Neel Shah

Neel Shah

Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP is the founder and executive director of Costs of Care, and a Harvard-affiliated ob/gyn who delivers babies, provides primary care and performs surgery. His patients have taught him that even the best doctors sometimes overlook something critical—the bill.

His writing and research focuses on deflating medical bills by helping caregivers make high-value decisions. Dr. Shah’s views on the role of physicians in controlling healthcare costs have been quoted in the New York Times, on National Public Radio, on ABC Television, and in other outlets.

Dr. Shah is a member of the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians (HMFP) practice and the Division of Quality, Safety, and Performance Improvement in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also a faculty investigator at the Ariadne Labs for Health Systems Innovation at the Harvard School of Public Health. His research aims to improve childbirth in the U.S. and other high-income countries that currently face unacceptably high rates of cesarean delivery and neonatal intensive care.

In addition, he serves as an editor at JAMA Internal Medicine for the “Less is More: Teachable Moments” series and is a co-author of the forthcoming textbook from McGraw-Hill, Understanding Value-Based Care. In 2009, he founded Costs of Care, a nationally recognized nonprofit that helps caregivers deflate medical bills.

Dr. Shah completed residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital and received joint degrees in medicine and public policy from Brown University and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Recent Articles by Neel Shah

A Simple Way for Physicians to Take Action Against Overtreatment

“The plural of 'anecdote' is 'policy',” medical historian and health policy expert Dan Fox famously stated. Sometimes a good anecdote can be worth a thousand academic papers in motivating change, and right now healthcare is at a cultural crossroads. In the current medical world, the default is for more healthcare – more testing, more treatments, […]

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