Neel Shah

Dr. Neel Shah, director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative

Neel Shah, MD, MPP, is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs. His team is currently collaborating with hospitals across the United States, and using methods from design, systems engineering, and management to reduce the epidemic of avoidable c-sections.

Neel is also the Founder and Executive Director of Costs of Care, a global NGO that curates insights from clinicians that help delivery systems provide better care at lower cost. He is listed among the “40 smartest people in healthcare” by the editorial staff of Becker’s Hospital Review, and has been profiled by CNN, the New Yorker, and other outlets for his efforts to expose how overtreatment can harm patients. In 2015 he co-authored the book Understanding Value-Based Healthcare (McGraw-Hill). He is an advisor to Square Roots (a maternal health life sciences company) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Neel earned joint degrees in medicine and public policy from Brown University and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He completed residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.