Seema Kirti Shah

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Research Interests

Seema K. Shah, JD, Associate Professor in Pediatrics at Northwestern University Medical School and an Associate Director of the Bioethics Program at Lurie Children’s Hospital, is an expert in the fields of pediatrics and global health research ethics, as well as on ethical issues in the determination of death. After attending Stanford University, Shah completed a fellowship in bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center. She then received legal training at Stanford and in a federal district court clerkship. Shah was previously on faculty at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital and at the NIH Clinical Center Department of Bioethics. Shah has chaired an NIH committee on ethical considerations in conducting Zika virus human challenge trials, and lectured on the ethics of clinical research at conferences run by PRIM&R, ASBH, IAB, ASTMH, and internationally in such locations as Botswana, South Africa, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, and Zimbabwe.

Seema Shah's research is focused around the following question: When is it ethically and legally acceptable to expose some people to risk for the benefit of others? She has examined this in several different domains, including HIV/AIDS research, pediatric research, and the ethics of human challenge trials.

Certifications and Licenses

Member, California State Bar

Training Experience

2002Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Education/Academic qualification

JD, Stanford University Law School

… → 2005

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Research Output

Beyond the Apnea Test: An Argument to Broaden the Requirement for Consent to the Entire Brain Death Evaluation

Paquette, E., Frader, J. E., Shah, S., C. Tasker, R. & Truog, R., Jun 2 2020, In : American Journal of Bioethics. 20, 6, p. 17-19 3 p.

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2 Scopus citations

Bridging the Researcher-Participant Gap: A Research Agenda to Build Effective Research Relationships

Kraft, S. A., Duenas, D. M., Lewis, H. & Shah, S. K., May 3 2020, In : American Journal of Bioethics. 20, 5, p. 31-33 3 p.

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Relationships help make life worth living

Wightman, A., Wilfond, B. S., DIekema, D., Paquette, E. & Shah, S., Jan 1 2020, In : Journal of Medical Ethics. 46, 1, p. 22-23 2 p.

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3 Scopus citations

Adolescent and parent perspectives on the acceptability of financial incentives to promote self-care in adolescents with type 1 diabetes

Malik, F. S., Senturia, K. D., Lind, C. D., Chalmers, K. D., Yi-Frazier, J. P., Shah, S. K., Pihoker, C. & Wright, D. R., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Pediatric Diabetes.

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  • Exploring Ethical Concerns About Human Challenge Studies: A Qualitative Study of Controlled Human Malaria Infection Study Participants’ Motivations and Attitudes

    Kraft, S. A., Duenas, D. M., Kublin, J. G., Shipman, K. J., Murphy, S. C. & Shah, S. K., Feb 1 2019, In : Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. 14, 1, p. 49-60 12 p.

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  • 3 Scopus citations