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Rupali (Pali) N. Shah, MD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Voice and Swallowing of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. She is interested in the medical and surgical treatment of voice and throat disorders including vocal paralysis/paresis, laryngopharyngeal reflux, laryngotracheal stenosis, benign and malignant lesions of the larynx and pharynx, and neurologic diseases that affect voice including spasmodic dysphonia.



Dr. Shah graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology, and a Minor Certification in Spanish. She went on to pursue her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She had the pleasure of completing her residency in Otolaryngology here at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Shah joined the UNC Voice Center after receiving further specialty fellowship training in Laryngology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York. She is a board certified Otolaryngologist.


She has prided herself on leadership from her days as Chairman of Students to the University of Georgia Council to winning the “Pillsbury Leadership Award” as a resident in Otolaryngology. She has authored numerous publications in national and international peer reviewed journals and given talks/lectures at national Otolaryngology meetings.


Dr. Shah is the Associate Residency Program Director for the UNC Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. She also serves on the Curriculum Committee and Program Evaluation Committee. Dr. Shah is dedicated to the education and mentorship of medical students and residents, and is currently the Director of Medical Student Affairs for Otolaryngology. She is the current Otolaryngology Curriculum Course Director for the UNC School of Medicine.

Care Philosophy:

Your voice is one of your most important tools, and it may be the key to your livelihood. I believe in a multidisciplinary approach to the care of your voice. I believe that a visit to your physician should be a pleasant, specialized experience. We offer a variety of services and are committed to helping you make the best decision for your care with our assistance.