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photo Faraaz Ali Shah, MD, MPH

Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-647-2461

Office: UPMC Montefiore Hospital, NW628
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-2461
Fax: 412-692-2260
Administrative Assistant:
Cindy Hatfield
Address: UPMC Montefiore Hospital, NW628
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-2461
Fax: 412-692-2260
Education and Training
BA, Biology, New York University, 2005
MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2009
MPH, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, 2018
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care, University of Pittsburgh, 2015
Research Interest
Dr. Shah is currently funded on a K23 research award studying the impact of early nutritional support on the development of metabolic dysfunction and hyperglycemia in sepsis with a particular focus on the role of intestinal derived incretin hormones. He is a translational researcher whose work includes studies of glucose metabolism in mouse models of sepsis and clinical trials to improve outcomes in septic patients. He maintains an interest in the long-term cognitive impact of critical illness with an eye toward understanding the mechanisms underlying this complication to build towards future studies.
Educational Interest
Dr. Shah remains involved in teaching principles of critical care management to residents in the Internal Medicine residency programs at UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
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Selected Publications:
Shah, F., Burack, O., Boockvar, K. S. Perceived barriers to communication between hospital and nursing home at time of patient transfer. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2010; 11(4): 239-45.
Shah, F. A., Pike, F., Alvarez, K., Angus, D., Newman, A. B., Lopez, O., Tate, J., Kapur, V., Wilsdon, A., Krishnan, J. A., Hansel, N., Au, D., Avdalovic, M., Fan, V. S., Barr, R. G., Yende, S. Bidirectional relationship between cognitive function and pneumonia. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2013; 188(5): 586-92.
Tate, J. A., Snitz, B. E., Alvarez, K. A., Nahin, R. L., Weissfeld, L. A., Lopez, O., Angus, D. C., Shah, F., Ives, D. G., Fitzpatrick, A. L., Williamson, J. D., Arnold, A. M., DeKosky, S. T., Yende, S., GEM Study Investigators. Infection hospitalization increases risk of dementia in the elderly. Critical Care Medicine. 2014; 42(5): 1037-46.
Singamsetty, S., Shah, F. A., Guo, L., Watanabe, Y., McDonald, S., Sharma, R., Zhang, Y., Alonso, L. C., O'Donnell, C. P., McVerry, B. J. Early initiation of low-level parenteral dextrose induces an accelerated diabetic phenotype in septic C57BL/6J mice. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 2016; 41(1): 12-9.
Shah F.A., Girard T.D., Yende S. Limiting sedation for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome - time to wake up. Current Opinion in Critical Care. 2017; 23(1): 45-51.
Shah F.A., Singamsetty S., Guo L., Chuan B.W., McDonald S., Cooper B.A., O'Donnell B.J., Stefanovski D., Wice B., Zhang Y., O'Donnell C.P., McVerry B.J. Stimulation of the endogenous incretin glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide by enteral dextrose improves glucose homeostasis and inflammation in murine endotoxemia. Translational Research. 2017.
Ioja S., Singamsetty S., Corey C., Guo L., Shah F., Jurczak M.J., McVerry B., Shiva S., O'Donnell C.P. Nocturnal hypoxia improves glucose disposal, decreases mitochondrial efficiency, and increases reactive oxygen species in the muscle and liver of C57BL/6J mice independent of weight change. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity. 2017.
Nolley E., Shah F.A. When Early Antimicrobial Therapy is Not Enough: A Case of Respiratory Failure in a Patient with Chronic Granulomatous Disease. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2018.
Shah F.A., Kistios G.D., Zhang Y., Morris A., Yende S., Huang D.T., O’Donnell C.P., McVerry B.J. Rationale for and Design of the Study of Early Enteral Dextrose in Sepsis: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2019.
Shah F.A., Mahmud H., Gallego-Martin T., Jurczak M.J., O'Donnell C.P., McVerry B.J. Therapeutic Effects of Endogenous Incretin Hormones and Exogenous Incretin-Based Medications in Sepsis. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2019.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Metabolic Effects of Early Nutritional Support in Sepsis: A Translational Investigation
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of General Medical Science
Grant Number: K23 GM122069
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2020
Notable Achievements
Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award, UPMC Department of Internal Medicine, 2013
Clinical Base Year Teacher of the Year Award, UPMC Department of Anesthesia, 2013
ATS Travel Award, 2015
PACCM Robert M. Rogers Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award, 2016
Translational Research Featured New Investigator Award, 2019
Bernie Pennock Outstanding Young Investigator Award, 2019