In memoriam: Shahla Nader-Eftekhari, MD


By Office of Communications

Dr. Shahla Nader-Eftekhari

Shahla Nader-Eftekhari, MD, professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, died April 21, 2021. She was 74.

A naturalized U.S. citizen, Nader-Eftekhari earned her M.B, Ch.B. from the University of Leeds, England. She completed her internship and residency at Chapel Allerton and St. James hospitals in Leeds and the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Queen Square, London. She completed an endocrine fellowship at Royal Postgraduate Medical School in Hammersmith Hospital, London and one at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

She joined the McGovern Medical School faculty in 1982 as an instructor in the departments of Reproductive Medicine and Biology and Internal Medicine. She moved up the faculty tracks in both the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences – being named professor in both in 1996. She also was a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences from 2005-2017 and served as the co-director of the Office of Women’s Health at The University of Texas Health Science Center from 1999-2003.

Her teaching responsibilities included that of medical students in their second, third, and fourth years, as well as residents and fellows. She advised PhD students as well as medical students and served as the co-director for the Reproductive Biology Course for second-year medical students for 12 years.

She was the principal investigator on numerous studies and was a popular invited speaker for the scientific and general community. Her numerous publications included two books, “Case Studies in Reproductive Endocrinology” and “Future Medicine,” an electronic book on polycystic ovary medicine.

“Dr. Nader-Eftekhari was a major figure in reproductive endocrinology and women’s health nationally and internationally,” said Philip Orlander, MD, professor and Edward Randall Chair in Internal Medicine and associate dean for Educational Programs. “She was an astute clinician who was able to demonstrate to her learners the skill of using clinical observation to develop scholarly research into the mechanisms of disease. Her love of teaching impacted legions of medical students, OB/GYN residents, internal medicine residents, and endocrinology fellows, and she will be sorely missed.”

She was a member of the Royal College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology and a member of the Endocrine Society, the American Society of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the Androgen Excess Society. She served in leadership positions for many location and national organizations, including the Houston Society of Clinical Endocrinologists, the Association of Women Faculty, UTHealth, and the Reproductive Medicine Committee of American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. She was named the 2016 Distinguished Physician by Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

Services have not been announced. She is under the care of Memorial Oaks Funeral Home.

In honor of her memory, the family has created an endowment in her name to support residents and fellows of the Department of Internal Medicine to attend academic conferences. To enhance the impact of gifts, the family will match all contributions. To contribute: https://giving.uth.edu/memorial