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photo Christienne Shams, MD

General Internal Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-864-7706

Office: UPMC Shadyside, Ste. 322
5230 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-864-7706
Fax: 412-864-7708
Education and Training
Diploma of Medical Sciences, Northumbria University (Newcastle, ENG), 2009
Honors BS, Specialization in Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa (Ontario, CAN), 2012
MD, Oakland University (Rochester, MI), 2016
Internal Medicine Residency, Beaumont Health (Royal Oak, MI), 2020
Research Interest
Dr. Shams has extensive research experience in gastroenterology, biomechanics, pneumonia, liver failure, and hospital discharges, and has earned several awards for her presentations.

Recent Presentations:

Identifying Predictors of Self-Discharge: An Analysis of Patients Who Leave Beaumont Royal Oak Against Medical Advice. Oral presentation. American College of Physicians Michigan Chapter Annual Meeting, October 2019 (Grand Rapids, MI). Authors: C Shams, K Fernandes, and F Davila.

Pericardioesophageal Fistula Formation Following Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation: Case Presentation with Discussion of Incidence and Treatment. American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting, October 2019 (San Antonio, TX). Authors: C Shams, S Patwardhan, G Kulesza.

Identifying Predictors of Self-Discharge: An Analysis of Patients Who Leave Beaumont Royal Oak Against Medical Advice. Michigan Summit on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, May 2019 (Troy, MI).
Clinical Interest
Dr. Shams is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and staff hospitalist in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Section of Hospital Medicine. She attended medical school at Oakland University’s William Beaumont School of Medicine before completing an internal medicine residency at Beaumont Health in Michigan, where she earned multiple Resident of the Month awards. She joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty in 2020 and works primarily at UPMC Shadyside.
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Selected Publications:
Hakim, S, Aneese, AM, Edhi, A, Shams, C, Purohit, T, Cannon, ME, Cappell, MS. A Statistically Significant Reduction in Length of Stay and Hospital Costs with Equivalent Quality of Care Metrics for ERCPs Performed During the Weekend Versus Postponed to Weekdays: A 6-Year Study of 533 ERCPs at Four Teaching Hospitals. Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 2020; Onlineaheadofprint.
Edhi, AI, Hakim, S, Shams, C, Bedi, D, Amin, M, Cappell, MS. Clarithromycin-Associated Acute Liver Failure Leading to Fatal, Massive Upper Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage from Profound Coagulopathy: Case Report and Systematic Literature Review. Case Reports in Heptatology. 2020; 2020: 2135239.
Shams, C, Cannon, M, Bortman, J, Hakim, S. Stone-Induced Purulent Choledocoduodenal Fistula Presenting with Ascending Cholangitis. ACG Case Reports Journal. 2018; 5: e60.
Shams, C, Hakim, S, Amin, M, Cappell, MS. Case Report and Literature Review Illustrating the Clinical, Endoscopic, Radiologic, and Histopathologic Findings with Prepouch Ileitis after IPAA and Restorative Proctocolectomy for Refractory Ulcerative Colitis. Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine. 2018; 7506069.
Pomajzl, R, Maerz, T, Shams, C, Guettler, J, Bicos, J. A review of the anterolateral ligament of the knee: current knowledge regarding its incidence, anatomy, biomechanics, and surgical dissection. Arthroscopy. 2015; 31(3): 583-91.
Notable Achievements
Society of Hospital Medicine Award, Oct 2019
Resident of the Month, Beaumont Health, Jan and Feb 2019
Outstanding Poster Presentation Award, American College of Gastroenterology National Meeting, Oct 2018
First Prize Poster Presentation, April 2017
Intern of the Month, Beaumont Health, February 2017
Research Award, Oakland University William Beaumont Honors Convocation, July 2016
Global Health Scholar, American Medical Student Association, March 2013