Dr. Ankur Shah

PBN 40 Under Forty 2023 Awards
Dr. Ankur Shah | 36 | Nephrologist, Brown Physicians Inc.

What have been the most significant changes in your industry in the last five years? It’s hard to point to anything other than the COVID-19 pandemic; in many ways it’s hard to imagine health care will ever be the same. People with kidney disease, and particularly those on dialysis, were affected more than most.

What is the best advice you have ever received? If a system isn’t working or is unfair, you can complain, but also work to fix the system.

What was your first job? A summer internship working as a docent at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. I helped with ticketing in the IMAX theater and as a surprise benefit was able to watch all the shows that summer.

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What advice would you give your 22-year-old self? Make sure to stop and enjoy the process, reflect every so often on how the present was once the past’s aspirations.

What moment changed your life more than any other? The moment I met my wife, Courtney. Without her at my side, life wouldn’t be complete.

What is your favorite Rhode Island food or drink? A slice of Death by Chocolate [cake] from Gregg’s [Restaurant] wins, but there is a lot of competition!

Fox or MSNBC? Reddit.

What led you to pursuing a career in your current industry? As a medical student, my first exposure to nephrology demonstrated the immense burden of kidney disease on the lives of people living with it and people needing dialysis. I wanted to do everything I could to lessen that burden.