Shimul Shah, MD

Professor of Clinical

Division Chief of Transplantation; Vice Chair for Health Services Research and James and Catherine Orr Endowed Chair of Liver Transplantation

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Shimul Shah, MD

As an academic multi-organ transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon with a special interest in health services research at the University of Cincinnati College Of Medicine, Dr. Shimul Shah strived for clinical excellence, innovation and scholarship in the surgical arena.  Dr. Shah completed his residency training in general surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard Medical School in 2004.  While at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he was the recipient of the Harvard Medical School Teaching Award in 2002 and 2004 as well as the Francis D. Moore Teaching Award in 2004.  Aspiring to be a hepatobiliary surgeon with expertise in transplantation, Dr. Shah then completed a multi-organ transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery fellowship at Toronto General Hospital and the University of Toronto.  While there, he was the recipient of the Paddy Lewis Teaching Award given annually for resident teaching.  His academic career continued at University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2006, where he rose to Associate Professor of Surgery after five years in practice.  In 2011, while on faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Shah received the Frederick J. McCready Award for Resident Teacher of the Year.  In 2012, Dr. Shah transitioned to the University of Cincinnati as Director of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery.  Recently, he was the recipient of the Resident Educator Award given annually to the top faculty teacher in the Department of Surgery. 

Dr. Shah has a very busy clinical practice in liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation.  Additionally, he has a thriving hepatobiliary surgery practice specializing in the care of patients with end-stage liver disease, colorectal cancer metastases, biliary disorders and hepatocellular carcinoma.  The UCMC liver transplant volume has grown three-fold since his arrival in late 2012, and the multidisciplinary program has fostered increased clinical productivity in many different departments at UC Health.  When he arrived at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the program had performed 36 liver transplants the previous year. In 2016 under the leadership of Dr. Shah, the University of Cincinnati surpassed over 100 liver transplants.  In 2015, Dr. Shah received the UC Health Impact Award for his work and has also previously received the American Society of Transplant Surgeons Vanguard Award and the Faculty Development Award.  Finally, through his efforts to provide meticulous clinical care combined with the utmost in customer service for his patients, he was named the first recipient of the James and Catherine Orr Endowed Chair in Liver Transplantation.

In the research arena, Dr. Shah has made contributions to the understanding and management of liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery as it relates to surgical outcomes.  He has also investigated under-utilization and disparities in surgical and cancer care, and authored or co-authored nearly 150 publications and 15 book chapters.  Since being in Cincinnati, Dr. Shah initiated and currently directs the Cincinnati Research in Outcomes and Safety in Surgery (CROSS), a multidisciplinary group focused on health services research that has grown to include six surgical faculty and a research team of over twenty students. More recently, his work has been focused on clinical care and redesign of patient centered care after major surgery.  His group has developed a tele-medical home program for post-liver transplantation patients and published the first pilot program demonstrating its utility and feasibility.  He began a randomized controlled trial to assess the clinical effectiveness of telehealth versus standard of care in October 2016 which will be the first of its kind in surgery and transplantation and has the potential to change the way patients are cared for after major surgery.




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Bachelor's Degree

Pennsylvania State University


Medical Degree

Jefferson Medical College


Research Fellowship

University of Massachusetts Medical School


General Surgery Residency

Brigham and Womens Hospital - Harvard Medical School


Fellowship in Multi-Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery

Toronto General Hospital and Hospital for Sick Children


Master's Degree

Harvard School of Public Health


Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery