Sachin Shah, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

I am an internist and clinical epidemiologist whose scholarship aims to improve the care of older, vulnerable adults. My research goals are to:

1. Individualize treatment decisions for older adults facing high stakes therapeutic decisions by studying atrial fibrillation in older adults as a model condition
2. Measure vulnerability and describe the settings in which vulnerability results in poor health outcomes
3. Build evaluation into the design of population health interventions

To accomplish this, I work collaboratively with physicians, nurses, statisticians, informaticists, economists, and epidemiologists. We use descriptive methods, causal inference tools, and randomized trials to advance these goals.
2018 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
2017 - Masters in Public Health, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
2017 - General Medicine and Population Health Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital
2015 - Medicine Chief Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital
2014 - Medicine Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
2011 - MD, Yale University School of Medicine
2005 - ScB, Brown University
Honors and Awards
  • Junior Investigator Recognition Award (most outstanding article by junior faculty), Annals of Internal Medicine and American College of Physicians, 2018
  • Young Investigator Award, American Heart Association Council on Quality and Outcomes Research, 2017
  • Ferris Prize for Outstanding Thesis, Yale University, 2011
  • Farr Scholar (excellence in research), Yale University, 2009
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University, 2005
  1. Sachin J Shah, Utibe R Essien. Equitable Representation in Clinical Trials: Looking Beyond Table 1 (in press) 2015 Year Book of Pediatrics. Ed. Cabana MD. (Elsevier; Philadelphia, PA). 2022. PMID:

  2. Shah SJ, Essien UR. Equitable Representation in Clinical Trials: Looking Beyond Table 1. 2015 Year Book of Pediatrics. Ed. Cabana MD. (Elsevier; Philadelphia, PA). 2022. PMID: 35418248

  3. Shah SJ, Covinsky KE. Follow-up Duration and Gender Differences in a Study of Older Adults Living Alone-Reply. 2015 Year Book of Pediatrics. Ed. Cabana MD. (Elsevier; Philadelphia, PA). 2022. PMID: 35254382

  4. Sachin J Shah, Kenneth E Covinsky. Do Anticoagulants Preserve Function and Quality of Life in Older Adults with Atrial Fibrillation? (in press) 2015 Year Book of Pediatrics. Ed. Cabana MD. (Elsevier; Philadelphia, PA). 2022. PMID:

  5. Shah SJ, Fang MC, Wannier SR, Steinman MA, Covinsky KE. Association of Social Support With Functional Outcomes in Older Adults Who Live Alone. 2015 Year Book of Pediatrics. Ed. Cabana MD. (Elsevier; Philadelphia, PA). 2021. PMID: 34779818

  6. Malevanchik L, Wheeler M, Gagliardi K, Karliner L, Shah SJ. Disparities After Discharge: The Association of Limited English Proficiency and Postdischarge Patient-Reported Issues. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety. 2021. PMID: 34627715

  7. Wray CM, Tang J, Shah S, Nguyen OK, Keyhani S. Sociodemographics, Social Vulnerabilities, and Health Factors Associated with Telemedicine Unreadiness Among US Adults. 2015 Year Book of Pediatrics. Ed. Cabana MD. (Elsevier; Philadelphia, PA). 2021. PMID: 34331214

  8. Parks AL, Jeon SY, Boscardin WJ, Steinman MA, Smith AK, Fang MC, Shah SJ. Long-term individual and population functional outcomes in older adults with atrial fibrillation. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2021. PMID: 33675093

  9. Iverson NR, Lau CY, Abe-Jones Y, Fang MC, Kangelaris KN, Prasad P, Shah SJ, Najafi N. Evaluation of a novel metric for personalized opioid prescribing after hospitalization. PloS one. 2020. PMID: 33382802

  10. Mick E, Kamm J, Pisco AO, Ratnasiri K, Babik JM, Castañeda G, DeRisi JL, Detweiler AM, Hao SL, Kangelaris KN, Kumar GR, Li LM, Mann SA, Neff N, Prasad PA, Serpa PH, Shah SJ, Spottiswoode N, Tan M, Calfee CS, Christenson SA, Kistler A, Langelier C. Upper airway gene expression reveals suppressed immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 compared with other respiratory viruses. Nature communications. 2020. PMID: 33203890

  11. Makam AN, Nguyen OK, Miller ME, Shah SJ, Kapinos KA, Halm EA. Comparative effectiveness of long-term acute care hospital versus skilled nursing facility transfer. BMC health services research. 2020. PMID: 33176767

  12. Shah SJ, Fang MC, Jeon SY, Gregorich SE, Covinsky KE. Geriatric Syndromes and Atrial Fibrillation: Prevalence and Association with Anticoagulant Use in a National Cohort of Older Americans. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2020. PMID: 32989731

  13. Shah SJ, Barish PN, Prasad PA, Kistler A, Neff N, Kamm J, Li LM, Chiu CY, Babik JM, Fang MC, Kangelaris KN, Langelier C, Abe-Jones Y, Alipanah N, Alvarez FN, Botvinnik OB, Castaneda G. Clinical features, diagnostics, and outcomes of patients presenting with acute respiratory illness: A retrospective cohort study of patients with and without COVID-19. EClinicalMedicine. 2020. PMID: 32864588

  14. Shah SJ, Singer DE, Fang MC, Reynolds K, Go AS, Eckman MH. Net Clinical Benefit of Oral Anticoagulation Among Older Adults With Atrial Fibrillation. Circulation. Cardiovascular quality and outcomes. 2019. PMID: 31707823

  15. Shah SJ, Eckman MH. Restarting Anticoagulants after a Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage-Between Rockall and a Hard Place. Journal of hospital medicine. 2019. PMID: 31251722

  16. Shah SJ, Singer DE. Stroke Rate Variation and Anticoagulation Benefit in Atrial Fibrillation. Annals of internal medicine. 2019. PMID: 31158861

  17. Oseran AS, Lage DE, Jernigan MC, Metlay JP, Shah SJ. A "Hospital-Day-1" Model to Predict the Risk of Discharge to a Skilled Nursing Facility. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2019. PMID: 31133235

  18. Shah SJ, Schwamm LH, Cohen AB, Simoni MR, Estrada J, Matiello M, Venkataramani A, Rao SK. Virtual Visits Partially Replaced In-Person Visits In An ACO-Based Medical Specialty Practice. Health affairs (Project Hope). 2018. PMID: 30633681

  19. Shah SJ, Eckman MH, Aspberg S, Go AS, Singer DE. Effect of Variation in Published Stroke Rates on the Net Clinical Benefit of Anticoagulation for Atrial Fibrillation. Annals of internal medicine. 2018. PMID: 30264130

  20. Lage DE, Jernigan MC, Chang Y, Grabowski DC, Hsu J, Metlay JP, Shah SJ. Living Alone and Discharge to Skilled Nursing Facility Care after Hospitalization in Older Adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2017. PMID: 29072783

  21. Venkataramani AS, Shah SJ, O'Brien R, Kawachi I, Tsai AC. Health consequences of the US Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration programme: a quasi-experimental study. The Lancet. Public health. 2017. PMID: 29253449

  22. Shah SJ, Cronin P, Hong CS, Hwang AS, Ashburner JM, Bearnot BI, Richardson CA, Fosburgh BW, Kimball AB. Targeted Reminder Phone Calls to Patients at High Risk of No-Show for Primary Care Appointment: A Randomized Trial. Journal of general internal medicine. 2016. PMID: 27503436

  23. Hwang AS, Atlas SJ, Cronin P, Ashburner JM, Shah SJ, He W, Hong CS. Appointment "no-shows" are an independent predictor of subsequent quality of care and resource utilization outcomes. Journal of general internal medicine. 2015. PMID: 25776581

  24. Ben-Josef G, Ott LS, Spivack SB, Wang C, Ross JS, Shah SJ, Curtis JP, Kim N, Krumholz HM, Bernheim SM. Payments for acute myocardial infarction episodes-of-care initiated at hospitals with and without interventional capabilities. Circulation. Cardiovascular quality and outcomes. 2014. PMID: 25387777

  25. Shah SJ, Krumholz HM, Reid KJ, Rathore SS, Mandawat A, Spertus JA, Ross JS. Financial stress and outcomes after acute myocardial infarction. PloS one. 2012. PMID: 23112814

  26. Kulkarni VT, Shah SJ, Bernheim SM, Wang Y, Normand SL, Han LF, Rapp MT, Drye EE, Krumholz HM. Regional associations between Medicare Advantage penetration and administrative claims-based measures of hospital outcomes. Medical care. 2012. PMID: 22456113