Henry Ford Health in Detroit Names Dr. Uzma Shah Chair of Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Uzma Shah headshot
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After an extensive national search, the Henry Ford Medical Group in Detroit has appointed Dr. Uzma Shah, a gastroenterologist and academic researcher, as chair of the department of pediatrics.

Shah comes to Henry Ford Health from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School.

“I look forward to working with the talented team at Henry Ford as we build on the Department of Pediatrics’ long and historic tradition of excellence and grow as a destination academic medical center,” says Shah.

In her role as chair, Shah will oversee clinical, research, and administrative services for pediatrics. She is formalizing outpatient, inpatient, and specialty growth strategies and strengthening existing academic, research, and clinical partnerships with Michigan State University and Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

The Medical Group, part of Henry Ford Health, is one of the largest group practices in the country with more than 1,900 physicians and researchers in more than 40 specialties. Physicians care for patients in Henry Ford hospitals and outpatient medical centers across Southeast Michigan and Jackson.

“Dr. Shah arrives with impeccable world class credentials across the spectrum of pediatric care,” says Dr. Steven Kalkanis, CEO, senior vice president, and chief academic officer of the Henry Ford Medical Group. “Her wealth of talent and experience will help us build on our program’s solid foundation as we reimagine what our services for children might entail moving forward.”

Shah has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School since 2008. She led the development of extensive research, academic, and hospital infrastructure for the medical school in the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. She’s championed diversity, equity, and inclusion and the advancement of women in academic medicine.

She is a graduate of Dow Medical College in Pakistan and completed her residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also completed fellowship training in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Harvard Medical School.