A photo of Samir Shah.

Director, Division of Hospital Medicine

Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

Chief Metrics Officer, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


I’m a pediatric hospital medicine and pediatric infectious disease physician. I am board-certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. My research focuses on improving the efficiency and quality of care of children — particularly those hospitalized with common, serious infections such as pneumonia and meningitis. My goal is to conduct and promote research that makes the world a better place for children.

Over time, my research interests have evolved from focusing on specific diseases, such as pneumonia, to influencing how we can improve care systems to produce better outcomes for our patients. I’m trying to generate evidence to show physicians how to provide better care at a lower cost and develop methods to help health systems do the same. My ongoing projects include identifying benchmarks of care to help hospitals improve patient outcomes and eliminate unnecessary tests and treatments.

I’m honored to have received numerous prestigious awards for my research and leadership, including:

  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Young Investigator Award (2011)
  • Society of Hospital Medicine Excellence in Research Award (2009)
  • Society of Hospital Medicine Teamwork in Quality Improvement Award (2014)
  • Pediatric Hospital Medicine Award for Excellence in Research (2015)
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Senior Faculty Mentoring Achievement Award (2018)
  • The Academic Pediatric Association's Miller-Sarkin Mentoring Award (2015)
  • Master in Hospital Medicine (lifetime achievement award), Society of Hospital Medicine (2019)
  • Academic Pediatric Association's Research Award (2020)

In addition to my clinical and research roles, I serve as chair of the National Pneumonia Guidelines Committee, jointly sponsored by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. I am also vice-chair of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network — a hospital-based research network with more than 120 hospital members and over $28 million in extramural research funding over the past eight years.

I am the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Hospital Medicine. Previously, I served as the clinical review and education editor for JAMA Pediatrics and as a founding associate editor of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. In addition, I have served as editor or co-editor of 12 books in the fields of pediatrics and infectious diseases, including The Philadelphia Guide: Inpatient Pediatrics, Symptom-Based Diagnosis in Pediatrics, Comprehensive Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Essentials for Practice — all published by McGraw-Hill Education, as well as Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 21st edition, published by Elsevier, Inc.

Additional Languages

French, Gujarati, Italian

Clinical Interests

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

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Infectious Diseases, Hospital Medicine

Research Divisions

Hospital Medicine

Blog Posts

School Re-Opening and COVID-19 Research

Community Health

School Re-Opening and COVID-19 Research

Samir S. Shah, MD, MSCE, Katherine A. Auger, MD, MSc ...8/24/2020

COVID-19 School Study in JAMA Tops Most-Shared Findings From July 2020

Infectious Diseases and Vaccines

COVID-19 School Study in JAMA Tops Most-Shared Findings From July 2020

Samir S. Shah, MD, MSCE, Katherine A. Auger, MD, MSc ...8/11/2020

My Education

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.

My Publications

Viral meningitis. Thomson, J; Shah, SS. In: Bope ET; Kellerman RD, Ed. Conn’s Current Therapy. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders; 2020.

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.

Urine neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin in girls with recurrent urinary tract infections. Forster, CS; Loechtenfeldt, AM; Shah, SS; Goldstein, S. Pediatric Nephrology. 2020; 35:2121-2128.

Hospital Observation Status and Readmission Rates. Synhorst, DC; Hall, M; Harris, M; Gay, JC; Peltz, A; Auger, KA; Teufel, RJ; Macy, ML; Neuman, MI; Simon, HK; et al. Pediatrics. 2020; 146:e2020003954-e2020003954.

Variation in Early Inflammatory Marker Testing for Infection-Related Hospitalizations in Children. Markham, JL; Thurm, CW; Hall, M; Shah, SS; Quinonez, R; Tchou, MJ; Antoon, JW; Genies, MC; Parlar-Chun, R; Johnson, DP; et al. Hospital Pediatrics. 2020; 10:851-858.

Trends in use of advanced imaging in pediatric emergency departments, 2009-2018. Marin, JR; Rodean, J; Hall, M; Alpern, ER; Aronson, PL; Chaudhari, PP; Cohen, E; Freedman, SB; Morse, RB; Peltz, A; et al. JAMA Pediatrics. 2020; 174:e202209-e202209.

Estimating Resource Utilization in Congenital Heart Surgery. Pasquali, SK; Chiswell, K; Hall, M; Thibault, D; Romano, JC; Gaynor, JW; Shahian, DM; Jacobs, ML; Gaies, MG; O'Brien, SM; et al. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2020; 110:962-968.

A qualitative stun 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.

Discharge before return to respiratory baseline in children with neurologic impairment. Steuart, R; Tan, R; Melink, K; Chinchilla, S; Warniment, A; Shah, SS; Thomson, J. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:531-537.

Association between Statewide School Closure and COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality in the US. Auger, KA; Shah, SS; Richardson, T; Hartley, D; Hall, M; Warniment, A; Timmons, K; Bosse, D; Ferris, SA; Brady, PW; et al. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2020; 324:859-870.