KAMAL SHAH, M.D. AND MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF PATHOS
Dr. Shah believes that true healing comes from within. The ultimate goal of treatment is to empower you to manage your health and wellness to live the life you were meant to. Dr. Shah works to investigate, diagnose, guide treatment, teach, and become a lens through which you may better understand yourself. His goal is to be present with you along your journey.
His training in Complementary and Alternative Medicine has taught him to focus on using preventive and alternative treatments first. He focuses on integrating other healing techniques in his practice at the Lovett Center. If medication seems advisable, he will collaborate with you to create a treatment plan to limit the amount and duration of medication treatment. He believes in using medications to help stabilize the body while you do the work of healing the mind through work with your counselor and clinicians. Dr. Shah uses medications to treat symptoms, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other issues. These medications don’t cure problems, but are an evidence-based and effective way to manage symptoms. Medications may have side effects, so he works to minimize the use of medications while encouraging prevention, psychotherapy, and complementary treatments. We all work together to initiate alternative strategies, so you may be able to progress in your treatment goal at your own pace when you are ready.
Dr. Shah is passionate about helping patients on all three planes: Mind, Body and Spirit. He works closely with clients’ mental health care team to ensure integrated care as patients undergo the healing process. He aims to provide comprehensive diagnoses and flexible treatment plans.
Treating the causes of addiction and underlying disorders involves understanding both the biologic effects and human experiences of illness. A key part of Dr. Shah’s practice is developing a physician-patient relationship within a compassionate and non-judgmental environment that becomes the foundation for successful treatment.
Dr. Shah’s practice includes:
Addiction Medicine: Treatment for opioid, alcohol, other substance use disorders and process addictions. Medication assisted treatment and assistance with co-occurring condition including anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
General Neurology: headaches, migraine, carpal tunnel syndrome, other neuropathies, head injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and seizure disorders, dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease), movement disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s disease and essential tremors).
Dr. Shah earned his medical degree from Tulane University. He completed his residency in Neurology at the University of Texas at TMC. He then completed fellowships in Movement Disorders and Addiction Medicine. His diverse background includes studies in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California and Master’s Degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from Georgetown.