Neeral L. Shah, MD, an associate professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, is one of nine University of Virginia faculty members to receive a 2016 All-University Teaching Award. The awards were presented at a banquet on April 27th.
Gastroenterology division chief Steven Cohn called Dr. Shah an “outstanding educator” and said, “I can think of no one more deserving of such an honor.” Department of Medicine chair Mitch Rosner echoed that sentiment, saying Shah “continues to set the highest example for all educators, and his dedication to students, residents and fellows is unparalleled.”
His nominators stressed that Shah taught them the importance of a physician’s bedside manner and of establishing rapport with patients. “He takes concepts out of the book and applies them to patients,” one student wrote.
Shah, who has been at UVA for 8 years, serves as associate program director of DOM’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, and also oversees the division’s transplant hepatology fellowship. He helped develop the latest redesigned pre-clerkship curriculum for the first two years of medical school, and is a member of the Committee on Residency Education (CORE).