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Jatin P. Shah

Professor of Surgery, The Weil Medical College of Cornell University

The Elliott W. Strong Chair in Head and Neck Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, USA

Professor Jatin P. Shah graduated from the Medical College of Maharaja Sayajirao University, in Baroda, India, where he received his basic training in General Surgery. He completed a Fellowship in Surgical Oncology and Head and Neck Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, (MSKCC) and joined its full-time faculty in 1975.He was Chief of the Head and Neck Service and Leader of the Head and Neck Disease Management Team at MSKCC for 23 years. He is Professor of Surgery at the Weil Medical College of Cornell University and holds The Elliott W. Strong Chair in Head and Neck Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.


Professor Shah is a national and international leader in the field of Head and Neck Surgery, having served as President of The New York Cancer Society, The New York Head and Neck Society. The Society of Head and Neck Surgeons, The North American Skull Base Society and the International Academy of Oral Oncology. He is Founder of The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies, (IFHNOS) and serves as it's Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He was Chairman of the AJCC task force on Head and Neck for 20 years and serves on the Head and Neck and Thyroid committees of the NCCN. He has served in varying capacities for The American Board of Surgery and The American College of Surgeons.


Professor Shah has been the recipient of numerous awards from various parts of the world, including Honorary Fellowships and Doctorates from the UK, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Greece, Australia and India. He is the recipient of the Blokhin Glod medal, and Pirogov Medal from Russia, the Gunnar Holmgren medal from Sweden, and the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” from the United States. He was named the Most Distinguished Physician in the USA by the American Association of Physicians from India in 2011, and received the Life Time Achievement award from the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. He has been listed in the "Best Doctors in America" directories ó0 times for the past two decades. Dr. Shah is also an honorary member of several head and neck societies in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America.


He serves on the Editorial and Review Boards of 18 scientific journals and has published over 650 peer-reviewed articles, which have been cited over 60,000 times according to Google scholar. His h index is 142. In addition he has published, 73 book chapters and 14 books. His textbook of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, now in its 5th Edition, has won numerous prizes for the best published book in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He developed and lead the ”IFHNOS World Tour Program”, a global CME program in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, offered in 26 countries over the last six years. He has established the Global On Line Fellowship (GOLFJ program in Head and Neck Surgery an d oncology in collaboration with IFHNOS and MSKCC, and has also initiated an International fellowship program in Clinical surgery at various head and neck centers around the world.


As a physician, scientist and educator , Professor Shah is a much sought after speaker who has delivered over 1,800 scientific presentations including, 80 eponymous lectures and keynote addresses, and visiting professorships in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Scotland, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Croatia, Albania, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, India, Pakistan, China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippine, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, and Mexico.


In recognition of his outstanding contributions and international leadership in Head and Neck Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, has established The “Jatin Shah Chair in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology" and the “Jatin Shah Annual Lectureship”. The international Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies has established “The Jatin Shah Lecture" at its world congresses, and the American Head and Neck Society has established the "Jatin Shah Symposium” at the annual meeting.

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