Fairmont native Dr. Ed Shahady has spent his professional career in the field of medical education.
A 1960 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit, Dr. Shahady also is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Medicine in 1964. Dr. Shahady’s leadership in medicine began in 1965 when he was drafted and became a Naval medical officer attached to a Marine combat battalion in Vietnam.
Seeing a need for care of sick Vietnamese children, he led the effort to build a children’s hospital. He wrote back to the administrators and medical leaders in Akron, Ohio and successfully obtained supplies to treat the children. The lives of many Vietnamese children were saved because of this hospital. Once he returned to finish his residency he continued to help raise funds for the hospital until the South Vietnam government toppled in 1973. Dr. Shahady was awarded a Bronze Star from the U.S. Navy and two social service medals from the Republic of South Vietnam for his dedication and leadership.
In 1970, he became the residency director in Akron Ohio. His innovative and creative style quickly vaulted the program into national prominence and a model for others to emulate. In 1973 Dr. Shahdy became the inaugural department chair of family medicine at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. In 1976 he was named chairman of the department of family medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
At UNC, Dr. Shahady led the efforts for a nationally and internationally known faculty development program. He undertook fundraising to build a 50,000 square foot family medicine building. During this time he received the prestigious Thomas Johnson Award for medical education from the American Academy of Family Physicians. In 1986 Dr. Shahady spent four months in South and Central America assisting universities and hospitals from five countries create family practice training programs. Several physicians from these countries traveled to UNC to enhance their teaching and academic skills where he served as their mentor.
In 1994 Dr. Shahady became the inaugural residency director for a University of Florida program in Coral Springs and later spent time as a professor at University of Miami and Florida State University. He completed his full time academic work in 2005 but maintains faculty appointments as a clinical professor at both the University of Miami and University of Florida.
Dr. Shahady has always been a champion for physicians contributing back to their communities. For 25 years, he has been a volunteer team physician for local high schools and served as team physician for the Special Olympics, senior games and multiple other organizations and events. At such activities, Dr. Shahdy always brought students and residents to these activities and taught them the importance of giving back to the community as well as how to practice sports medicine.
He has been an elected board member for several national and international family medicine organizations. He also served as president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and vice president of the International Center for Family Medicine.
Dr. Shahady has contributed to more than 150 scientific articles and five books in the areas of diabetes, the metabolic syndrome, group medical visits, sports medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, behavioral science, physician retirement, patient centered medical home, and the contribution of family medicine to effective health systems.
Currently, Dr. Shahady serves as the medical director of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Diabetes Master Clinician Program. As medical director, he visits physicians’ offices and helps physicians and office staffs recognize and address the many barriers diabetic patients face.
His work was recognized in 2008 when he was recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine with the National Innovation in Practice Improvement Award and in 2009 received the Florida Surgeon General for the General Health Innovation, Prevention and Management Award. He also is the recipient of the distinguished alumni awards from West Virginia University School of Medicine and Wheeling Jesuit University.
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