Clinical Focus

  • Pediatrics
  • Neonatology

Administrative Appointments

  • Cinical Fellow, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (2012 - Present)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics (2008 - Present)
  • Member, Society for Pediatric Research (2014 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics (2011)
  • Medical Education:UCSF (2008) CA
  • Internship:UCSF (2009) CA
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco (2008)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Southern California (2004)
  • Residency:UCSF - Residency Training (2011) CA


All Publications

  • How to use: amplitude-integrated EEG (aEEG) ARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD-EDUCATION AND PRACTICE EDITION Shah, N. A., Wusthoff, C. J. 2015; 100 (2): 75-81


    Amplitude-integrated electroencephalography (aEEG) is a method for continuous monitoring of brain activity that is increasingly used in the neonatal intensive care unit. In its simplest form, aEEG is a processed single-channel electroencephalogram that is filtered and time-compressed. Current evidence demonstrates that aEEG is useful to monitor cerebral background activity, diagnose and treat seizures and predict neurodevelopmental outcomes for preterm and term infants. This review aims to explain the fundamentals behind aEEG and its clinical applications.

    View details for DOI 10.1136/archdischild-2013-305676

    View details for Web of Science ID 000351216400004

    View details for PubMedID 25035312

  • Pulmonary hypertensive crisis following ethanol sclerotherapy for a complex vascular malformation. Journal of perinatology Cordero-Schmidt, G., Wallenstein, M. B., Ozen, M., Shah, N. A., Jackson, E., Hovsepian, D. M., Palma, J. P. 2014; 34 (9): 713-715


    Anhydrous ethanol is a commonly used sclerotic agent for treating vascular malformations. We describe the case of a full-term 15-day-old female with a complex venolymphatic malformation involving the face and orbit. During treatment of the lesion with ethanol sclerotherapy, she suffered acute pulmonary hypertensive crisis. We discuss the pathophysiology of pulmonary hypertension related to ethanol sclerotherapy, and propose that hemolysis plays a significant role. Recommendations for evaluation, monitoring and management of this complication are also discussed.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/jp.2014.88

    View details for PubMedID 25179381

  • Relationship between Circulating Platelet Counts and Ductus Arteriosus Patency after Indomethacin Treatment JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS Shah, N. A., Hills, N. K., Waleh, N., McCurnin, D., Seidner, S., Chemtob, S., Clyman, R. 2011; 158 (6): 919-U87


    To determine whether low platelet counts are related to the incidence of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) after indomethacin treatment in preterm human infants.Multivariable logistic regression modeling was used for a cohort of 497 infants, who received indomethacin (within 15 hours of birth).Platelet counts were not related to the incidence of permanent closure after indomethacin constriction. There was a relationship between platelet counts and the initial degree of constriction; however, this relationship appeared to be primarily influenced by the high end of the platelet distribution curve. PDA incidence was similar in infants with platelet counts < 50 × 10⁹/L and those with platelet counts above this range. Only when platelet counts were consistently >230 ×10⁹/L was there a decrease in PDA incidence.In contrast to the evidence in mice, low circulating platelet counts do not affect permanent ductus closure (or ductus reopening) in human preterm infants.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jpeds.2010.11.018

    View details for Web of Science ID 000290558600012

    View details for PubMedID 21195414

  • Imaging Data Reveal a Higher Pediatric Stroke Incidence Than Prior US Estimates STROKE Agrawal, N., Johnston, S. C., Wu, Y. W., Sidney, S., Fullerton, H. J. 2009; 40 (11): 3415-3421


    Prior annualized estimates of pediatric ischemic stroke incidence have ranged from 0.54 to 1.2 per 100,000 US children but relied purely on diagnostic code searches to identify cases. We sought to obtain a new estimate using both diagnostic code searches and searches of radiology reports and to assess the relative value of these 2 strategies.Using the population of 2.3 million children (<20 years old) enrolled in a Northern Californian managed care plan (1993 to 2003), we performed electronic searches of (1) inpatient and outpatient diagnoses for International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision codes suggestive of stroke and cerebral palsy; and (2) radiology reports for key words suggestive of infarction. Cases were confirmed through chart review. We calculated sensitivities and positive predictive values for the 2 search strategies.We identified 1307 potential cases from the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision code search and 510 from the radiology search. A total of 205 ischemic stroke cases were confirmed, yielding an ischemic stroke incidence of 2.4 per 100,000 person-years. The radiology search had a higher sensitivity (83%) than the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision code search (39%), although both had low positive predictive values. For perinatal stroke, the sensitivity of the stroke International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision codes alone was 12% versus 57% for stroke and cerebral palsy codes combined; the radiology search was again the most sensitive (87%).Our incidence estimate doubles that of prior US reports, a difference at least partially explained by our use of radiology searches for case identification. Studies relying purely on International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision code searches may underestimate childhood ischemic stroke rates, particularly for neonates.

    View details for DOI 10.1161/STROKEAHA.109.564633

    View details for Web of Science ID 000271160300003

    View details for PubMedID 19762687

  • Distinct roles for hindbrain and paraxial mesoderm in the induction and patterning of the inner ear revealed by a study of vitamin-A-deficient quail DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY Kil, S. H., Streit, A., Brown, S. T., Agrawal, N., Collazo, A., Zile, M. H., Groves, A. K. 2005; 285 (1): 252-271


    The hindbrain and cranial paraxial mesoderm have been implicated in the induction and patterning of the inner ear, but the precise role of the two tissues in these processes is still not clear. We have addressed these questions using the vitamin-A-deficient (VAD) quail model, in which VAD embryos lack the posterior half of the hindbrain that normally lies next to the inner ear. Using a battery of molecular markers, we show that the anlagen of the inner ear, the otic placode, is induced in VAD embryos in the absence of the posterior hindbrain. By performing grafting and ablation experiments in chick embryos, we also show that cranial paraxial mesoderm which normally lies beneath the presumptive otic placode is necessary for otic placode induction and that paraxial mesoderm from other locations cannot induce the otic placode. Two members of the fibroblast growth factor family, FGF3 and FGF19, continue to be expressed in this mesodermal population in VAD embryos, and these may be responsible for otic placode induction in the absence of the posterior hindbrain. Although the posterior hindbrain is not required for otic placode induction in VAD embryos, the subsequent patterning of the inner ear is severely disrupted. Several regional markers of the inner ear, such as Pax2, EphA4, SOHo1 and Wnt3a, are incorrectly expressed in VAD otocysts, and the sensory patches and vestibulo-acoustic ganglia are either greatly reduced or absent. Exogenous application of retinoic acid prior to 30 h of development is able rescue the VAD phenotype. By performing such rescue experiments before and after 30 h of development, we show that the inner ear defects of VAD embryos correlate with the absence of the posterior hindbrain. These results show that induction and patterning of the inner ear are governed by separate developmental processes that can be experimentally uncoupled from each other.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ydbio.2005.05.044

    View details for Web of Science ID 000231944200021

    View details for PubMedID 16039643

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