Jay Shah

Jay Shah is pursuing an MD at Stanford Medical School and an MBA at the Stanford School of Business to study the intersection of surgery, healthcare delivery, and entrepreneurship. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2019 with a BS in Neuroscience and minors in South Asia Studies and Chemistry. 

At Penn, Jay served as the Vice-President of the student body and focused his time on improving mental health on campus. He led multiple mental health initiatives on campus, including reinventing  the operations of 200+ student organizations to be more inclusive.  

After graduation, Jay and his college roommate founded Sayre Healt mobile health clinic to serve residents at homeless shelters. He was awarded a $225,000 federal grant to provide free primary care, mental-behavioral health, and COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to hundreds of residents at homeless shelters across West Philadelphia.  

His current research interests lie in health care disparities and clinical outcomes within surgery, which have led to multiple lead-author publications in leading peer-reviewed journals JAMA Otolaryngology, International Forum of Allergy & Immunology, and Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. His research has been presented at six national academic conferences in pediatrics and otolaryngology. 

Jay aspires to help lead healthcare systems to improve access to and quality of the care we deliver, particularly for children. By helping build global institutional partnerships, he also hopes to train surgeons and improve healthcare infrastructure globally.  

Jay was born in Queens, NY and was raised in New Hyde Park, NY. He is the son of working-class Indian-immigrants, who always emphasized the importance of helping others. He can often be found exploring new beaches and windy roads to drive on, playing soccer, playing the trumpet, or painting acrylic art.