Faculty Profile

Atman Shah
Section of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine
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Medical Director, Cardiac Care Unit

Academic Interests

Working at the University of Chicago has allowed Dr. Shah to blend his clinical and translational research interests. Dr. Shah is currently studying the role of inflammatory cytokines and progenitor cells in a large animal model of ischemic arrest. Studying what influences survival in animals who have suffered cardiac arrest may directly translate into implementing therapies that save the lives of thousands of patients a year who suffer from cardiac arrest. This blends very well with his studies of implementing systems of care that deliver the best possible care to patients who suffer from acute myocardial infarctions. Additionally, he is researching the role of intravascular ultrasound during angioplasty procedures in patients who are suffering from acute myocardial infarction as well as different novel therapies that can help save heart muscle during a heart attack. He is also the primary investigator on a clinical study that is investigating the role of peripheral arterial disease in men who have erectile dysfunction and the primary investigator of a trial that is studying the clinical safety of a same-day discharge program for patients undergoing angioplasty as an outpatient.

Clinical Interests

Treatment of coronary artery disease using the latest techniques including angioplasty, stents, atherectomy, and thrombectomy; utilization of minimally invasive techniques to treat carotid and peripheral arterial disease; treatment of structural heart disease including the percutaneous repair of atrial and ventricular septal defects, coronary and peripheral fistulae, and valvular stenosis; and treatment of survivors of cardiac arrest with aggressive revascularization and hypothermia.


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  • BA, 1994, Stanford University, International Relations
  • MD, 1999, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Residency, 2002, Northwestern University, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship, 2005, UCLA Olive View/West LA VA, Cardiovascular Disease
  • Fellowship, 2006, UCLA Harbor/Good Samaritan Hospital, Interventional Cardiology