Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

159 Patient Ratings
48 Patient Comments

Paul J. Shami, M.D.

Specialties

Languages

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French

Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 585-0100 Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Hematology Clinic
1950 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Map

Bio

Dr. Paul Shami is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies at the University of Utah and is a Member and Clinical Investigator at the University’s Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) . Dr. Shami also holds an Adjunct appointment as a Professor of Pharaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology. Dr. Shami oversees the leukemia program at Hunstman Cancer Institute, where he has established the most comprehensive leukemia clinical trials program in the Intermountain West. Because of his expertise and national recognition in the treatment of blood cancers, he sits on the Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome panels of the National Cancer Center Network (NCCN). These NCCN panels develop guidelines that are followed nationally and internationally for the treatment of cancer.

For questions regarding Dr. Shami's practice, our clinical programs or for help identifying the right Hematology specialist for you or for your family member, please feel free to contact our Clinical Care Specialist/New Patient Coordinator at http://www.huntsmancancer.org or (801) 585-6906.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Professor
Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry - Adjunct Professor
Academic Divisions Hematology/BMT
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Hematology)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Medical Oncology)
Cancer Center Programs Experimental Therapeutics

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
4.8
My confidence in care provider
4.8
Time care provider spent with me
4.8
Care provider spoke using clear language
4.9
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.8
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
4.8
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
4.9
Wait time at clinic
3.9
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.9

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

June 04, 2014

One thing we appreciate about Dr. Shami is his honesty and he uses words we understand. He doesn't talk down to us.

May 11, 2014

Dr. Shami is a very gentle Dr. He spends time with you and he uses words that we can understand and he doesn't talk down to us. He is a wonderful Dr. I am lucky to have him in my corner!

April 28, 2014

EVERYONE in my circle of friends and family knows about Dr. Shami! As an example of #2 and#7, Dr. Shami explained about my stem cells and how they are like the "Special Forces" where there may not be as many of them, but they sure do their job. This analogy helped my family understand how my counts can be so low, and I still do so well. As an example of #4, I asked to continue my magnesium supplements until my blood test convinced me I had enough. Dr. Shami listened to me and my concerns. He is the best, without a doubt, and I feel so fortunate to have him as my physician. I hope Mr. Huntsman knows this.

April 09, 2014

Dr. Shami is an awesome Dr. I would recommend him any day!

February 28, 2014

Dr. Shami took the time to answer my questions and in a language I could understand. I felt like I was his only patient for the entire day!

January 21, 2014

I even received a personal call within a couple of hours after my appointment regarding a question we asked. Dr. Shami consulted with another doctor on a report of two years ago and left me a message with the answer that very same day.

December 18, 2013

Dr. Shami is wonderful. He takes care of all my needs and concerns. In my family - he is our hero!

December 12, 2013

Amanda PA, bone marrow biopsy, very good experience even though it hurt

December 12, 2013

Dr Shami and Renee are the best

December 11, 2013

My visit was for lab work only

October 23, 2013

Aimie, Renee, and Dr. Shami continue to provide such excellent care for me! As soon as Dr. Shami had the results of my bone marrow biopsy, he personally called to explain the numbers. As busy as he must be, he always communicates with my husband and myself as soon as he can. This is such a relief. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be under his care for so many reasons.

October 07, 2013

Dr. Shami is the best doctor I have ever seen. This last visit I was extremely ill and needed help for an issue other than my leukemia. He was on the phone and taking care of it within minutes of seeing me. He not only showed how much he cares about his patients but also just how far he is willing to go to see them get better. I will never be able to thank him for all he did and has done.

October 07, 2013

Dr. Shami..Aimi and Renee have always treated me and my family with truth and respect!

September 23, 2013

Dr. Shami and Dr. Hildebrandt are just amazing to us, as are the teams behind each of them. I could not have two finer teams taking care of me. Both of them and their staffs have gone above and beyond to help me achieve my transplant under very difficult circumstances. Dr. Shami wrote a letter on my behalf to assist with the donor's concerns, to no avail, but it certainly meant so much to both myself and my husband and other family members. He did what he could. That letter was on target and explained my health status in such an understanding and caring manner. Dr. Shami stayed in contact with Dr. Hildebrandt while on vacation to assist with the donor process in a timely manner. They consulted on ways to address all the issues presented to them which took lots of time and dollars. They stood behind their ethics when presented with the bizarre, which was the right thing to do. It was tough for all of us when in the end the donor declined to help me; however, we knew all had been done that could have been done by the amazing Huntsman Teams to make my transplant happen.

September 09, 2013

I really appreciated how the care provider made me feel like I was not rushed and that I could ask him and his assistant anything.

September 04, 2013

Renae and Dr Shami are the best

July 29, 2013

Dr. Shami told us what's happening and what caused it. He is very forth coming with what we can expect.

July 08, 2013

love everyone there! felt cared for.

June 12, 2013

Dr. Shami and his fellow gave me a lot of face time and explained everything in detail in a way myself and my family could understand.

May 20, 2013

We continue to be grateful for everything we receive from Dr. Shami and ALL of his staff. Any documents we request are immediately printed off and discussed so we understand what they mean.

May 14, 2013

I have so many health issues going on, I hope someone will eventually tie them altogether.

May 07, 2013

Long time waitilng but doctor spent time with me and answered all our questions.

April 30, 2013

I am so impressed with Dr. Shami's willingness to take the time to clearly explain the many possibilities of my illness and to answer all of my questions. He was compassionate while being thorough and professional. He made me feel like I was in the "BEST HANDS" possible.

April 16, 2013

My husband and I always prepare questions for our appointment with Dr. Shami. These questions are always answered clearly and we leave with a sense of well being, knowing that Dr. Shami and all of his team know everything about me. All questions are dealt with in a friendly, non-hurried manner with clear explanations.

March 13, 2013

We never, ever, feel rushed during our appointments. We ask many questions and always receive clear answers to them. Follow up on test results are conveyed on the spot with copies so we can examine the numbers. At this appointment, some results were not available until the next evening. I was sent an email at 9 p.m. with a personal note from my doctor explaining the bone marrow draw results. Now that is SERVICE!

March 04, 2013

Dr. Shami rocks and I am lucky to have him as my physician

February 25, 2013

Dr Shami is the best!!!!!!!!!!

January 28, 2013

Outstanding - great listener.

December 18, 2012

Dr. Shami has such a calming manner about him as he talks to us in a way we can understand. He ALWAYS takes his time to answer all of our questions and provide information for our many inquiries.

November 19, 2012

Outstanding facility, outstanding professionals! I have the ultimate confidence in them all.

November 19, 2012

My husband and I consider the experiences at Huntsman the absolute best anywhere. We drive 5 hours to and from our home to Huntsman because of the medical care I am receiving. So worth the trip! From the team at the front desk, lab technicians (Jolin today) nurses (Deirdre and Amy), and Dr. Shami... all make the total experience one in which my husband and I know we are receiving the very best care. Nick, who did my scheduling for my next appointment was very patient with me as I tried to make a decision about my December appointment. Very gracious and accommodating.

October 29, 2012

What more can we say...coming to my appointments to Huntsman exceeds our expectations. Renee, who performed my bone marrow draw, made special accommodations, late in the day, to do the procedure. And it was a GOOD ONE! Deirdre was very gracious in listening to our request and ensured that this patient was comfortable and a "happy camper"! Dr. Shami truly listens to both me and my husband. How he maintains that calm, unhurried demeanor and concern for us as individuals when I'm sure he has so much going on, I just don't know. Recommend to others...YOU BET! All of my friends and family know I'm receiving the very best care!

October 27, 2012

We have dealt with surgeons and doctors here in Idaho, and they did not inspire confidence on my part. On the other hand, our experience with HCI was a complete contrast to our experience here at home. All the doctors we dealt with at HCI did give us the confidence that I would be just fine.

September 24, 2012

We love Dr Shami - he's the best

August 28, 2012

I am very impressed with medical staff.

August 27, 2012

We love Dr Shami !!!!!!!!

August 22, 2012

My husband and I continue to boast about the personal care and concern I am receiving. Dr. Shami had just returned from vacation and am sure he had a huge list of patients and things to do. But never once did we feel rushed during this appointment. His humor, sincere concern, and patience with us is so greatly appreciated.

August 14, 2012

Dr. Shami is excellent. He has a very kind and gentle manner about him. I appreciate how he explains things in terms I can understand. He uses helpful analogies in explaining things. I have full confidence in his abilities and his advice. I would highly recommend him.

July 16, 2012

I have great faith in Dr. Shami and his assistants (Deidre, Sam and Renae)and feel rather insecure whenever they are not available and I have a medical issue that needs attention.

June 25, 2012

Dr Shami is GREAT!!!!

June 09, 2012

excellent

May 03, 2012

Dr. Shami is the BEST!

March 29, 2012

I absolutely adore Dr. Shami & Renee!!!

March 22, 2012

Dr. Shami was very generous in time commitment to us. We did not feel rushed and felt that all of our numerous questions were answered in detail. Especially for me, the patient, I felt that both doctors explained the details in a way that I could understand what they were saying. Whenever we asked for a copy of reports or lab results, they were immediately printed off for our review. The bedside manner of both doctors was excellent.

February 23, 2012

I feel confident about my care with your doctors, I know I am in good hands.

February 13, 2012

The medical staff thinks you know everything they know. They ask for questions but don't give you anymore info than you ask for. What if I don't know right questions to ask?

February 09, 2012

Dr. Shami is great.

February 02, 2012

Spent some time at the Mayo Clinic. The level of service provided at Huntsman surpasses.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Nitric Oxide
  • Nitric Oxide Donors
  • Glutathione Transferase
  • Leukemia, Myeloid
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Drug Development

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Professor
Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry - Adjunct Professor
Academic Divisions Hematology/BMT
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Hematology)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Medical Oncology)
Cancer Center Programs Experimental Therapeutics

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 585-5136 2000 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 585-5136 Huntsman Cancer Institute
Medical Oncology
2000 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Paul J. Shami, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. He is an Investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute, a member of the Experimental Therapeutics program, and holds an adjunct appointment of Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Dr. Shami oversees the leukemia program at Hunstman Cancer Institute, where he has established the most comprehensive leukemia clinical trials program in the Intermountain West. Because of his expertise and national recognition in the treatment of blood cancers, he sits on the Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome panels of the National Cancer Center Network (NCCN). These NCCN panels develop guidelines that are followed nationally and internationally for the treatment of cancer.

He initially established his research lab at the George E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he was Chief of Hematology/Oncology between 2002 and 2005. In 2004 his lab was moved to the University of Utah. The Shami laboratory focuses on the development of new therapies for cancer. In collaboration with a team of chemists (led by Dr. Larry Keefer) at the National Cancer Institute, he has developed a new class of drugs that deliver nitric oxide to cancer cells in a targeted fashion. To lead this effort, he founded JSK Therapeutics Inc. (JSKT), a Utah-based biotech start-up company. Dr. Shami has received multiple grants and significant support from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the National Cancer Institute.

Dr, Shami obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, followed by his degree in medicine at the same institution. He completed both his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He remained at Duke to accomplish two Fellowships: One in Hematology/Oncology and the other, a Research Fellowship, in Cell Biology.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Duke University Medical Center
Hematology/Oncology
Fellow
Research Fellow Duke University Medical Center
Cell Biology
Research Fellow
Residency Duke University Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Resident
Internship Duke University Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Intern
Professional Medical American University of Beirut
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate American University of Beirut
Chemistry
B.S.

Publications

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Clinical Trials

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