Vallabh Shah Lab

Principal Investigator

Vallabh "Raj" Shah, PhD, MS, FASN

Vallabh (Raj) Shah, PhD, MS, FASN - Distinguished and Regents’ Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Biochemistry, School of Medicine

Senior Fellow, the New Mexico Center for the Advancement of Research, Engagement, & Science on Health Disparities (NM CARES HD)

Raj is an established Health Services Researcher with experience in clinical translational and community-based participatory research (CBPR) studies in minorities, including Native Americans and Hispanics.

shah labRaj has worked toward establishing and promoting community-partnered research as a way to address many health disparity issues in order to deepen the scientific base of knowledge in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention and health disparities for chronic diseases, with special emphasis in diabetes, heart and kidney disease.

Raj’s professional career is unique and multifaceted, with sustained superior performance in employing unique models of health care delivery and health care policies in rural minorities. Nationally and internationally, Raj is well known for his research contributions in genetic epidemiology and translational-focused investigations of complex diseases. The preeminent contribution by Raj is in home-based health care services that are sensitive to the culture and traditions of communities being served.

Over the past two decades, Raj has worked with Native communities to address persistent health disparities and has produced an impressive body of work and innovation in diabetes and kidney disease. Through his second PCORI funded project of home base care in four Native communities, he is evaluating the role of CHR in patient engagement to help address patient level fatigues in different aspects of diabetes and kidney care. Recently Raj received an NIH RO1 grant to recruit 500 Native Americans with chronic kidney disease as part of a cohort study.

Current Funded Active and Pending Studies


AD-1511-33553 (PI Shah) 1/1/17 – 7/1/22

Home-Based Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Care in Native Americans of New Mexico – A Disruptive Innovation.
Patient Center Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

2P20GM103451-19 (Lusetti) 04/01/19-03/31/24

NMINBRE: Native Health Initiative Population Health Core (Shah)

R01 DK119199-A1 (Shah and Unruh) 07/01/19 – 06/30/24

American Indian Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study

3-R01 DK119199-01 - American Indian CRIC Study of Diabetic Kidney Disease and Alzheimer Disease. – 7/1/2020 – 6/31/2021 PI


AD-1511-33553 (PI Shah) Enhancement grant -07/01/20 – 06/30/2021

COVID-19 related health and health care disruption in American Indians
Patient Center Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)


1 R01 MD015003-01A1 - Standing Strong in Tribal Communities: Assessing Elder Falls Disparity

4/1/2021 – 3/31/2026 - PI Total

1 U01 TR003526-01 - Intervening in Diabetes Education to Promote Patient Activation (IDEA)

12/01/2020 – 11/30/2024 – PI

PCORI COVID-19 Grant – (PI - Tracie Collins) REcognizing ExperienceS with COVID-19 to SUpport CommunitiEs of Color (RESCUE).


Explore Raj's bibliography