Welcome to the orthopedic sports medicine and shoulder practice of Dr. Anup Shah at Banner-University Medical Group and the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. We are thankful you have chosen to see us today and look forward to helping you. The purpose of this packet is to provide basic information about the practice to help you navigate today’s visit, coordinate your care, and introduce you to your care team.
We hope you find your visit with Dr. Shah rewarding, informative, and educational. He values his patient relationships and his philosophy of treating patients as he would a family member will be apparent during his visit with you. Dr. Shah will provide the spectrum of treatment options and his recommendation. Non-operative treatment measures such as medication, injection, physical therapy, and other modalities will be discussed. A referral may be provided to another provider who further specializes in your needs. Please see the section below for information if you are given any of these options.
Medications: Medications are often recommended as a first line treatment for many orthopedic complaints. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are one of the most prescribed medications. These can be taken over the counter (OTC) or a stronger NSAID medication may be prescribed. With an advanced electronic medical record system, medications will be sent the pharmacy on file. Dr. Shah does not routinely prescribe narcotic medication for non-operative pathologies.
Please remember, medications requiring a higher dose and frequency are probably best prescribed and followed by your primary care physician. If you have a known medical condition or have liver or kidney disease, it would be best to consult your primary care physician prior to taking medications. Maximum dosing can vary from patient to patient, so a thorough understanding of your health is paramount prior to taking medications.
Physical Therapy: Physical therapy is often recommended to treat various musculoskeletal may be prescribed at your visit. If you are prescribed physical therapy during today’s visit, we will print out a physical therapy prescription and provide you with various Banner Select locations. We work closely with our therapists, who are familiar with our treatment protocols and instructions.
Advanced Imaging (MRI, CT scan, or Ultrasound): In addition to x-rays in our office it may be necessary to obtain advanced imaging such as an MRI, CT scan, or ultrasound to help us diagnose your medical issue. If this is the case, we will print out a prescription for the imaging request that you can take with you to an imaging center. These imaging procedures are conducted at imaging centers, not at your visit today.
The imaging request will be processed through Banner Imaging, and you will be called to schedule your appointment. If you do not receive a call within three days, please contact Banner Imaging (480-610-7400), Simon Med Imaging (866-614-8555), or Scottsdale Medical Imaging (480-425-5030) directly to make an appointment. It is much easier for us to review the imaging if you obtain the imaging at one of these centers as we have access to these images through online portals. If you attend any other imaging center, you will need to bring a copy of your medical imaging and report on a CD with you to your follow up appointment.
We look forward to working with and treating you, and we hope you have an excellent experience in our practice.
Getting to Know Dr. Shah
Dr. Shah is a dual fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon and specialist who focuses on the surgical and non-surgical management of the knee and shoulder. He completed a Shoulder Fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at Baylor Medical College in Houston, Texas. Additionally, he holds an MBA from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Prior to joining Banner Sports Medicine, Dr. Shah practiced in Houston, Texas for a decade. He returned to his hometown to help build a high caliber sports medicine center with Banner Sports Medicine. He currently serves as a team physician for the NBA Phoenix Suns and the MLB Milwaukee Brewers. His prior team coverage includes the NFL Houston Texas, MLB Houston Astros, and MLS Houston Dynamo.
Along with his commitment to providing outstanding patient care, Dr. Shah believes strongly in the importance of advancing the field of orthopedic surgery through his involvement in leadership, advocacy, and education. He is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, fellows, physical therapists, physician assistants, and athletic trainers in his role as an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Shah is also an active member of the research team that is dedicated to advancing orthopedic care, specifically in sports medicine and specialties of the knee and shoulder. He has numerous peer reviewed publications, presents at national and international conferences, and is a reviewer for multiple orthopedic journals. Additionally, he is an active member of multiple national societies including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES), and American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).
In addition to spending time with his family, Dr. Shah enjoys an athletic lifestyle and golfing. He is an avid follower of Phoenix sports and is a formerly ranked USTA tennis player himself.