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Rupali (Pali) N. Shah, MD

Associate Professor

Associate Residency Program Director
Division of Voice and Swallowing Disorders, UNC Voice Center

Specialty: Laryngology

Medical and surgical treatment of voice and throat disorders including vocal paralysis/paresis, laryngopharyngeal reflux, laryngotracheal stenosis, benign and malignant neoplasms, and neurologic diseases including spasmodic dysphonia. Laryngeal botox, KTP laser and injection laryngoplasty.

Contact Information:

  • Appointments: (984) 974-6484
  • Surgery Scheduler: Ali Turner (919) 966-8961
  • Medical Assistant: Stephanie Joyner (984) 974-2132
  • Administrative Coordinator: Ellen Doutt (919) 966-3343


  • MD: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • Residency: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Fellowship: Laryngology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Professor, Division, Voice & Swallowing Disorders, Department of Otolaryngology and University of North Carolina Hospitals
  • Clinical Instructor, Elmhurst & Queens Hospital Center
  • Laryngology Fellow, Department of Otolaryngology Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
  • Intern/Writer, CNN Medical Department, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Atlanta, GA
  • MCAT/DAT Instructor, Kaplan Educational Center, Athens, GA

Honors and Awards

  • 2017: Academic Career Leadership Academy in Medicine (ACCLAIM) Scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • 2016: Clinical Science Excellence in Teaching Award, Academy of Educators, UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2015: Clinician & Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems Recognition Award, UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2015: Sophomore Basic Science Course Award for “Brain and Behavior” at the Whitehead Lecture, UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2013: Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting: First place poster presentation; Laryngology/Bronchoesophagology. Scottsdale, AZ Jan 2013.
  • 2012: The Pillsbury Leadership Award, UNC Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Residency Program
  • 2012: The Drake Foreign Body Award, UNC Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Residency Program
  • 2010: Representative, AAO-HNS Section for Residents and Fellows
  • 2006-2007: Admissions Committee, Emory University School of Medicine

Recent Publications

For a list of recent publications, please visit Dr. Shah’s PubMed listing.