Bhavya R. Shah, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Neuroradiology Division. He holds a secondary appointment as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, the Advanced Imaging Research Center, and the Center for Alzheimer's and Neurodegenerative Diseases. He is also the Director of the Transcranial-Focused Ultrasound Lab.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Shah earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia. He completed his residency training at Boston University Medical Center and then received advanced training through a two-year National Institutes of Health-funded T-32 fellowship program at Stanford University School of Medicine during which time he also completed a biomedical device innovation program. He subsequently completed a fellowship program in neuroradiology at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago.

Dr. Shah’s primary clinical and research interests are the application of transcranial focused ultrasound (FUS) for the treatment of neurologic and psychiatric disease.

Advancing image-guided, incision-less, precision medicine therapies for neurologic and psychiatric diseases. 

Dr. Shah and his team have developed advanced imaging approaches to personalize MR-Guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MRgHIFU) for the treatment of Essential Tremor (ET) & Tremor Dominant Parkinson’s Disease (TDPD). MRgHIFU uses a steerable, ultrasound array to ablate brain tissue under real-time image guidance. This incision-less procedure is FDA approved for ET, TDPD, and Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr. Shah also leads several brain focused ultrasound (FUS) clinical trials for Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Tumors. Dr. Shah’s pre-clinical lab has developed novel FUS methods to deliver diagnostic and therapeutic agents across the blood brain barrier and studies the role of Low Intensity Focused Ultrasound for neuromodulation.

Dr. Shah is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Radiological Society of North America, the American Society of Neuroradiology, the American Society of Functional Neuroradiology, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery.


Medical School
University of Missouri Columbia School of Medicine (2005)
Lutheran General Hospital (2006), Internal Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine (2007), Ophthalmology
Boston University Medical Center (2011), Diagnostic Radiology
Stanford University Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) Program (2013), Cancer Imaging
University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics (2014), Neuroradiology

Research Interest

  • Advanced Precision Neuro-Imaging Techniques
  • Brain Focused Ultrasound
  • Gene Therapy
  • Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Procedures
  • MR-Guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound - Brain
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Neuromodulation
  • Neuropsychiatric Diseases


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

First High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Thalamotomy in a Patient with Cerebral Aneurysms.
Feltrin FS, White A, O'Suilleabhain P, Mckenzie L, Pride L, Shah BR, Mov Disord Clin Pract 2024 Jan
MR Thermometry during Transcranial MR Imaging-Guided Focused Ultrasound Procedures: A Review.
Mattay RR, Kim K, Shah L, Shah B, Sugrue L, Safoora F, Ozhinsky E, Narsinh KH, AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2023 Dec 45 1 1-8
ELectronic Archimedes spiral Neural Network (ELANN).
Holcomb JM, Maldjian JA, Xi Y, O'Suilleabhain PE, Louis ED, Shah BR, Parkinsonism Relat Disord 2023 Sep 115 105837
Improving tremor response to focused ultrasound thalamotomy.
Holcomb JM, Chopra R, Feltrin FS, Elkurd M, El-Nazer R, McKenzie L, O'Suilleabhain P, Maldjian JA, Dauer W, Shah BR, Brain Commun 2023 5 4 fcad165
Focused ultrasound using a novel targeting method four-tract tractography for magnetic resonance-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound targeting.
Feltrin FS, Chopra R, Pouratian N, Elkurd M, El-Nazer R, Lanford L, Dauer W, Shah BR, Brain Commun 2022 4 6 fcac273
Advanced MRI techniques for transcranial high intensity focused ultrasound targeting.
Shah BR, Lehman VT, Kaufmann TJ, Blezek D, Waugh J, Imphean D, Yu FF, Patel TR, Chitnis S, Dewey RB, Maldjian JA, Chopra R, Brain 2020 09 143 9 2664-2672

Honors & Awards

  • Best Doctors Award
    D Magazine (2022)
  • Best Presentation - Interventional Neuroradiology (Senior Author)
    American Society of Neuroradiology (2022)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Board of Radiology
  • American College of Radiology
  • American Society for Functional Neuroradiology
  • American Society of Neuroradiology
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • Radiological Society of North America
  • Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery