Neha S. Shah fondly recalls her third year at the University of Florida in the Junior Honors Medical Program. It was a year of scientific inquiry, personal growth, and special friendships. She valued the close relationships she was able to develop with faculty mentors and also felt the program opened up avenues for research and scholarship not available to many others. She appreciated the emphasis placed on lifelong learning by the JHMP that has enabled her to continue to grow as a healer and teacher. Dr. Shah graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1999, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Miami. She went on to train in Immunology & Rheumatology at Stanford University. After fellowship, Dr. Shah spent several years in private practice in Florida and then Illinois.
Stemming from her Indian heritage, Dr. Shah’s interest in Ayurveda, complementary and alternative medicine was further nurtured by Dr. John Graham-Pole’s unique Arts in Medicine program at the University of Florida. She pursued further training in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona from 2011 to 2013. In 2014, she returned to her home state of California to join the faculty in Immunology & Rheumatology at Stanford University as a Clinician Educator. Her academic and clinical expertise is in nutrition and lifestyle management of chronic autoimmune diseases. She is thrilled to be educating the next generation of physicians to think outside the box and treat the whole patient. She will always appreciate the strong educational foundation she received at the University of Florida. Go Gators!