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Education & Training

  • MBA, 2014
    George Washington University
  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Otolaryngology, 2006
    Children's Hospital Boston - Harvard
  • Residency Program, Otolaryngology, 2005
    New England Medical Center/Tufts
  • Internship Program, General Surgery, 2001
    St Elizabeth's Medical Center of Boston
  • MD, 2000
    Boston University School of Medicine
  • BA, 2000
    Boston University

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology

Awards & Recognition

  • Top Doctors Washingtonian (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Top Doctors No Va Magazine (2020, 2019, 2018)

National Provider ID: 1336113505


Rahul Shah, M.D., M.B.A., serves as Vice President, Chief Quality and Safety Officer at Children’s National Hospital. In this position, Dr. Shah is responsible for the leadership and oversight of patient safety, quality improvement, accreditation/licensure and patient care policies. He collaborates with medical staff in advancing the outcomes of care.

Dr. Shah is recognized as a leader in patient safety and quality improvement within otolaryngology and is active within the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery with these initiatives. His clinical interests include the broad realm of pediatric otolaryngology. His interests include pediatric voice disorders, resource utilization and outcomes, and medical errors.

Dr. Shah is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

Outside Interests

  • Cherry Blossom Otolaryngology 
  • Hippomsg 
  • Interscope  

Research & Publications

A Proposed Grading Scale for Pediatric Vocal Nodules

(2007) Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery

Classification and Consequences of Errors in Otolaryngology

(2004) Laryngoscope

Errors with concentrated epinephrine

(2008) Laryngoscope

Mediastinitis in Infants Role of the Otolaryngologist

(2009) Otolaryngol Head Neck Surgery

Objective voice measures and vocal nodule size

(2008) Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery

Paranasal Sinus Development A Radiographic Study

(2003) Laryngoscope

Resource Utilization in the Management of Subglottic Stenosis

(2009) Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surgery

Retained foreign bodies during surgery in pediatric patients A National Perspective

(2009) Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Safety and Outcomes of Outpatient Ambulatory Surgery in Otolaryngology Patients

(2008) Laryngoscope

Safety on an inpatient pediatric Otolaryngology service Many small errors few adverse events

(2009) Laryngoscope