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2006 Laureate Recipient

Jayendra H. Shah, MD, FACP

Jayendra H. Shah, MD, FACP

The Laureate awards honor College Fellows and Masters who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in medical care, education and research, and who have provided service to their communities, their regions and the College. Awardees generally have been Fellows for 15 to 20 years and have a long history of excellence and peer approval in internal medicine. Nominations are made from the medical community and the winner is selected by the chapter's Laureate Award committee. Past wiiners include such esteemed colleagues as Dr. David John Gullen, Dr. Michael Grossman, Dr. Pasquale J Palumbo, and Dr. Lawrence J. Shapiro.

This year, the recipient of the ACP Arizona Chapter Laureate Award is Dr. Jayendra Shah.

Dr. Shah has been a member of the American College of Physicians for 31 years, and a fellow for more than 15 years. Dr. Shah completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Northwestern University Medical Center Training Program in Chicago, Illinois, and his fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Nuclear Medicine.

He served many years in the VA health systems in Illinois and Missouri before moving to Arizona, where he was appointed Chief of Staff of the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in 1991. Dr. Shah is also a tenured Professor of Medicine and Radiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Dr. Shah has displayed a true commitment to improving health care through his career of over thirty years of civil service in academic settings with the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration. Recognizing a need to improve the quality of life for geriatric patients, Dr. Shah worked diligently to reconstruct geriatric programs at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System by implementing programs that emphasized rehabilitation of the body, mind, and spirit. The result of his efforts is the award-winning Geriatrics and Rehabilitation Care Program, which has been recognized as a Clinical Program of Excellence for geriatric evaluation and management by the Veterans' Health Association.

Also under his leadership and guidance, a program of Primary Care was developed at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System where primary care physicians and nurse practitioners, clinical pharmacists, social workers, psychologists, nutritionists and nursing staff worked as a unified team.. This successful model of providing primary care was extended to implement Community Based Outpatient Clinics to reach veterans in communities distant from Tucson, such as Sierra Vista, Casa Grande, Yuma, Safford and Green Valley.

Dr. Shah has been recognized for many health care delivery innovations. He was selected as a top-ten finalist for the Frank Brown Berry Prize in 1998 from among 250 nominations. He received the Mark Wolcott Award for Clinical Excellence in 1998 and the John D. Chase Award for Physician Executive Excellence from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States in 2000. He has also received the Meritorious and Conspicuous Service Award from the National Office of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Distinguished International Faculty Award from Indian Radiological and Imaging Association. Dr. Shah has had the honor of serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the National Association of VA Physician Executives and has been serving as President of NAVAPE for the last two years.

In addition, Dr. Shah is a prolific researcher. His research interests include Glycemic Control and Complications of Diabetes, Intracellular Mechanisms of Insulin Release, Human Nutrition, a Mathematical Model to Assess Insulin Resistance in vivo and Diagnostic Application of Novel Radioisotopes. He is an investigator on the landmark Diabetes Outcomes in Veterans Study (DOVES) which has generated 15 publications. He also regularly reviews manuscripts for JAMA, Archives of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Diabetes, and Metabolism. In total, Dr. Shah is the author or co-author of over 180 papers and abstracts.

In summary, Dr. Shah is an exceptional leader whose commitment to public service is reflected in his many accomplishments that have had significant sustained national impact on the personal health care of our nation's veterans. Therefore, it is an honor to present the 2006 ACP Arizona Chapter Laureate Award to Dr. Jayendra Shah.