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 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 to the podcast here.

+ The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research reported in 2020 that Dr. Shah is ranked 7th in the 2019 NIH ranking of individual Emergency Medicine researchers.

Current Research Interests

Geriatric Emergency Medicine
Prehospital Medicine
Clinical Informatics


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

The Institutional Clinical and Translational Sciences Award
Type: KL2
Role: Principal Investigator, Director- KL2 Program

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

Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Source: NIH
Type: P30
Role: Co-Lead, Care Research Core