Eugene Shapiro, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics; Deputy Director, Investigative Medicine PhD Program; Co-Director of Education, Yale Center for CLinical Investigation
As a researcher who has had continuous NIH funding since 1983 and has mentored hundreds of young researchers, Eugene Shapiro, MD, is ideally suited to lead YCCI’s educational program. His commitment to training the next generation of researchers is evident in the enthusiasm he brings to teaching and mentoring and his longstanding involvement in many of Yale’s educational programs.
He served as a charter faculty member of the Investigative Medicine Program since its inception in 2000, has served as deputy director since 2004, and continues to direct a number of courses in the program. He has been co-director of education for YCCI since 2007 and has played a critical role in the success of the Scholars program, which has supported more than 100 Scholars, the vast majority of whom continue to thrive in ladder faculty positions at Yale and other academic institutions.
“My vision is to maximize opportunities for young investigators so they can become leaders in their fields, conducting patient-oriented research so they can have a maximal impact on the health and well being of patients,” he said. He finds it greatly rewarding when junior colleagues get excited about research and are able to reach their goals.
His interest in mentoring extends beyond informally and formally mentoring younger colleagues. Dr. Shapiro was an author of a report of the results of a national trial of the effectiveness of a curriculum to train mentors. Despite the significant time commitment involved in mentoring, typically little attention is given to training faculty for this vital role. The response to the training program was so positive that Dr. Shapiro and Patrick O’Connor, MD, associate director of YCCI’s T3 translational research core, continue to co-teach a yearly course on mentoring for Yale faculty.
An experienced clinical epidemiologist in pediatric infectious diseases, Dr. Shapiro is especially interested in vaccines and in Lyme disease. His research in these areas makes him an exemplary role model for junior investigators. He is currently involved in studies on the effectiveness of HPV vaccine in clinical practice. This work includes qualitative research to discover the reasons why uptake of the HPV vaccine is so low in the U.S. and a case-control study to evaluate the effectiveness of the vaccine by age at the time of vaccination and the number of doses given.
He also conducts research on Lyme disease that is focused on medically unexplained symptoms. In collaboration with Wendy Silverman, PhD, Alfred A. Messer Professor in the Child Study Center and professor of psychology, and integrative medicine specialist Ather Ali,ND, MPH, MHS, associate research scientist in pediatrics, he is investigating new approaches to therapy that include mindfulness-based stress reduction.