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Nirav Shah M.D. Board Certified Neurosurgeon C.V.

Licensure/Boards: November 24, 2009 ABNS Board Certified in Neurological Surgery


High School:
North Penn High School, Lansdale, PA
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  Accellerate BS-MD Program  
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 
Jefferson Medical College
University of Maryland Medical Systems, Baltimore, MD
University of Maryland Medical Systems, Baltimore, MD
Chief Residency:
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Howard Eisenber, Chairman


Greater Baltimore Medical Center-Spine Center
Baltimore, MD

Directors: Dr. Reginald Davis, Dr. Amiel Bethel

Description: 6 month apprenticeship in complex spine surgery

§   Posterolateral lumbar interbody fusion

§    Anterior lumbar interbody fusion

§    Transforamenal lumbar interbody fusion

§    Minimally invasive spinal surgery

- Metrx (Medtronic/Sofamor Danek) – Lumbar discectomy with interbody graft

- Sexton (Medtronic/Sofamor Danek)– Pedicle screw fixation

- Pathfinder(SpineTech/Spinal Concepts) – Pedicle screw fixation

§     Anterior and posterior cervical spine decompression/instrumentation

- Medtronic/Sofamor Danek
        – Zephyr, Premier, Atlantis anterior plates
        -Vertex posterior instrumentation

- SpineTech/Spinal Concepts
        – Accufix plate

§    Artificial lumbar and cervical disk trials (animal and human)

§    BAK/PEEK cage implants

§    Facet/Epidural blocks

Maryland Shock Trauma Center
Baltimore, MD

Neurotrauma/Spinal trauma

Directors: Dr. Bizhan Arabi

Description: Extensive 6 month rotation in neurotrauma

§    Intracranial/craniofacial reconstruction/spinal cord injury

University of Maryland
Baltimore, MD

Radiosurgery/Gamma Knife Internship

Directors: Dr. Lawrence Chin, Dr. Marc Simard, Dr. Howard Eisenber

Description: One Year clinical duties in planning and managing gamma knife cases/clinic

§    Metastasis, meningiomas, trigeminal neuralgia, primary tumors, skull base tumors, arteriovenous, malformations, movement disorders, pituitary tumors

§    Applying for fellowship accreditation


- Microendoscopic Diskectomy Workshop              Baltimore, MD - January 2004

- AANS/CNS Joint Section Neurotrauma                 Pittsburgh, PA - February 2004

     Synthes Senior Resident Course

- Medtronic/Sofamore Danek

     MAST-Minimal Access Spinal Technologies     Memphis, TN - March 2004

     Hands on Course

- Armed Forces Institute of Pathology                   Washington, DC - February 2003

     Review Course

- Congress of Neurological Surgeons                    Denver, CO - October 2003

     *3 abstract presentations

     Bryan Cervical Disk Prosthesis Workshop

     Basics of Spinal Stabilization, Fusion, & Instrumentation

               Congress of Neurological Surgeons

     Medtronic/Sofamor Danek Head Start

               Spinal workshop for Senior Residents

- Synthes Craniofacial Workshop                          Baltimore, MD - December 2003

- Medtronic/Sofamore Danek

     STEALTH Neuronavigation Training                 Baltimore, MD - March 2002

- Temporal Bone Dissection Course                     Baltimore, MD - December 2002

     University of Maryland

- Biomedical Engineering Internship                    Philadelphia, PA - January 1995


Junior year Alpha Omega Alpha honor society – treasurer/secretary 1998-1999
Hobart Amory Hare Internal Medicine Honor Society- top ⅓ clinical medicine grade
Neuroscience course HIGH HONORS
Jefferson Medical College Student Researcher Award Recognition – 1998
Abstract: Pharmokinetics of n-Alkanols on Single Shaw Potassium Channels Exposed in Xenopus Oocytes
High Honors: Neurosurgery clerkship (1998-1999)
High Honors: Internal Medicine (1998-1999)
High Honors: Emergency Medicine (1998-1999)
Under Graduate:
Phi Beta Kappa
Cumulative Grade Point Average 3.87
Bachelor of Science, 1997

Article Publications:

1.   Shah, N.K., Chin, L.S.: Differences in the Radiosurgical Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia with CAT scan versus MRI. Journal of Neurosurgery. Pending Review 2003-2004.>/P>

2.   Shah, N.K., Chin, L.S.: Use of 3-telsa MRI in the Radiosurgical Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia. Nurosurgery On-Line. 2004.

3.   Shah, N.K., Simard, J.M.: Radiosurgery of Giant AVM;s – A Stepwise Approach. Journal of Neurosurgery. Pending Review 2003-2004.

4.   Covarrubias, M., Shah, N.K., Jerng, H.:Study the Action of n-Alkanols on the Properties of Single SHAW2 Potassium Channels Expressed in Xenopus Oocytes. Journal of Biological Chemsitry, 1998.

5.   Shah, N.K., A.E., Dagher, A.P., Herbsion, G.J.: Data-Derived Bayesian Network for the Interpretation and Prognostication of MRI and Clinical Variables in Cervical Spine Trauma. The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 20(1):144, January 1997.

6.   Shah, N.K., Chant, J., Shah, K.K. Development of Image Acquisition and Computer Modeling for Medical Precision Instruments. Algor Bioengineering Design, 10(2):5-8, 1994.

Book Chapter Publications:

1.   Shah, N.K., Chin, L.S.: Complications in Gamma Knife Treatment. Gamma Knife Review. Current project 2003-2004.

2.   Shah, N.K., Simard, J.M.: The Clinical Use of Magnesium Sulfate in the Treatment of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Vasospasm. Neuromicrovascular Symposium. Meeting Presentation, Chicago, IL. March 2003

3.   Shah, N.K.: Pathology, Radiology, and Physiology Review for the Neurosurgey Boards. University of Marland Department of Neurosurgery Resident Board Review Materials. March 2003.

4.   Shah, N.K.: Prognosis. Annual Student Journal Publication. December 1995.

Oral Presentations/ Meeting Abstracts:

1.   Shah, N.K.: Role of Neurosurgery in Oncology. St. Mary Medical Center Oncology Conference for Primary Care Practitioner. Langhorne, PA. June 2006

2.   Shah, N.K, Traumatic Brain Injury and Intracranial Pressure Monitoring. Nursing In-service St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, PA. May 2006

3.   Shah, N.K., Traumatic Brain Injury and Intracranial Pressure Monitoring. Nursing In-service St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, NJ, May 2006

4.   Shah, N.K.: Thoracolumbar Stabilization. AANS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA. April 2006.

5.   Shah, N.K.: Physician/Sales Representative Relations. Abbott Spine National Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. April 2006.

6.   Shah, N.K., Davis, R.: Correlation between Risk Factors and Lumbar Fusion Rates. Pending Acceptance. Spinal Instrumentation Section Meeting. Las Vegas, NV. April 2004.

7.   Shah, N.K: Radiosurgery of Giant AVMs A New Perspective in the Controversial Treatment of Giant AVMs. Congress of Neurological Surgeons. October 2003.

8.   Shah, N.K.: Radiosurgical Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia in MRI contraindicated patients. Congress of Neurological Surgeons. October 2003.

9.   Shah, N.K.: Effect of 3-telsa MRI on the Radiosurgical Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia. Congress of Neurological Surgeons. October 2003.

10.   Shah, N.K., Simard, J.M.: Multiple Additive Subtherapeutic Radiosurgical Treatments to Giant AVMs. International Meeting on Microvascular/Vascular Research. Philippines. May 2003.

11.   Shah, N.K., Flanders, A.E.: Practical Aspects on the Use of Bayesian Belief Networks in Cervical Spine Trauma. American Spinal Injury Association Meeting. Houston, TX. March 1997.



     - Ran multiple annual marathons

     - Ran competitively for high school and college (Pennsylvania State University)

       (Specialized in 800-meter run, best time 1 minute 53 seconds)

     - Currently run 3-5 times a week


     – Sincere interest in cultivating and exploring my own bias toward poetry

     - Original work, The Respite submitted to Poetry Society Magazine, May 1998.


     - Original work, “An Idea for Health Care Reform.” (The Pennsylvania State University Literary Journal, 15(1): 63-66, 1994).




Rugby - Played in medical school competitive league

Public/Community Volunteering

     - Mother Theresa Home for the Indigent, Norristown, PA, 2-3 times monthly

     - American Red Cross, Baltimore MD/Lansdale PA; risk-prevention counselor

     - Literary Tutor, Mayors Commission on Literacy, Philadelphia, PA

     - Big Brother Volunteer, Baltimore, MD/Philadelphia, PA

Dr Nirav Shah

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