Samir S. Shah, MD, MSCE, MHM
Dr. Samir S. Shah was selected as an MHM in honor of his leadership in hospital medicine as a stellar researcher, devoted mentor, and key contributor to the Society.
He is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, as well as director of the division of hospital medicine and chief metrics officer at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he holds the James M. Ewell Endowed Chair.
“Dr. Shah is a leading figure in the founding and growing of pediatric hospital medicine, ensuring that research is a central focus of this specialty,” Dr. Wellikson said.
“Much of what I’ve done is foundational – developing leaders and creating networks of mentoring relationships and a culture of sponsorship to help others succeed so that we can advance the field and patient care faster and further together,” Dr. Shah said, commenting on his MHM recognition. “I am honored and humbled. I’m proud to have contributed to the academic development of the field through research, mentorship, and sponsorship. My team and my colleagues have helped me to become a better leader. I view this award as a recognition of their efforts to help me advance pediatric hospital medicine as an academic discipline.”
In January 2019, Dr. Shah assumed the role of Journal of Hospital Medicine editor in chief. He has held other leadership positions with the journal, including associate, deputy, and senior deputy editor, since 2009. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and more than 150 book chapters. He is also editor or coeditor of 12 books.
Dr. Shah has also served as the primary research mentor to more than 85 medical students, residents, fellows, junior faculty, and postdoctoral students, and as a career and professional development mentor to countless others. He is the primary research mentor for five current National Institutes of Health or Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality K-series career development award recipients.
Dr. Shah has helped to develop and better leverage data infrastructure to help scale research and link variation in clinical practice to outcomes nationally to determine best clinical practice. For example, he partnered with the Children’s Hospital Association, where he chairs the Pediatric Health Information Research Groups.
“While his individual research accomplishments are exceptional, his more lasting impacts in pediatric hospital medicine are in creating and growing research networks and advancing academic growth of the field,” Dr. Wellikson said.
Dr. Shah received the 2009 Award of Excellence for Research from SHM and has served on both the Awards and Research committees.