Neel Shah

Dr. Neel Shah, Senior Advisor to the Delivery Decisions Initiative

Neel Shah

Senior Advisor, Delivery Decisions Initiative

Neel Shah, MD, MPP, is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Senior Advisor to 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.

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Wall Street Journal: Covid-19 Is Killing Hundreds of Pregnant Women and Babies in Brazil

Dr. Neel Shah comments on the concerning state of maternal care in Brazil.

May 27 2021
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Consumer Reports: Preparing to Give Birth During the Pandemic

Dr. Neel Shah comments on the challenges faced by pregnant people during COVID-19, and the policies needed for support and safety.

Nov 16 2020
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Media roundup: Team Birth Project gains national attention

  Kelly and Michael Davoli delivered their son, Michael, at South Shore Hospital, one of four pilot sites testing tools, including the Labor and Birth Planning Board, created by Ariadne’s Team Birth Project. Team Birth’s tactics have gotten widespread media attention. A string of articles and news stories citing Ariadne Labs and its partners is… Continue reading Media roundup: Team Birth Project gains national attention

Jul 24 2019
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Heartbreaking story tied to maternal health crisis hits prime time

  Dramatic rescues by heroic surgeons and tear-jerking twists of fate are the bread and butter of TV medical dramas. A recent episode of Fox’s “The Resident” delivered all that and something more: a maternal death based on a true story and a presentation of solutions that reflects recommendations by Ariadne Lab’s Delivery Decisions Initiative.… Continue reading Heartbreaking story tied to maternal health crisis hits prime time

May 2 2019
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Birth right: Health care experts convene to analyze tactics for bettering safety and dignity during childbirth

At dawn on the fifth day after Christine Poland was admitted to the hospital, a doctor and team of nurses and midwives approached her bed. Having been up all night from yet another labor induction treatment, Poland was emotionally and physically drained. The doctor, she says, told her the latest treatment had failed and to… Continue reading Birth right: Health care experts convene to analyze tactics for bettering safety and dignity during childbirth

Feb 5 2019