Dr. Manish Shah

Dr. Manish Shah is Pediatric Emergency Medicine faculty at Baylor College of Medicine.   He is a national leader in pediatric prehospital care as an educator, advocate, and researcher.

Dr. Manish Shah is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, the Chief of Academic Development and Strategy in the Section of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), and an attending physician in the Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) Emergency Center in Houston, Texas.   After graduating from the University of California-Irvine School of Medicine, he completed his Pediatrics residency at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics, a joint program between Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital Boston and Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center. He completed a Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) fellowship at TCH/BCM, and then completed a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

In the PEM Section of BCM’s Department of Pediatrics, he was the Co-Director of Research Education from 2010-2016 and still plays an active role in the teaching of research-related curriculum for PEM faculty and fellows. This includes curriculum design, lectures, and workshops for the monthly Topics in Research didactic series, Journal Club, and the Advisory Committee on Excellence in Research (ACER), an advisory panel to enhance study design of proposed clinical research studies in the PEM section.

Dr. Shah is most passionate about improving pediatric prehospital care on local, statewide and national levels through advocacy, education, and research. As a former appointed member of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee (NEMSAC) from 2015-2017 and a past chair of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) subcommittee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Emergency Medicine, he continues to collaborate with national stakeholders to enhance awareness of issues of significance in pediatric prehospital care.

To equip the workforce, Dr. Shah has utilized intramural award funding to collaborate with colleagues across the country to develop an online EMS educational resource for physicians, co-create the curriculum and educational research for the Pediatric Simulation Training of Emergency Prehospital Providers (PediSTEPPs) program, and develop an EMS training curriculum for the Botswana Ministry of Health. In addition, he has lectured at the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) and Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Annual Meetings to promote understanding of the special needs of children in the prehospital environment.  Dr. Shah has also taught internationally in Botswana, Mexico, and the Philippines.

Through funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) EMSC program, he served as the Director of the EMSC State Partnership in Texas from 2009-2017 and the Prehospital and State Partnership Domain Lead for the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center from 2016-2018. For both of these EMSC programs, he advocated for enhanced pediatric capability of EMS systems in the United States and conducted health services research on the capability of the EMS system to care for children.

Dr. Shah’s current research interest is to improve pediatric outcomes in the management of prehospital status epilepticus.  His prior research focused on testing the Prehospital Evidence-Based Guideline Model to develop, implement, and study outcomes related to evidence-based protocols for various clinical conditions, including seizures. For this work, he was the Principal Investigator (PI) for two HRSA/EMSC Targeted Issues grants that focused on implementing evidence-based pediatric protocols in large EMS systems in Texas and statewide EMS systems in New England.  Since 2013, he has also served as the site PI for the Charlotte, Houston, and Milwaukee Prehospital (CHaMP) research node, which conducts multi-center research through the HRSA/EMSC-funded Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN).