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Kara Shah, MD, PhD


hemangioma and other birthmarks, melanocytic nevi (moles) and melanoma, psoriasis, acne, atopic dermatitis/eczema, hair and nail disorders and genetic skin diseases


Kara Shah, MD, PhD, is a pediatric dermatologist at Dayton Children's Hospital.

education and training

  • medical school:
    • Doctor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • residency: General Pediatrics, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine
    General Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • fellowship: Pediatric Dermatology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • board certification: General pediatrics, general dermatology, and pediatric dermatology

publications and presentations

  1. Bellodi-Schmidt F, Shah KN.Beyond psoriasis: novel uses for biologic response modifiers in pediatric dermatology, 31(1): 1-27, 2016.
  2. Speaker, “Cutaneous Drug Hypersensitivity Reactions.’ Annual Ghory Lecture, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Grand Rounds, Cincinnati Children’s Hospita, 2015
  3. Bellodi-Schmidt F, Shah KN. Biologic response modifiers and pediatric psoriasis. Pediatr Dermatol, 32(3): 303-20, 2015.
  4. Gutmark-Little I, Shah KN. Obesity and metabolic syndrome in pediatric psoriasis. Clin Dermatol, 33(3): 305-15, 2015.
  5. King A, Stellar J, Blevins A, Shah KN. Dressings and products in pediatric wound Care. Adv Wound Care, 3(4): 324-34, 2015.
  6. Shah KN. Pediatric dermatology for the primary care provider. Pediatr Clin North Am. 61(2):xv-xvi, 2014.
  7. Speaker, “Melanoma in Children and Adolescents.” American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, Miami,FL, 2014.
  8. Speaker, “Pediatric Dermatology Issues in the 21st Century.” International Society for Pediatric Wound Care Second International Symposium Pediatric Wound Care, Rome, Italy, 2014
  9. Shah KN. Urticaria and erythema multiforme. Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Sarah Long, Charles Prober, Larry Pickering (eds.). 4th edition, Elsevier, Mosby, Saunders, Philadelphia, PA, 2012.
  10. Shah KN, Rubin AI. Nail disorders as signs of pediatric systemic disease. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care (8):204-11, 2012.
  11. Shah KN. The diagnostic significance of café-au-lait macules. Pediatr Clin North Amer. 57:1131-1153, 2011.
  12. Shah KN, Yan AC.: Systemic Therapy for Atopic Dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis in childhood and adolescence. Kiess W, Werfel T, Spergel J. (eds). Karger, Basel, Switzerland, 2011.
  13. Shah KN. The risk of melanoma and neurocutaneous melanosis associated with congenital melanocytic nevi. Semin Cutan Med Surg, 29(3):159-64, 2010.