Tapan R. Shah, MD

Tapan R. Shah, MD

Tapan R. Shah, MD brings a wealth of expertise, and impeccable academic credentials, to the service of the patients of Abrams Eye Institute. Dr. Shah’s accomplishments as a practitioner, and researcher advancing care, have garnered well-deserved recognition and greatly improved the lives of those he has treated.

An important part of Dr. Shah’s approach to constantly advancing the scope and efficacy of his care can be found his dedication to research. He has focused on subjects including Molecular Epidemiology, Interaction of Radio Labeled Antibodies to Carcinoma, in addition to multiple studies related to Glaucoma and Dry Eye Disease. Dr. Shah’s published work in Phacolytic Glaucoma and Laser Through Opaque Media is widely read in both online and in respected academic journals. His presentations have been accepted by prestigious organizations including The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and The Pittsburgh Ophthalmologic Society.

Dr. Shah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology & Chemistry, a Masters in Public Health, and his MD from New York Medical College. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Shah returned to his home state to complete his Internship in Internal Medicine at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and subsequently his Residency in Ophthalmology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. While at UPMC, he received the prestigious Resident’s Day Award.


2005 to Present
Conducted various clinical trials with Alcon and ORA

2002 to 2012
Avista Eye Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

2000 to 2002
Shearing – Westfield Eye Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

1992 to 1993
University to Michigan School of Public Health
Masters Program in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology

1989 to 1991
University of Michigan Medical Center • Laboratory Research Assistant


Nevada Board of Medical Examiners – #9412
Nevada Board of Pharmacy – CS10248


Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmology
Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology
Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society

Books / Chapters
Shah, T, Fanous M, “Phacolytic Glaucoma,” In: E-medicine textbooks online
Books / Chapters
Shah, T, Eller A, “Laser through Opaque Media,” In: Review of Ophthalmology.

Presentation 1999
Shah, T, Kowlaski R, Gordon YJ, “Sufacetamide versus Polytrim: An In Vitro Susceptibility Comparison Using Bacterial Isolates From Conjunctivitis” (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Presentation 1996
Shah, T, Hong AK Wandel T “Variance of Optic Nerve Head Measurements with a Laser Scanner” (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Presentation 1991
Shah T, Wahl R, “Radio Nuclide Cancer Immunotherapy dealing with the Chemical Modification of antibodies by producing macromolecules to enhance the body’s natural immunological response to malignancy.” Senior thesis, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI


1997 to 2000
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center • Resident in Ophthalmology

1996 to 1997
Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh • Preliminary Internal Medicine Internship


1992 to 1996
New York Medical College • MD Degree

1991 to 1992
University of Michigan, School of Public Health Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology, Masters in Public Health

1987 to 1991
Kalamazoo College • Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Chemistry