Manish Shah, MD, MPH


Vice Chair of Research

The John & Tashia Morgridge Chair of Emergency Medicine Research

Director/KL2 Program, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Co-Lead, Care Research Core - Alzheimer's Disease Research Center


  • 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


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 Vice Chair of Research and holds the John & Tashia Morgridge Chair of Emergency Medicine Research. Dr. Shah also serves as Co-Lead of the Care Research Core at the University of Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC).

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 on improving the care of patients with dementia, especially using advanced technology and community health resources. His work has been funded through NIH early-career and mid-career development awards, including R01/U01 level grants from NIH, AHRQ, CDC, and the ADRC.

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 2021 Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine Academic Career Achievement Award for his significant contributions to improving geriatric emergency care through clinical and translational research.
  • Under the tutelage of Dr. Shah, the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine ranked among the top 20 research programs in the nation by funds awarded in emergency medicine from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2020. Dr. Manish Shah was also ranked among the most highly funded researchers in the field.
  • Dr. Shah was a guest on the Dementia Matters podcast with the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. He also authored an article following the podcast episode: Emergency Care Tips for People with Dementia.
  • UW awarded research funding to identify ways to improve emergency department visits for people with dementia. Major media appearances include a press release from UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) and spotlight feature in Quarterly Magazine, the official magazine for alumni, friends, faculty, and students of the UW SMPH with a readership of over 18,000 across the U.S. and abroad.
  • 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.
  • Dr. Shah presented research on 'Telemedicine for the Dementia Population' at the 2019 Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) in Los Angeles, CA. He was also featured in subsequent interviews with NeurologyLive®, MD Magazine®, and mentioned in nearly 100 other media outlets. Dr. Shah also made a guest appearance on the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center's Dementia Matters podcast. Listen here.
  • The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research reported that Dr. Shah was ranked sixth in the 2019 NIH ranking of individual Emergency Medicine researchers.

Current Research Interests

Geriatric Emergency Medicine
Prehospital Medicine
Clinical Informatics


Geriatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network 2.0 – Advancing Dementia Care (GEAR 2.0 ADC)
Source: National Institute on Aging - NIH
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

WIsconsin Real-time Emergency Department Surveillance and Responsive Training (WIRED-RT)
Source: Wisconsin Partnership Program
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Source: National Institutes of Health
Type: P30
Role: Co-Lead, Care Research Core

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

The Institutional Clinical and Translational Sciences Award
Source: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences - NIH
Type: KL2
Role: Principal Investigator, Director- KL2 Program

Mentoring and Research in Patient-Oriented Geriatric Emergency Care
Source: National Institute on Aging - NIH
Type: K24
Role: Principal Investigator

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