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Samir S. Shah, MD, MSCE, MHM

  • 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



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


Medications and Adherence to Treatment Guidelines Among Children Hospitalized With Acute COVID-19. Burns, JE; Thurm, C; Antoon, JW; Grijalva, CG; Hall, M; Hersh, AL; Hester, GZ; Korn, E; Reyes, MA; Shah, SS; et al. Pediatrics. 2022.

Variation in bacterial pneumonia diagnoses and outcomes among children hospitalized with lower respiratory tract infections. Cotter, JM; Hall, M; Shah, SS; Molloy, MJ; Markham, JL; Aronson, PL; Stephens, JR; Steiner, MJ; McCoy, E; Collins, M; et al. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2022.

Antibiotics and outcomes of CF pulmonary exacerbations in children infected with MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Cogen, JD; Hall, M; Faino, AV; Ambroggio, L; Blaschke, AJ; Brogan, TV; Cotter, JM; Gibson, RL; Grijalva, CG; Hersh, AL; et al. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 2022.

Epidemiology and management of abdominal injuries in children. Chaudhari, PP; Rodean, J; Spurrier, RG; Hall, M; Marin, JR; Ramgopal, S; Alpern, ER; Shah, SS; Freedman, SB; Cohen, E; et al. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2022; 29:944-953.

Factors Associated With Antibiotic Use for Children Hospitalized With Pneumonia. Cotter, JM; Florin, TA; Moss, A; Suresh, K; Ramgopal, S; Navanandan, N; Shah, SS; Ruddy, RM; Ambroggio, L. Pediatrics. 2022; 150.

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.

Guideline Concordant Antiviral Treatment in Children at High-risk for Influenza Complications. Antoon, JW; Hall, M; Feinstein, JA; Kyler, KE; Shah, SS; Girdwood, ST; Goldman, JL; Grijalva, CG; Williams, DJ. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2022.

Variation in Condition-Specific Readmission Rates Across US Children's Hospitals. Gay, JC; Teufel, RJ; Peltz, A; Auger, KA; Harris, JM; Hall, M; Neuman, MI; Simon, HK; Morse, R; Eghtesady, P; et al. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2022; 22:797-805.

Validation of Prediction Models for Pneumonia Among Children in the Emergency Department. Ramgopal, S; Lorenz, D; Navanandan, N; Cotter, JM; Shah, SS; Ruddy, RM; Ambroggio, L; Florin, TA. Pediatrics. 2022; 150.

Respiratory virus testing and clinical outcomes among children hospitalized with pneumonia. Shapiro, DJ; Thurm, CW; Hall, M; Lipsett, SC; Hersh, AL; Ambroggio, L; Shah, SS; Brogan, TV; Gerber, JS; Grijalva, CG; et al. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2022.

From the Blog

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

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