Manish Shah, MD, MPH


The John & Tashia Morgridge Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine Research

Director/KL2 Program, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research


  • Undergraduate: The University of Chicago
  • Graduate: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (MPH)
  • Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Residency: The Ohio State University - Chief Resident
  • Fellowship: The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, The University of Chicago

Specialties and Interests

Manish N. Shah, MD MPH is a Professor in the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where he also serves as the Vice Chair of Research and holds the John & Tashia Morgridge Chair for Emergency Medicine Research. Dr. Shah has developed an independently-funded research program dedicated to improving acute illness care for older adults, with a specific focus on developing and testing innovative models of care for acutely ill older adults. His goal is to prevent older adults from needing emergency department care or to develop substitutes for emergency department care. His recent work has been focused in telemedicine and community paramedicine. His work has been funded through NIH early-career and mid-career development awards, as well as R01/U01 level grants from NIH, AHRQ, and the CDC.

Dr. Shah has a deep commitment to training researchers and is increasingly dedicating his efforts to developing the next generation of independent scientists. He has personally mentored many undergraduate, graduate, and medical students; residents; fellows; and faculty. Many are now independent, grant-funded researchers who have had a profound influence within their own fields. His recently awarded NIH Mid-Career Investigator Award (K24) is allowing him to build the pipeline of geriatric emergency medicine researchers. At an institutional level, Dr. Shah is the Director of the NIH-funded KL2 Program at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, serving to train junior faculty researchers from various disciplines. 

Recent Accolades & Media Mentions

Dr. Shah received the 2019 Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine Gerson-Sanders Award, AGEM's highest honor, for his significant contributions to improving geriatric emergency care.

Manish Shah was named to the External Advisory Committee for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training at the University of Cincinnati / Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Manish Shah and Brian Patterson have been awarded a $50,000 ICTR Novel Methods Pilot Award to expand the ED Research Coordinator (EDRC) Program. This Program places a staff member in the ED to identify and enroll patients into research studies. 

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research reported in 2019 that Manish Shah, MD MPH was ranked 5th in the 2018 NIH ranking of individual Emergency Medicine researchers.

Current Research Interests

Geriatric Emergency Medicine
Prehospital Medicine
Antimicrobial Stewardship

Grant Funding

Engineering Safe Care Journeys for Vulnerable Populations
Source: AHRQ
Type: R18
Role: Co-Investigator

Paramedic-Coached ED Care Transitions to Help Older Adults Maintain Their Health
Source: NIH/NIA, Greater Rochester Health Foundation
Type: R01
Role: Principal Investigator

Mentoring and Research in Patient-Oriented Geriatric Emergency Care
Source: NIH/NIA
Type: K24
Role: Principal Investigator