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Alumnus shares experience combining passions in economics, health care in career

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Carter Chang
At an event hosted by the Maroon Key Society on Jan. 24, Class of 2000 graduate Nirav Shah spoke to students about his career, which has combined medicine, analytics and digital health.

Class of 2000 graduate Nirav Shah spoke to students on Jan. 24 for the Maroon Mentor speaker series, hosted by the Maroon Key Society, about his career path with economics and health care, and choosing between two passions. He shared with students that it’s perfectly fine to not have a straight career path.

Dr. Shah is the medical director of quality innovation and clinical practice analytics, and of infectious disease research at the NorthShore University Health System. He is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Medicine. 

Dr. Shah’s expertise in diseases, analytics, informatics and digital health guided his talk about his job during the event. 

“I was very interested in science, all kinds of sciences, and I think I was very idealistic,” Dr. Shah said. “I think a lot of you guys are probably very idealistic. I had just been talking with some of you guys when I last was here a few months back and I think that provoked me to think about what do I want to do with my life, where do I want to go? And I wasn’t completely sure and I decided I would look into medicine, but also look into econ.” 

Dr. Shah discussed different approaches to a career he took, from applying to Doctors Without Boarders to building clinical trial infrastructure at NorthShore Health System. Dr. Shah explained that his career path was never a straight path, and he always wanted a mix of different areas and careers. 

“I was moving away from kind of practicing at an individual level to thinking more globally,” he said. “How do we manage large populations of patients, how do we make a larger impact? So I kept going down this path of not really knowing what I want to be when I grow up.”

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Chloe Alexander, Arts Editor
Chloë Alexander is a member of the Class of 2025 and serves as the arts editor. She joined the journalism family in the 2021-22 school year as a ninth grader and previously served as an assistant editor. Chloë enjoys journalism because it allows her to create a space for Lab students to be represented through writing. Her favorite story that she has written is “‘SOS’ showcases a wide range of styles and themes.” Outside of working on the Midway, she is a Maroon Key, plays the piano and enjoys reading. Awards: 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, Boston convention: Honorable mention, feature writing 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Honorable mention, news editing, headline and current events 2023 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, special coverage: (with Clare O’Connor, Amy Ren and William Tan), superior 2022 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: Briefs writing, first place (with Louis Auxenfans, Joaquin Figueroa, Chloe Ma, Amy Ren, Katie Sasamoto-Kurisu), Vol. 98, Issue 8 (March 10, 2022), Page 3
Carter Chang, Photographer
Carter Chang is a member of the Class of 2024 and serves as a photojournalism editor-in-chief. He joined the photo staff in the 2021-22 school year as a sophomore and returned as a senior. His favorite part of photojournalism is being able to capture the raw emotions expressed by people in school life photography. Outside of photojournalism, Carter enjoys all things health and fitness related. His favorite sport to shoot is tennis.  Awards: 2023 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: Academic photo, certificate of merit, "Burning up"

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