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Seema Shah, JD
Joint appointment:
Department of Bioethics,
Division of AIDS at the National Institutes of Health

Academic Degrees
BA, Stanford University
JD, Stanford Law School


Phone: 301-435-8711


Seema Shah's research focuses on the ethics of international research, the ethics of research with children, and the intersection of law and bioethics. She currently serves as a consultant for the Division of AIDS on its clinical sciences review committee and as an ethics consultant for the Clinical Center.

She earned her bachelor's and juris doctor degrees from Stanford University. She previously served as a federal law clerk in the Eastern District of California and a predoctoral fellow in the NIH Department of Bioethics.

She has lectured on human subjects research issues at conferences run by PRIM&R, ASBH, IAB, ASTMH, and internationally in such locations as Botswana, South Africa, Vietnam, Japan, and Mali.

Selected Publications

S.K. Shah, R. Wolitz, E. Emanuel, Refocusing the Responsiveness Requirement, forthcoming in BIOETHICS (2011).

S.K. Shah, Commentary: The Dangers of Using a Relative Standard for Minimal Risk, forthcoming in AM. J. BIOETHICS (2011).

S.K. Shah, F.G. Miller, Can We Handle the Truth? Legal fictions in the determination of death, 36 AM. J. LAW & MED. 540 (December 2010).

S. Shah, D. Wendler, Interpretation of the Subjects' Condition Requirement: A legal perspective, 38 J. LAW MED. ETHICS 365 (Summer 2010).

P. Zettler, S. Shah, From a Constitutional Right to a Policy of Exceptions: Abigail Alliance and the future of access to experimental therapy, 10 YALE J. HEALTH POL'Y LAW & ETHICS 135 (January 2010).

S. Shah, S. Elmer, C. Grady, Planning for Posttrial Access to Antiretroviral Treatment for Research Participants in Developing Countries, AM. J. PUB. HEALTH 99(9): 1-6 (2009).

R. Wolitz, E. Emanuel, S. Shah, Rethinking the Responsiveness Requirement for International Research, LANCET 374(9692):847-9 (2009).

S. Shah, How Lethal Injection Reform Constitutes Impermissible Research on Prisoners, AMERICAN CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, Vol. 45, No. 3 (Summer 2008).

D. Wendler, S. Shah, How Can Medical Training and Informed Consent be Reconciled with Volume-Outcome Data?, 17 JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ETHICS 149 (Summer 2006).

A. Whittle, S. Shah, B. Wilfond, G. Gensler, D. Wendler, Institutional Review Board Practices Regarding Assent in Pediatric Research, 113 PEDIATRICS 1747 (2004).

S. Shah, A. Whittle, B. Wilfond, G. Gensler, D. Wendler, How Do Institutional Review Boards Apply the Risk and Benefit Standards for Pediatric Research?, 291 JAMA 476 (2004).

D. Wendler, S. Shah, Should Children Decide Whether they are Enrolled in Non-Beneficial Research?, 3 AM. J. BIOETHICS 4: 1-7 (2004).

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