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Rizwan Shah Bio

Rizwan Shah, M.D.


Medical Director, Child Abuse Program at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.


Board Member, ZERO TO THREE; American Academy of Pediatrics; Member Advisory Board, UI College of Public Health; Member Advisory Board Mentor Iowa Program; Member Advisory Board Child and Family Policy Center Of Iowa; Member Advisory Board Reach out and Read Iowa; Member International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Contributions to the Field

In 1981, Dr. Shah was the first in the nation to recognize the link between parental crack cocaine abuse and abused children. She has taught widely on the linkage between child abuse and drug abuse. In l999, she was one of a group of physicians to receive the Award of Merit from the Iowa Medical Society for helping to facilitate the establishment of children’s health programs in Iowa. Dr. Shah teaches child abuse training programs both in Iowa and nationally, as well as clinical teaching in medical schools and hospitals.

Recent Honors/Awards/Recognition/Books Published
Among her many awards, she received: American Academy of Pediatric’s Distinguished Service Award from the Committee on Substance Abuse; Des Moines Women of Achievement Award; Blank Hospital’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; Iowa’s Local Legend Award from American Women’s Medical Association; and, Honored as a “Des Moines Top Docs” by Des Moines Business Magazine.




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