Niralee Shah, MD (she/her)
Niralee is the daughter of first-generation immigrant parents and grew up in North Adams, MA. She majored in Mathematics and Arabic at Williams College. After graduating, she spent five years working abroad—first teaching high school math in Jordan, then joining a Palestinian tech-startup and codeveloping a mini-MBA program for youth entrepreneurs. She was then director of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, a community center in Nablus, Palestine providing psychosocial support to children and families living in refugee camps and underserved urban neighborhoods in the northern West Bank. The work taught her a lot about early life and intergenerational trauma, alongside the power of community organizing and resilience; this ultimately compelled her to retrain in medicine to better understand, diagnose, and treat the impact of trauma on the mind and body. After completing a premedical post-bacc at Goucher College, Niralee moved to Rhode Island to start medical school in Brown’s combined M.D.-M.Sc. program in Primary Care and Population Medicine, where she grew her interests in teaching and improving access to mental health care. Upon graduating, she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honors Society and awarded the Christopher Benedick, MD, Child Psychiatry Award.
Niralee is thrilled to stay at Brown for integrated training in pediatrics and psychiatry, and she is grateful to continue growing among such supportive peers and mentors! She looks forward to providing care that centers the stories and strengths of her patients and their communities. In addition to her work, Niralee loves to dance, rock climb, bike along the RI coast, and cook up a storm for her friends and family.