Neel B. Shah, MD, FIDSA, has received the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Medical Student Research Mentoring Merit Award. This prestigious award initiated by medical student recommendations, is presented to a Longitudinal Research Project (LRP) mentor of a graduating University of Pittsburgh Medical Student in recognition for outstanding mentoring over the course of the LRP and is traditionally presented at the annual Scholars Day gathering. Scholars Day was celebrated virtually this year.

Dr. Shah mentored Valerie Gobao, a graduating Medical Student matching into Internal Medicine at UPMC next year. Ms. Gobao’s Longitudinal Research Project was entitled “Staphylococcus aureus Native Septic Arthritis: a Comparison of Risk Factors and Outcomes between MRSA and MSSA.” A portion of this research was published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases in December 2020. Dr. Shah served as senior author.

Dr. Shah joined the ID division in 2015 at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. His primary role focuses on clinical education and clinical care, especially of orthopedic infections. Dr. Shah was appointed to the position of Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Outreach (CIDO) in 2016. He maintains the ID Division’s social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and ID Pitt Stop, our ID Division blog. Dr. Shah has a stronginterest in fellowship education, and in 2017, he was appointed Associate Program Director for the InfectiousDiseases Fellowship Program.