Dhaval Shah, M.D. – Medical License Status Changed to Inactive; Patient Died; Malpractice Lawsuit Filed
In a lawsuit filed recently by the Estate of Kalie Nicole Drew against Dr. Dhaval Shah and his business, Clinical Infectious Disease Specialist (CIDS), it is alleged that Dr. Shah along with other defendants failed to implement and provide appropriate care. Blood test results provided by Quest Diagnostics showed Ms. Drew had critical laboratory levels which required immediate attention. It is alleged that the care providers, including Dr. Shah, failed to respond to patient Ms. Drew’s critical lab results and as a result, Ms. Drew died.
It is alleged that during the one week period from February 5th-12th, 2019, none of the care providers or physicians, including Dr. Shah, intervene to address Ms. Drew’s critical laboratory values. On or about February 13, 2019, Ms. Drew awoke with chest pains and contacted 911. During transport to the hospital, she suffered cardiopulmonary arrest with hypotension. It is alleged that due to the care providers failing to respond to her critical labs, Ms. Drew died. However, after the death, Dr. Shah’s Physician Assistant Stephanie Shibata attempted to contact, on and around February 14th, Ms. Drew to discuss her lab values.
It is alleged that Dr. Shah breached his duty when Ms. Drew’s laboratory results were not adequately reviewed or acted upon and he omitted to act within the standard of care. Additionally, it is alleged that Dr. Shah is vicariously liable for damages resulting from his employees’ and/or agents’ negligent actions and omissions related to the medical care of Ms. Drew. Dr. Shah’s conduct in failing to supervise and/or correct negligence of his employee/agent, Ms. Shibata, demonstrated disregard for the safety of their patients.
The lawyer for Ms. Drew estate hired the services of a former Yale University’s Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine to review the medical records Ms. Kalie Drew. The physician report clearly indicates Clinical Infectious Disease, its staff, including but not limited to Dr. Dhaval Shah and Stephanie Shibata, PA-C, fell below the standard of care related to their response to the critical values from the lab results.
Previously, this publication reported Dr. Shah’s ongoing investigation in another patient’s death by the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners. Recently, Dr. Shah has petitioned the Medical Board to consolidate his investigative case Nevada Board of Medical Examiner vs. Dhaval Jaswantbhai Shah, M.D. with his former contract employee case Nevada Board of Medical Examiner vs. Asher Shahzad, M.D. In addition, vegasdesi also reported the investigation by the Department of Labor for unpaid overtime salary by Dr. Shah to his employees.
Currently, Dr. Shah’s medical license is on Inactive status. As per the regulations, the inactive license placement is at the will of the licensee. As per the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS 630.255) any licensee who changes the location of his or her practice of medicine from this State to another state or country, has never engaged in the practice of medicine in this State after licensure or has ceased to engage in the practice of medicine in this State for 12 consecutive months may be placed on inactive status by order of the Board.
Vegasdesi has learned Dr. Dhaval Shah has resigned from his position as Chairman of the Nevada Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. Additionally, Dr. Shah is embroiled in multiple non-medical related lawsuits in the District Court.
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