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Suken A. Shah, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Wilmington, DE

About Suken A. Shah, MD

Suken A. Shah, MD, is Division Chief of the Spine and Scoliosis Center, Clinical Fellowship Director, and pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. He also serves as Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.  Dr. Shah is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Shah earned his medical degree as a cum laude graduate of Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  He completed a surgical internship at The Pennsylvania Hospital and orthopaedic surgery residency training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital / Rothman Institute in Philadelphia.  He received advanced training in pediatric orthopaedics and scoliosis surgery with completion of a fellowship at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.  Dr. Shah’s academic honors include membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and awards for his research, which he has presented at numerous scientific conferences.  Distinctions include a Scoliosis Research Society Traveling Fellowship, Spinal Deformity Education Group Advancement Award, and Best Doctors in America (2007-2011). 

Dr. Shah is an active member of national specialty societies and serves on the Board of Directors of the Scoliosis Research Society, chairs the Growing Spine Committee, and is the chair-elect of the Program Committee.   He is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and multiple research study groups.  In addition, he has over 45 research publications in peer-reviewed journals, written 17 book chapters and most recently was a section editor of Orthopaedic Knowledge Update – 9, published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  He also serves as a reviewer for four medical journals.

Dr. Shah’s clinical interests include adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, early onset scoliosis, complex spinal deformities, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis and other problems of the spine, minimally invasive techniques for surgery and cerebral palsy. He is an innovator, researcher and key opinion leader in the field of spinal deformity surgery and performs advanced deformity correction techniques.  He trains residents, fellows, and visiting observers in these techniques at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. He is frequently invited to teach and lecture at national and international courses, educational symposia, and other institutions.

Publications

Peer-reviewed
1. Butler C., Campos M., Sill H., Shah S., Gardner T., Hollis T. Histamine H1 Receptor Mediates Decrease in Glomerular Surface Area of Filtration in Histamine-Infused Diabetic Rats, FASEB Journal, 42: 1990, 285.

2. Sill H., Shah S., Hollis T. Shear Stress Patterns in Cultured Bovine Endothelial Cells, FASEB Journal, 42: 1990, 326.

3. Sinha R.K., Shah S.A., Tuan R.S. Differential Attachment of Human Osteoblasts Upon Commonly Used Orthopaedic Implant Materials, Jeff Orthop J, 20: 1991, 67-74.

4. Sinha R.K., Shah S.A., Tuan R.S. Cell Spreading and Attachment of Human Osteoblasts to Metallic Substrates, J Cell Biol, 115: 1991, 448.

5. Lin S.S., Shah S.A., File P.I., Tuan R.S. A Bioresorbable Antibiotic Drug Delivery System for the Treatment of Chronic Osteomyelitis, Trans 4th Biomat Cong, 4: 1992, 177.

6. Sinha R.K., Shah S.A., Tuan R.S. Topography of Ti6Al4V Substrates Affects Spreading and Cytoskeletal Organization of Human Osteoblasts, Trans 4th Biomat Cong, 4: 1992, 557.

7. Lin S.S., Shah S.A., Pizzutillo P.D., Tuan R.S. In Vivo Efficacy of Antibiotic Delivery Using a Biodegradable Drug Delivery System, Orthop Trans, 17:4, 1993, 970.

8. Lin S.S., Shah S.A., Pizzutillo P.D., Tuan R.S. Bioresorbable Drug Delivery System for the Treatment of Chronic Osteomyelitis, Orthop Trans, 17:2, 1993, 574.

9. Sinha R.K., Morris F., Shah S.A., Tuan R.S. Surface Composition of Orthopaedic Implant Materials Regulates Cell Adhesion, Spreading, and Cytoskeletal Organization of Primary Human Osteoblasts in Vitro, Clin Orthop, 305: 1994, 258-272.

10. Lin S.S., Shah S.A., Pizzutillo P.D., Tuan R.S. In Vivo Efficacy of Antibiotic Delivery Using a Biodegradable Drug Delivery System, Jeff Orthop J, 22: 1993, 103-109.

11. Lin S.S., Fitzpatrick M.J., Shah S.A., Pizzutillo P.D., Hume E.L., Tuan R.S. Treatment of Open Fractures with IM Rods Coated with an Antibiotic-Impregnated Biodegradable Drug Delivery System, Orthop Trans, 18, 1994, 451.

12. Lin S.S., Charlton W.P.H., Shah S.A., Chao W., Tuan R.S. Biodegradable Delivery System Molded Onto Fracture Fixation Plates and Intramedullary Rods: In Vivo and In Vitro Comparative Analysis, Orthop Trans, 19, 1995.

13. Lane G.J., Hozack W.J., Shah S.A., Rothman R.H., Booth R.E., Eng K., Smith P. Simultaneous Bilateral Versus Unilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty: An Outcomes Analysis, Clin Orthop, 345: 1997, 106-112.

14. Kupcha P.C., Shah S.A. Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction as a Cause of Acquired Flatfoot in Adults, Del Med J, 69: 255-257, 1997.

15. Shah S.A., Vaccaro A.R., Silveri C.P., Foley K.T., Garfin S.R. The Use of Image Guidance Technology in Transarticular Screw Fixation in the Cervical Spine, Spine, 2001.

16. Shah S.A. Kupcha P.C. Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction as a Cause of Acquired Flatfoot in Adults, Jeff Orthop J, 26: 1997, 86-89.

17. Lane G.J., Shah S.A., Hozack W.J., Rothman R.H., Booth R.E., Eng K., Smith P. Simultaneous Bilateral Versus Unilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty: An Analysis of Relative Risk, Complications and Cost, Jeff Orthop J, 26: 1997, 64-68.

18. Becker C.E., Keeler K.A., Kruse R.W., Shah S.A. Complications of Blade Plate Removal, J Ped Orthop, 19: 1999, 188-193.

19. Shah S.A., Keeler K.A., Kruse R.W. Radiographic Examination of Double Thoracic Curves in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Orthop Trans, 22: 1999.

20. Shah S.A., Catalano J., Neuman P., Taffet R., Iannacone W. Traumatic Dislocation of the Hip in Children and Adolescents, Orthop Trans, 22: 1999.

21. Anderson S.A., Shah S.A., Bowen J.R. Humeral Lengthening and Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring Techniques: A Case Report and Review of the Literature, Jeff Orthop J, 29: 2000, 47-53.

22. Sinha R.K., Shah S.A., Hume E.L., Tuan R.S. The Effect of a Five Day Space Flight on the Immature Rat Spine, Spine J, 2(4): 239-241, 2002.

23. Mehta D.I., He Z., Shah S.A., Dabney K.W., Miller F., Dalal J.F.T., Koletty S. Ischemia-Reperfusion and Acute Pancreatitis after Posterior Spinal Fusion, J Ped Gastroenterol Nutr, 35: 462-466, 2002.

24. Tsirikos A.I., Shah S.A., Riddle E., Stanton R.P. Transphyseal Fracture-Dislocation of the Femoral Neck, J Orthop Trauma, 17: 648-653, 2003.

25. Shah S.A., Tsirikos A.I., Chang W., Miller F. Acquired Atlantoaxial Instability in Pediatric Patients With Spastic Cerebral Palsy, J Ped Orthop, 23(3): 335-341, 2003.

26. Tsirikos A.I., Shah S.A., Chang W.N., Dabney K.W., Miller F. Preserving Ambulatory Potential in Pediatric Patients With Cerebral Palsy Who Undergo Spinal Fusion Using Unit Rod Instrumentation, Spine, 28: 480-484, 2003.

27. Riddle E., Bowen J.R., Shah S.A., Moran E., Lawall H.J. The duPont Kyphosis Brace for the Treatment of Adolescent Scheuermann's Kyphosis, J South Orthop Assoc, 12(3): 135-140, 2003.

28. DiCindio S., Theroux M., Shah S.A., Miller F., Dabney K.W., Brislin R.P., Schwartz, D. Multimodality Monitoring of Transcranial Electric Motor and Somatosensory-Evoked Potentials During Surgical Correction of Spinal Deformity in Patients With Cerebral Palsy and Other Neuromuscular Disorders, Spine, 28: 1851-1855, 2003.

29. Lehman R.A, Shah S.A. Tension-Sided Femoral Neck Stress Fracture in a Skeletally Immature Patient, J Bone Joint Surg Am, 86: 1292-1295, 2004.

30. Nadal T., Tonb D., He Z., Miller F., Dabney K.W., Shah S.A., Mehta D.I., Postoperative Pancreatitis after Spinal Surgery and Increased Risk of Sepsis and Wound Infection, in press.

31. He Z., Tonb D.J., Miller F., Dabney K.W., Shah S.A., Brenn B.R., Theroux M., Mehta D.I., Cytokine Release, Pancreatic Injury, and Risk of Acute Pancreatitis after Spinal Fusion Surgery, Dig Dis Sci 49(1):143-9, 2004.

32. Takemitsu M., Mackenzie W.G., Taliwal R.V., Woratanarat P., Shah S.A., The Treatment of Cerical Instability and Stenosis in Skeletal Dysplasia, submitted to J Bone Joint Surg Am.

33. El Rassi G., Takemitsu M., Woratanarat P., Shah S.A., The Outcome of Nonoperative Treatment of Spondylolysis in Pediatric and Adolescent Athletes, submitted to Clin Orthop Rel Res.

34. El Rassi G., Takemitsu M., Woratanarat P., Shah S.A., Lumbar Spondylolysis in Pediatric and Adolescent Soccer Players, Am J Sports Med, 33(11): 1688-1693, 2005.

35. Potter B.K., Kirk K.L., Shah S.A., Kuklo T.R., Loss of Coronal Correction Following Instrumentation Removal in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Spine, 31(1): 67-72, 2006.

36. Takemitsu M., Shah S.A., El Rassi G., Woratanarat P. Low Back Pain in Pediatric Athletes with Unilateral Tracer Uptake at the Pars Interarticularis on Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), Spine 31(8): 909-914, 2006.

37. Senaran H, Shah S.A., Glutting J.W., Dabney K.W., Miller F., The Associated Effects of Untreated Unilateral Hip Dislocation in Cerebral Palsy Scoliosis, J Pediatr Orthop 26(6): 769-72, 2006.

38. El Rassi G., Shah S.A., Dynamic Scapholunate Dissociation in a Child, Hand Surg 11(1-2): 55-57, 2006;11(1-2):55-7.

39. DePass K., Shah S.A., Elastic Intramedullary Nails, J Orthop Trauma 20(9): 646-7, 2006 Oct;20(9):646-7.

40. Mehlman C.T., Shah S.A., Dobbs M.B., Chan D.P., 2005 Scoliosis Research Society Asian Traveling Fellowship: Report to the Education Committee, Spine 31(20):2288, 2006.

41. Shah S.A., Derotation of the Spine, Neurosurg Clin N Am 18(2):339-45, 2007 April;18(2):339-45.

42. Senaran H., Shah S.A., Presedo A., Dabney K.W., Miller F., The Risk of Progression of Scoliosis in Cerebral Palsy Patients after Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy, Spine 32(21): 2348-54, 2007 Oct 1;32(21):2348-54.

43. Schwartz D.M., Auerbach J.D., Dormans J.P., Flynn J., Drummond D.S., Bowe J.A., Laufer S., Shah S.A., Bowen J.R., Pizzutillo P.D., Jones K.J., Neurophysiological Detection of Impending Spinal Cord Injury During Scoliosis Surgery, J Bone Joint Surg Am 89(11): 2440-2449, 2007 Nov;89(11):2440-9.

44. Sponseller PD, Shah SA, Abel MF, Sucato D, Newton PO, Shufflebarger H, Lenke LG, Letko L, Betz R, Marks M, Bastrom T, The Harms Study Group: Scoliosis surgery in cerebral palsy. Differences between unit rod and custom rods. Spine 34(8):840-844, 2009 Apr 15;34(8)840-4.

45. Lonner BS, Auerbvach JD, Boachie-Adjei O, Shah SA, Hosogane N, Newton PO. Treatment of thoracic scoliosis: are monoaxial thoracic pedicle screws the best form of fixation for correction? Spine 2009 April 15;34(8):845-51

46. Senaran H., Shah S.A., Gabos P.G., Littleton A.G., Neiss G., Guille J.T., Difficult Thoracic Pedicle Screw Placement in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, J Spinal Disord Tech 21(3): 187-191, 2008 May;21(3):187-91.

47. Borowski A, Shah S.A., Littleton A.G., Dabney K.W., Miller F. Baclofen Pump Implantation and Spinal Fusion in Children: Techniques and Complications, Spine 33(18): 1995-2000, 2008 Aug 15;33(18):1995-2000.

48. Borkhuu B., Borowski A., Shah S.A., Littleton A.G., Dabney K.W., Miller F. Antibiotic-Loaded Allograft Decreases the Rate of Deep Wound Infection after Posterior Spinal Fusion in Children with Cerebral Palsy, Spine 33(21):2300-4, 2008 Oct 1;33(21):2300-4.

Textbook Chapters
1. Shah S.A., Vaccaro A.R., Becker C.E. Fixed Traumatic Atlantoaxial Rotatory Deformity, in Mastercases: Spine Surgery, Vaccaro A.R., Albert T.J. (eds). New York: Thieme, 2000.

2. Shah S.A., Kramer D.L., Klein G.R., Cotler J.M. Traumatic Injuries of the Occipitocervial Junction, in Mastercases: Spine Surgery, Vaccaro A.R., Albert T.J. (eds). New York: Thieme, 2000.

3. Klein G.R., Shah S.A., Vaccaro A.R. Bilateral Cervical Facet Joint Dislocation without Neurologic Deficit, in Mastercases: Spine Surgery, Vaccaro A.R., Albert T.J. (eds). New York: Thieme, 2000.

4. Shah S.A. The Hip. In Gellis & Kagan's Current Pediatric Therapy, 17/e, Burg F.D., Ingelfinger J.R., Polin R.A., Gershon A.A. (eds). Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 2002.

5. Shah S.A., Buono L.M., Frueh W.W., Saxena A., Vaccaro A.R. Congenital Instraspinal Abnormalities of the Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar and Sacral Spine. In Principles and Practice of Spine Surgery, Vaccaro A.R., Betz R.R., Zeidman S.M. (eds). Philadelphia: Mosby, 2003.

6. Shah S.A., Takemitsu M., Westerlund E., Albert T.J. Congenital Kyphosis: Scheuermann's Disease and Congenital Deformity. In Rothman and Simeone's The Spine, 5/e, Herkowitz H.N., Bell G., Garfin S. (eds). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005.

7. Shah S.A., Takemitsu M. Posterior Surgical Anatomy and Posterior Surgical Approaches to the Thoracic Spine and Thoracolumbar Junction. In Surgical Techniques in Spinal Instrumentation, Vaccaro A.R., Fessler R.G., Kim D. (eds). New York: Thieme Medical Publishers Inc., 2005.

8. Mackenzie W.G., Shah S.A., Takemitsu M. The Cervical Spine in Skeletal Dysplasia. In The Cervical Spine, 4/e, Clark C.R. (ed). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005.

9. Shah S.A., Stankovits L.M. The Hip. In Current Pediatric Therapy, 18/e, Burg F.D., Ingelfinger J.R., Polin R.A., Gershon A.A. (eds). Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier, 2006.

10. Shah SA. Scheuermann's Kyphosis. In: Heary RF, Albert TJ, eds. Spinal Deformities: The Essentials. New York: Thieme Medical Publishers Inc., 2007.

11. Shah SA, Smith H. Operative Treatment of Neuromuscular Spinal Deformity. In Surgical Management of Spinal Deformities. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier, 2009.

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