Jay P. Shah, MD
Jay P. Shah is a senior staff physiatrist in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Center. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. Dr. Shah is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His clinical research interests include the pathophysiology of myofascial pain and the integration of physical medicine techniques with promising complementary approaches in the management of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. He trained in medical acupuncture at the UCLA School of Medicine and is an instructor in medical acupuncture courses at Harvard Medical School and New York Medical College. He and his co-investigators at the NIH are utilizing novel microanalytical techniques to study the unique biochemical milieu (e.g., inflammatory mediators, cytokines, neuropeptides, catecholamines, etc.) of myofascial trigger points and acupuncture points. They are developing an unprecedented biochemical profile of trigger points and new potential therapeutic targets for this common cause of chronic musculoskeletal pain. He also practices and teaches the use of other manual and physical modalities to treat chronic soft tissue pain syndromes. Dr. Shah has been invited to give many lectures and workshops on mechanisms of chronic pain, myofascial pain, acupuncture techniques and other related topics at various national and international meetings.