

Effect of Parental Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience on a Child's Healthcare Reutilization. Shah, AN; Auger, KA; Sucharew, HJ; Mangeot, C; Childress, K; Haney, J; Shah, SS; Simmons, JM; Beck, AF. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:645-651.

A Qualitative Study of Increased Pediatric Reutilization After a Postdischarge Home Nurse Visit. Riddle, SW; Sherman, SN; Moore, MJ; Loechtenfeldt, AM; Tubbs-Cooley, HL; Gold, JM; Wade-Murphy, S; Beck, AF; Statile, AM; Shah, SS; et al. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:518-525.

Paediatric clinical and social concerns identified by home visit nurses in the immediate postdischarge period. Tubbs-Cooley, HL; Riddle, SW; Gold, JM; Wade-Murphy, S; Auger, KA; Statile, AM; Sucharew, HS; Shah, SS; Simmons, JM; Pickler, RH; et al. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2020; 76:1394-1403.

Comparison of Parent Report with Administrative Data to Identify Pediatric Reutilization Following Hospital Discharge. Statile, AM; White, CM; Sucharew, HJ; Moore, M; Tubbs-Cooley, HL; Simmons, JM; Shah, SS; Auger, KA; Bachus, J; Beck, AF; et al. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2019; 14:411-414.

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