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The 2016 MedTech Boston 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators


Neel Shah, MD, MPP
Founder at Cost of Care, Associate Faculty at Ariadne Labs
Neel Shah, MD, MPPDr. Neel Shah knew he wanted to be a doctor from the time he was 18 years old. As a medical student he was inspired by his capacity to help others as a doctor; however, it was also during his training that he encountered a problem he couldn’t ignore. “There was one consistent health system failure that I found particularly striking,” says Shah. “Even though we were providing the most expensive services that most Americans will spend money on in their lifetime, nobody could tell anyone what anything costs.”

Shah took a leave of absence to study the economics of the healthcare system at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He found that economists and policymakers didn’t know how healthcare was actually delivered.“I decided that in my career as a clinician, I wanted to find ways to bridge this gap,” Shah says.

Shah went on to write “Understanding Value-Based Healthcare” to help clinicians understand how to care for patients in an era of value-based care, and co-found Costs of Care, a global NGO that aims to find ways to deliver better healthcare at a lower cost. “We achieve this mission through advocacy—building coalitions, strategically timing and framing core messages,” he says.

In addition to being the executive director of Costs of Care, Shah is a practicing obstetrician-gynecologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and associate faculty at the Ariadne Labs for Health Systems Innovation, where he works to “create scalable healthcare solutions that deliver better care at the most critical moments in people’s lives.”

MedTech Boston Staff

    Abigail Ballou, Alexandra David, Shreya Iyer and Casey Nugent contributed to this story.

    6 Comments

    1. Sraliceop@netscape says:

      Congratulations to Call9! I admire the motivation and purpose behind your work. May it enhance the Gift of Life for many people. And it all started with Al and Estelle! My best wishes and prayers!

      Alice Reichmeider, O.P.

    2. Chandra reddy says:

      Nina
      Way to go
      We are all so proud of you

    3. kusuma rao says:

      Hi Nina my name is KusumaRao classmate of your parents at MMC.i want you to know how proud i am of you not just the intelligence but the compassion for others at such an young age.To tell our own self for nthe good of others in not known in indian community. you made all of us feel good keepup the goodwork and God bless you love Kusuma aunty

    4. Dr. Harneet V Thakur says:

      Hi Anshuman,

      I am very proud of you and lucky to have you as my student. It was known during your M.tech project that you will shine. Many best wishes and congratulations. I wish you grand success in all your endevours.

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