Dr. Shazia Shah has taken her rich history serving patients in hospital and office settings and opened an internal medicine practice. The goal: to create long-term relationships with her patients as a way to provide the very best care.

Dr. Shah earned her medical degree from the New York Institute of Technology in 1996 and completed her internship and residency from Maimonides Medical Center in New York. Upon moving to New Jersey, she worked as clinic physician and hospitalist at Capital Health Systems in Trenton. There Dr. Shah managed her own patient panel in-office and in-hospital, as well as collaborated with advanced nurse practitioners (ANP).

She then progressed to faculty and assistant professor of internal medicine (through Seton Hall University) and assistant program director of internal medicine residency program at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton.

“My work at St. Francis had many facets,” Dr. Shah explained. “I gave lectures to medical students, interns, and residents. I administered clinical exams and assessments to ensure everyone was functioning at high levels. In addition, I worked in the medical clinic and managed our hospitalized patients.”

Dr. Shah then honed her craft as the medical director of the hospitalist program at Meridian while also working in private practices in Middlesex and Mercer counties. At Meridian, she was in charge of a staff of six board-certified physicians plus three ANPs and physician assistants (PAs). She and her team worked in-hospital to take care of patients from the time they came to the emergency room through discharge. They evaluated, diagnosed, ordered tests, and managed patients requiring all levels of care, including severely ill patients on the intensive care unit.

This position allowed utilization of Dr. Shah’s ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and Intubation (emergency airway creation) skills.

“I’m thrilled to have a practice where I can apply my 20 years of experience and skills to provide caring and top-notch service to my own patients,” she added.

Princeton Medical Associates is located across the street from the University Hospital of Princeton at Plainsboro, where Dr. Shah is on-staff. Her main philosophy: to develop lifelong physician-patient relationships to best care for her patients’ overall well-being and health.

“I want people to know that when they come to me, I’ll listen, and not rush them,” she noted. “When we sit and talk, and a patient opens up, I’m able to really understand what’s going on in their life. Sometimes I find it’s a social or logistics issue that’s making it difficult for a patient to meet their goals for managing blood pressure, diabetes, or cholesterol, for example. Maybe they need help getting to the pharmacy, or their insurance expired, or the medication is not affordable—whatever it is, when we build that rapport and have open communication, then I know how to help. I’m here for my patients.”

Princeton Medical Associates offers complete adult medical care: primary care, well male and well woman exams, annual physicals, adult immunizations, preventive healthcare, pre-operative clearance and sick visits. Learn more: 609-512-5000.

Princeton Medical Associates, 10 Forrestal Road South, Suite 101, Princeton. 609-512-5000. www.princetonmedical.org.

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