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Shanta M. Zimmer, MD


Associate Professor of Medicine

Director, Internal Medicine Residency Training Program

Office: MUH W933
200 Lothrop St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-864-2136
Fax: 412-692-4825
E-mail: zimmersm2@upmc.edu

BA, Catholic University of America, 1993
MD, Emory University School of Medicine, 1997

Internal Medicine Residency, Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, 2000
Chief Resident in Medicine, Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, 2001
Infectious Disease Fellowship, Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, 2004

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
Innate immunity and vaccinology
Research training and medical education

Shanta M. Zimmer, MD is an infectious diseases physician and Associate Professor of Medicine with research experience in immunology and vaccinology. She is a member of the vaccine modeling initiatives at the Graduate School of Public Health and has been involved in pandemic influenza projects, where she led efforts to perform one of the earliest sero-surveys in the U.S. during the H1N1 pandemic. Her interests include understanding transmission of influenza and benefits of various prevention strategies and she is Co-Investigator of the CDC funded SMART study of influenza transmission in Pittsburgh schools. Dr. Zimmer’s greatest passion is as a clinician-educator and mentor. She directs the Introduction to Being a Physician course for first year medical students and is a mentor for students in all four years. Dr. Zimmer is also the Program Director for the UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside Internal Medicine Residency Program and her educational interests include diversity training and reflection during residency.

Recent Grants
Title: Measuring Cause-Specific School Absences to Estimate Influenza Transmission
Role: Co-Investigator
Amount: $1,500,000
Funding Agency: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2017
Title: Social Mixing And Respiratory Transmission in Schools
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount: $1,400,000
Funding Agency: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2014

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