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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Karan Shah, MD, MBA

Radiation Oncologist

CTCA Chicago

"The effects of cancer span a wide spectrum — physical, mental, emotional, social and even financial. CTCA is unique in that it provides services to address all these aspects and more."

- Karan Shah, MD, MBA

Patient Rating

4.9 / 5
58 Ratings

About Our Ratings

Medical degree

  • Doctor of Medicine - Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL

Internship / Residency

  • Radiation Oncology Residency - Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL
  • Transitional Internship - Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Advanced degree(s)

  • Masters in Business Administration, Healthcare Management & Finance - Loyola University Chicago, Graduate School of Business, Chicago, IL

Certification(s)

  • Radiation Oncology - American Board of Radiology

Practicing since:

For Dr. Karan Shah, Radiation Oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), a career in medicine was the inevitable choice. “Being a doctor allows me to merge my interest in the human body with my desire to make a positive difference in the world,” he says. 

Born in India, Dr. Shah came to the United States at age 12. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor in biostatistics and accounting, at Loyola University Chicago, where he also completed a Masters in Business Administration with concentration in healthcare management and finance. He completed his Doctor of Medicine at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 2010, attending on a full-tuition merit scholarship and receiving the President’s Medallion for outstanding achievement in his final year.

Dr. Shah completed a Transitional Internship at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago from 2010 to 2011. He completed his Residency in Radiation Oncology at Loyola University Medical Center, becoming Chief Resident in 2014.

During residency, Dr. Shah published original research on head and neck cancer and radiation oncology in several peer-reviewed medical journals. He authored a phase I protocol investigating the combination of intraoperative radiotherapy with kyphoplasty to treat spinal metastases. He is a member and serves on the Health Policy Council of the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Shah joined the radiation oncology department at CTCA® Chicago in August 2015. He has expertise in the use of 3D conformal radiation, intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, stereotactic body radiation therapy, intraoperative radiation therapy, brachytherapy, hyperthermia, and radiopharmaceutical therapy. Dr. Shah has a strong interest in clinical research and in particular, writing investigator-initiated clinical trials to examine new innovative approaches to treating cancer. “My overall goal is to be able to cure the cancer using the most optimal treatment modalities combined with an individual, patient-centered focus,” says Dr. Shah, “and to provide effective comprehensive cancer care.”

When he is not at CTCA, Dr. Shah enjoys basketball, music, travel, leisure reading and spending time with family and friends.

 

Patient ratings and comments

The patient ratings and comments on this page are obtained from an external Press Ganey® outpatient survey provided to all eligible CTCA patients within one to two weeks of their treatment occurrence. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five-star rating. In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, or do not relate to the patient’s experience with the doctor involved. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA.

Patient rating

5 / 5
9/28/2018
*Dr. Shah is great knowledgeable & compassionate, patient. Very happy with him.

Patient rating

3.1 / 5
9/26/2018
in the beginning I had lots of confidence in him and the technology. lost some of that confidence when I asked if my back would be affected because of things I had heard. he said I had no worries about my back because the direction of radiation. however my back was affected which made me loose confidence in either his knowledge or honesty.

Patient rating

5 / 5
5/9/2018
Dr. Shaw is the best. He is a brilliant doctor and I would recommend him to anyone.

Patient rating

5 / 5
5/7/2018
Thank you again for Dr. Shah.

Patient rating

5 / 5
4/26/2018
Dr. Shah is likely the best doctor I have ever been treated by. Not only do I have confidence in him medically, but he seems to care about me. He is available, knowledgeable, personable, professional. I and my family am very happy with his care and thankful to God that he is treating me.

Patient rating

5 / 5
4/26/2018
I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Shah's plan to treat my cancer.

Patient rating

5 / 5
4/18/2018
Dr. Karan Shah was patient and thorough explaining his observations and offering advice on treatment going forward. The confidence he displayed gave me hope.

Patient rating

5 / 5
4/17/2018
I was made to feel very confident and omfortable

Patient rating

5 / 5
4/15/2018
I never had a doubt about the outcome of my treatments. I am currently in remission. I recommend Dr Shah and CTCA to anyone who needs treatment.

Patient rating

5 / 5
4/1/2018
very good

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About our star ratings

The patient star ratings are an average of all responses to physician-related questions on our nationally recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) measures patient satisfaction as part of our effort toward continuous improvement in all aspects of the patient experience. We partner with Press Ganey®, a third-party-validated organization with over 30 years of experience supporting over 26,000 health care organizations, to survey our patients about their recent experiences at CTCA®.

Why is this information important?

CTCA is committed to transparency. Not only do the surveys allow us to continuously improve our services, but we hope these ratings will help you feel confident in your decision to seek care at CTCA.

How are the star scores calculated?

All eligible CTCA patients receive a survey from Press Ganey within one to two weeks after their treatment occurrence. In addition to being asked about their overall experience at CTCA, patients are asked to score the level of confidence they have in their provider, as well as the likelihood they will recommend the physician to others. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five-star rating, with one star being the lowest possible rating and five stars being the highest.

Are all comments included?

In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. Patients’ names and other identifying information are removed from the comments for confidentiality and patient privacy. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, do not relate to the patient’s experience with the doctor involved, or are statements that cannot be verified as factual. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA. All ratings are included even if a comment is excluded.

Why don’t all physicians have ratings and comments?

Following industry best practice, star ratings and comments are only published for physicians with a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys. This helps us ensure that the sample size is large enough to give you an accurate representation of the physician's care.

Star ratings and comments are not available for all physicians or specialties. The validated Press Ganey survey captures patient experience feedback with the primary oncology services of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which include only medical, radiation and in-office gynecologic oncology services. Gynecologic surgeries are not evaluated at this time because a different survey tool would be required.

Can anyone provide ratings and responses for a physician?

No. Only patients who are under the care of the physician can provide a response through the Press Ganey survey. Eligible patients receive the survey either by mail or email after their treatment occurrence. Survey responses are completely voluntary.

How do you protect patient information for those who have responded to the survey?

Patient privacy is of the utmost importance to us. If a review comment includes any information that could identify a patient (e.g., name, etc.), it is removed from the comment prior to publishing on the physician’s bio page. All patient information that has been removed from a comment is designated with an ellipsis, or “[…]”.

How often are the scores updated?

Press Ganey surveys are sent out all year long. All patient ratings and reviews are regularly updated and published within a month of receiving the responses. Ratings and reviews remain on a physician’s bio page for one year after being published. After that time period, the ratings and reviews older than a year are removed to ensure the most current information is available.

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