Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics

Focus of Work

Bio

Seema K. Shah, JD, associate professor in pediatrics at Northwestern University Medical School and Associate Director of the Bioethics Program at Lurie Children’s Hospital, is an expert in the fields of pediatrics and global health research ethics, as well as on ethical issues in the determination of death. After attending Stanford University, Shah completed a fellowship in bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center. She then received legal training at Stanford and in a...[Read full text]Seema K. Shah, JD, associate professor in pediatrics at Northwestern University Medical School and Associate Director of the Bioethics Program at Lurie Children’s Hospital, is an expert in the fields of pediatrics and global health research ethics, as well as on ethical issues in the determination of death. After attending Stanford University, Shah completed a fellowship in bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center. She then received legal training at Stanford and in a federal district court clerkship. Before coming to the Seattle Children’s, she was faculty at the NIH in the Department of Bioethics, with a joint appointment at the Division of AIDS. Shah has chaired an NIH committee on ethical considerations in conducting Zika virus human challenge trials, and lectured on the ethics of clinical research at conferences run by PRIM&R, ASBH, IAB, ASTMH, and internationally in such locations as Botswana, South Africa, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, and Zimbabwe.[Shorten text]

Academic Focus

Seema Shah's research is focused around the following question: When is it ethically and legally acceptable to expose some people to risk for the benefit of others? She has examined this in several different domains, including HIV/AIDS research, pediatric research, and the ethics of human challenge trials.

Education and Certification

  • JD: Stanford University Law School, Law (2005)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bioethics (2002)
  • Board Certification: Member, California State Bar

Contact

312-227-1104

680 N Lake Shore Drive, Suite 13-111
Chicago IL 60611

 
 

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