Sapna Shah, MD, MSc


Fellow, MS student, Endocrinology, Vanderbilt University

Fellowship Site: Madras Diabetes Research Foundation

Research Interests: Assessment of β-cell insulin secretion in Asian-Indians with pre-diabetes and African Americans with pre-diabetes

Dr. Shah will spend her fellowship year at Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) in Chennai, India under the mentorship of Alvin Powers, MD. Despite continued debate over the relative influences of insulin resistance versus impaired insulin secretion, understanding of the underlying physiology of Type 2 diabetes mellitus and the metabolic syndrome in Asian-Indian populations is incomplete. Her research will focus on comparing insulin resistance and β-cell insulin secretion in three populations at high risk for the development of Type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease: Asian-Indian women, African-American women, and Caucasian-American women, all with the metabolic syndrome, using frequently sampled intravenous glucose tolerance testing.

Dr. Shah, an Ohio native, moved to Philadelphia, PA to earn her MD at Drexel University College of Medicine. She then returned to the Buckeye State for her residency in Internal Medicine at University Hospital’s Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She is currently completing the second year of her Endocrinology fellowship and the first year of her Master’s of Science in Clinical Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Her interests are the unique features of women with the metabolic syndrome, specifically comparing Asian-Indian women to Caucasian-American and African-American women.

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