Tushar Shah, MD

"The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at CHKD enables us to provide the best care to the sickest newborns in the Hampton Roads area. The Division of Neonatology and the Department of Pediatrics at CHKD has provided mentorship and incredible support to enable me to pursue my research and teaching interests."

Dr. Tushar Shah

(757) 668-7456
Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics


Medical School: Mumbai University

Residency: Case Western Reserve University

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


Dr. Shah is a physician-scientist with a passion for evidence-based medicine, hypothesis-driven research, and teaching.

He holds faculty appointments in the divisions of pediatrics, microbiology and molecular cell biology and is an adjunct faculty member in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

As an independent investigator, Dr. Shah’s lab specializes in complement biology, and has been funded by the NIH, Virginia Catalyst and Commonwealth Health Research Board. His lab focuses on understanding the role of inflammation in neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), with the goal of developing new therapeutic strategies.

In addition to his clinical and research endeavors, Dr. Shah also runs a pathophysiology interest group with pediatric house-staff, leading in-depth discussions about mechanisms of neonatal diseases.

Dr. Shah completed his fellowship in neonatology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and holds a masters degree in public health in epidemiology from Emory University in Atlanta.

Clinical Interests
  • Non-Invasive Ventilation
  • Neonatal Brain Injury
  • Point-of-care Ultrasound
Research Areas
  • Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
Honors & Awards
  • Faculty award for excellence in research, CHKD, 2018
  • Professional Enrichment and Growth Award, EVMS, 2017
  • Arlean and Len Fries Award from the Irish American Pediatric Society, 2010
  • Top 5 posters award, American College of Chest Physicians, 2009
  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (Fellow, Member Sections of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, Bioethics) 

Dr. Shah's published research can be viewed at PubMed.

Selected Publications

Shah TA, Nejad JE, Pallera HK, Lattanzio FA, Farhat R, Kumar PS, Hair PS, Bass WT, Krishna NK. Therapeutic hypothermia modulates complement factor C3a and C5a levels in a rat model of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Pediatr Res. 2017 Apr;81(4):654-6621)    

Shah TA, Mauriello CT, Hair PS, Sandhu A, Stolz MP, Bass WT, Krishna NK, Cunnion KM. Clinical hypothermia temperatures increase complement activation and cell destruction via the classical pathway. J Transl Med. 2014 Jun 24;12(1):181.  

Shah TA, Mauriello CT, Hair PS, Sharp JA, Kumar PS, Lattanzio FA, Werner AL, Whitley PH, Maes LA, Cunnion KM, Krishna NK. 2014. Complement inhibition significantly decreases red blood cell lysis in a rat model of acute intravascular hemolysis. Transfusion: 2014 Nov;54(11):2892-900.  

Shah TA, Meinzen-Derr J, Schibler KR. Hospital and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants with Necrotizing Enterocolitis. J Perinatol. 2012 Jul;32(7):552-8   

Shah TA, Hillman NH, Nitsos I, Polglase GR, Pillow JJ, Newnham JP, Jobe AH, Kallapur SG. Pulmonary and Systemic Expression of Monocyte Chemotactic Proteins in Preterm Sheep Fetuses Exposed to LPS Induced Chorioamnionitis. Pediatr Res. 2010 Sep;68(3):210-5.   

Slaughter JL, Pakrashi T, Jones DE, South AP, Shah TA. Echocardiographic Detection of Pulmonary Hypertension in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Requiring Prolonged Positive Pressure Ventilation. J Perinatol. 2011 Oct;31(10):635-40.  

Shah T, Sullivan K, Carter J. Sudden infant death syndrome and reported maternal smoking during pregnancy.Am J Public Health. 2006 Oct;96(10):1757-9.

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