Aalap C Shah

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Assistant Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology
School of Medicine

B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2006, Neuroscience
M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2011

Phone: (206) 849-8439
Email: aalaps@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
101 The City Drive South, B53-226G, Orange CA 92868
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Clinical decision-support; music in medicine; nanoanesthesia
Awards and Honors
2018 Doximity Foundation Award
2017 Hilda Mears Award (Association for Perioperative Practice)
2016 David C. Leach Award (Graduate Medical Education)
2015 Von L. Meyer Travel Award
2015 Hacking Pediatrics: Most Institutional Impact
2015 Frederick P. Cheney Endowment for Anesthesiology Residency Excellence Award
2011 Arnold P. Gold Humanism Society Inductee
2006 Phi Beta Kappa
2004 Provost's Research Award
Short Biography
Aalap Shah, MD is a board-certified anesthesiologist, specializing in general adult and pediatric anesthesiology. He attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, thereafter completing a general anesthesiology residency at the University of Washington and fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and obtaining certification in Lean and Six Sigma methodology. Prior to UCI, Dr. Shah provided clinical anesthesia and independent consulting services for local hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and dental offices, as well as administrative services to community hospitals and medical spas in Los Angeles.

Dr. Shah is passionate about introducing process improvement strategies in the perioperative healthcare arena, in the pursuit of simultaneously improving physician autonomy while achieving the best possible post-operative outcomes for his patients. He has published in peer-reviewed journals on topics including nerve injury, perioperative compliance measures and communication tools, and institution-level quality improvement initiatives. He also contributes op-ed pieces and has appeared on several podcasts and physician media outlets including KevinMD. He is a recipient of the ACGME David Leach Award for his leadership with a multidisciplinary team in improving communication between teams after surgery.

At UCI, Dr. Shah teaches resident trainees in the operating room with a focus on neonatal and pediatric anesthesia and lectures on anesthesia practice management. He is the Informatics Director and involved in several projects related to conservation and sustainability, quality improvement reporting, and clinical decision-support tools. Dr. Shah’s current research interests focus on “minimally invasive” therapies, including the study of music as a therapeutic modality as well as nanoanesthesia.
Shah AC, Nair B, Lang C, Ma K, Neradilek MB, Zucker FH, Lang JD. Safe on Saturday: Elective abdominal and perineal surgeries can be performed on Saturday without increased risk of poor post-operative outcome. Am J Surg. 2019 09; 218(3):462-466. PMID: 31288926

Shah AC, Nair BG, Spiekerman CF, Bollag LA. Process Optimization and Digital Quality Improvement to Enhance Timely Initiation of Epidural Infusions and Postoperative Pain Control. Anesth Analg. 2019 05; 128(5):953-961. PMID: 30138173

Shah AC, Komperda KW, Mavanur AA, Thorpe SW, Weiss KR, Goodman MA. Overall survival and tumor recurrence after surgical resection for primary malignant chest wall tumors: a single-center, single-surgeon experience. J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 2019 May-Aug; 27(2):2309499019838296. PMID: 30939982

Shah AC, Herstein AR, Flynn-O'Brien KT, Oh DC, Xue AH, Flanagan MR. Six Sigma Methodology and Postoperative Information Reporting: A Multidisciplinary Quality Improvement Study With Interrupted Time-Series Regression. J Surg Educ. 2019 Jul - Aug; 76(4):1048-1067. PMID: 30954426

Shah AC, Ma K, Faraoni D, Oh DCS, Rooke GA, Van Norman GA. Self-reported functional status predicts post-operative outcomes in non-cardiac surgery patients with pulmonary hypertension. PLoS One. 2018; 13(8):e0201914. PMID: 30114222

Shah AC, Ng WCK, Sinnott S, Cravero JP. Population analysis of predictors of difficult intubation with direct laryngoscopy in pediatric patients with and without thyroid disease. J Anesth. 2018 02; 32(1):54-61. PMID: 29149429

Shah AC, Nair BG, Spiekerman CF, Bollag LA. Continuous intraoperative epidural infusions affect recovery room length of stay and analgesic requirements: a single-center observational study. J Anesth. 2017 Aug; 31(4):494-501. PMID: 28185011

Shah AC, Oh DC, Xue AH, Lang JD, Nair BG. An electronic handoff tool to facilitate transfer of care from anesthesia to nursing in intensive care units. Health Informatics J. 2019 03; 25(1):3-16. PMID: 29231091

Shah A, Horowitz M. Persistent hemifacial spasm after microvascular decompression: a risk assessment model. Br J Neurosurg. 2017 Jun;31(3):327-335. PMID: 27906546

Thirumala PD, Wang X, Shah A, Habeych M, Crammond D, Balzer JR, Sekula R. Clinical impact of residual lateral spread response after adequate microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm: A retrospective analysis. Br J Neurosurg. 2015;29(6):818-22. PMID: 26098605

Shah AC, Barnes C, Spiekerman CF, Bollag LA. Hypoglossal nerve palsy after airway management for general anesthesia: an analysis of 69 patients. Anesth Analg. 2015 Jan; 120(1):105-20. PMID: 25625257

Grandhi R, Kanaan H, Shah A, Harrison G, Bonfield C, Jovin T, Jankowitz B, Horowitz M. Safety and efficacy of percutaneous femoral artery access followed by Mynx closure in cerebral neurovascular procedures: a single center analysis. J Neurointerv Surg. 2014 Jul;6(6):445-50. PMID: 23868215

Wang X, Thirumala PD, Shah A, Gardner P, Habeych M, Crammond D, Balzer J, Burkhart L, Horowitz M. Microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm: focus on late reoperation. Neurosurg Rev. 2013 Oct;36(4):637-43. PMID: 23749049

Wang X, Thirumala PD, Shah A, Gardner P, Habeych M, Crammond D, Balzer J, Burkhart L, Horowitz M. The role of vein in microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm: a clinical analysis of 15 cases. Neurol Res. 2013 May;35(4):389-94. PMID: 23540407

Wang X, Thirumala PD, Shah A, Gardner P, Habeych M, Crammond DJ, Balzer J, Horowitz M. Effect of previous botulinum neurotoxin treatment on microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm. Neurosurg Focus. 2013 Mar;34(3):E3. PMID: 23452316

Ying T, Thirumala P, Shah A, Nikonow T, Wichman K, Holmes M, Hirsch B, Chang Y, Gardner P, Habeych M, Crammond DJ, Burkhart L, Horowitz M, Balzer J. Incidence of high-frequency hearing loss after microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm. J Neurosurg. 2013 Apr;118(4):719-24. PMID: 23394342

Shah A, Nikonow T, Thirumala P, Hirsch B, Chang Y, Gardner P, Balzer J, Habeych M, Crammond D, Burkhart L, Horowitz M. Hearing outcomes following microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2012 Jul;114(6):673-7. PMID: 22410649

Habeych ME, Shah AC, Nikonow TN, Balzer JR, Crammond DJ, Thirumala PD, Kassam A, Horowitz M. Effect of botulinum neurotoxin treatment in the lateral spread monitoring of microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm. Muscle Nerve. 2011 Oct; 44(4):518-24. PMID: 21826681

Thirumala PD, Shah AC, Nikonow TN, Habeych ME, Balzer JR, Crammond DJ, Burkhart L, Chang YF, Gardner P, Kassam AB, Horowitz MB. Microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm: evaluating outcome prognosticators including the value of intraoperative lateral spread response monitoring and clinical characteristics in 293 patients. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2011 Feb; 28(1):56-66. PMID: 21221005
Professional Societies
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Society for Pediatric Anesthesia
Graduate Programs

Pediatric Anesthesiology (AN)

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