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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


Samir S. Shah, MD, MSCE, is a pediatric hospital medicine and pediatric infectious diseases physician whose research focuses on improving the efficiency and quality of care of children, particularly those 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. In his role as Chief Metrics Officer at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, he leads cross-departmental efforts to inform measure selection and promote organizational alignment to drive improvement at all levels of the care delivery system.

Dr. Shah serves as 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 vice chair of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network, a hospital-based research network with >120 hospital members and >$28 million in extramural research funding over the past 8 years.

Dr. Shah is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He previously 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, he is 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.

Dr. Shah has received several prestigious awards for his research and leadership, including the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Young Investigator Award, the Society of Hospital Medicine Excellence in Research Award, the Society of Hospital Medicine Teamwork in Quality Improvement Award, the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Award for Excellence in Research, the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Senior Faculty Mentoring Achievement Award, and the Academic Pediatric Association's Miller-Sarkin Mentoring Award.

Additional Languages

Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese

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


Infectious Diseases, Hospital Medicine, Hospital Medicine

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

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:E1-E8.

Care of Pediatric High-Cost Hospitalizations Across Hospital Types. Lopez, MA; Hall, M; Auger, KA; Bettenhausen, JL; Colvin, JD; Cutler, GJ; Fieldston, E; Macy, ML; Morse, R; Raphael, JL; et al. Hospital Pediatrics. 2020; 10:206-213.

Next Steps for Next Steps: The Intersection of Health Policy with Clinical Decision-Making. Sheehy, AM; Masica, AL; Shah, SS. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:5-5.

The prevalence and clinical characteristics of pertussis-associated pneumonia among infants in Botswana. Abu-Raya, B; Goldfarb, DM; Smieja, M; Luinstra, K; Richard-Greenblatt, M; Steenhoff, AP; Feemster, KA; Arscott-Mills, T; Cunningham, CK; Shah, SS; et al. BMC Pediatrics. 2019; 19.

Antibiotics for Aspiration Pneumonia in Neurologically Impaired Children. Thomson, J; Hall, M; Ambroggio, L; Berry, JG; Stone, B; Srivastava, R; Shah, SS. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2019; 14:E1-E8.

The Care of Adult Patients in Pediatric Emergency Departments. Samuels-Kalow, M; Neuman, MI; Rodean, J; Marin, JR; Aronson, PL; Hall, M; Freedman, SB; Morse, RB; Cohen, E; Simon, HK; et al. Academic Pediatrics. 2019; 19:942-947.

Progress (?) Toward Reducing Pediatric Readmissions. Auger, KA; Harris, JM; Gay, JC; Teufel, R; McClead, RE; Neuman, MI; Agrawal, R; Simon, HK; Peltz, A; Tejedor-Sojo, J; et al. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2019; 14:618-621.

Predictors of Bacteremia in Children Hospitalized With Community-Acquired Pneumonia. Lipsett, SC; Hall, M; Ambroggio, L; Desai, S; Shah, SS; Brogan, TV; Hersh, AL; Williams, DJ; Grijalva, CG; Gerber, JS; et al. Hospital Pediatrics. 2019; 9:770-778.

Achievable Benchmarks of Care for Pediatric Readmissions. Montalbano, A; Quinonez, RA; Hall, M; Morse, R; Ishman, SL; Antoon, JW; Gold, J; II, TR J; Mittal, V; Shah, SS; et al. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2019; 14:E1-E7.

Validation of the British Thoracic Society Severity Criteria for Pediatric Community-acquired Pneumonia. Ambroggio, L; Brokamp, C; Mantyla, R; DePaoli, B; Ruddy, RM; Shah, SS; Florin, TA. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2019; 38:894-899.