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Samir S. Shah, M.D., M.S.C.E.
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
2008-2011 Cohort
Project Title: “Predicting Adverse Outcomes in Children with Community-Acquired Pneumonia”

About the Project:

This project sought to develop and implement a decision support tool which predicts pneumonia-related outcomes to help optimize management decisions in children with Community-Acquired Pneumonia.


Samir S. Shah, M.D., M.S.C.E. is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is also Director of the Division of Hospital Medicine and an Attending Physician in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  Dr. Shah is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., Biology) and the Yale University School of Medicine.  He completed a residency in Pediatrics as well as fellowships in both Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Academic General Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  He also received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Shah’s research focuses on improving clinical outcomes of children with common childhood infections. Dr. Shah’s previous work includes studies of bacterial and viral meningitis.   His current work focuses on community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), the most common serious bacterial infection of childhood. Dr. Shah’s Physician Faculty Scholars Program project, entitled “Predicting Adverse Outcomes in Children with Community-Acquired Pneumonia,” improved outpatient management decisions and clinical outcomes in children with CAP. He used an established practice-based research network to develop accurate and objective models of prognosis for children with CAP.  These predictive models were incorporated into an electronic health record-based clinical decision support intervention to facilitate the early identification and appropriate referral of high-risk children.  The decision support tools developed as part of this study were exportable to other electronic health record systems to permit external validation and dissemination of advances in the management of childhood pneumonia.

Dr. Shah is a recipient of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society Young Investigator Award and the Society of Hospital Medicine Excellence in Research Award. Dr. Shah is also editor or co-editor of 7 books in the fields of pediatrics and infectious diseases including The Philadelphia Guide: Inpatient Pediatrics (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005), Pediatric Infectious Diseases: The Requisites in Pediatrics (Mosby, 2008), and Pediatric Practice: Infectious Diseases (McGraw-Hill Medical, 2009). Dr. Shah is Deputy Editor for the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Hospital Medicine, founding Associate Editor of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and an editorial board member for Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a leading pediatric epidemiology and health services research journal.

Dr. Shah is a recipient of a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  He also receives funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Child Health Corporation of America to create new research infrastructure by merging administrative and clinical data from tertiary care children’s hospitals through the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network.

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