Dr. Shah’s career began with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. This strong foundation in engineering principles, practices and technology has given him an exceptionally deep understanding of the devices used in spine surgery. During his senior year, he received the Margaret and Muir Frey Memorial Prize for innovation and creativity.
After college, Dr. Shah’s focus shifted to the possible applications of that technology for better patient care. At the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, in Brooklyn, he found his niche in orthopedic surgery. At graduation, he was awarded the Christopher Pavlides, MD Memorial Award in recognition of being the top fourth-year medical student entering orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Shah continued his orthopedic surgery training with a residency at Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School, in Newark. There, medical students nominated him for a Golden Apple, an award given to residents who exhibit excellent teaching and mentoring.
Immediately following his residency, Dr. Shah was selected for the coveted spine surgery fellowship offered at New England Baptist Hospital, in Boston. This highly competitive program provides advanced combined training in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, neuroradiology and physical medicine disciplines.