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Phone: 617 962-2371

Bio of Steve Shama, Inspirational Speaker

Steve Shama holds a Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree from Columbia College , a Medical Degree (MD) from Temple University School of Medicine and a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) from the Harvard School of Public Health.

He spent the early part of his career working with the National Institute For Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), traveling the country performing hazard evaluations in industry and conducting medical research. After completing his MPH in 1974, Steve completed his dermatology residency at Harvard Medical School Department of Dermatology in Boston. He also did a fellowship at St. John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin in London, England, working on ways to eliminate and treat industrial skin diseases. He has taught at Harvard Medical School as an instructor in dermatology for many years.

For over 30 years, Steve has been in private practice in dermatology and has been on the medical staff of the New England Deaconess Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Dermatology, the National Speakers Association and a life member of the Creative Education Foundation.

In 2010, Steve retired from medicine to devote more time to his other passion, engaging audiences all around the country with his unique brand of personal experiences and practical humor.

Steve has spoken to thousands of people since 1987, throughout the United States, Canada and Israel. Through his passionate keynote speeches and dynamic workshops, Steve’s inspirational stories and concrete examples help medical professionals, general audiences, and our youth learn how to communicate and connect in these challenging times – making it possible for them to rediscover their passion and joys of life.

Curriculum Vitae


Place of Birth
Date of Birth
Steven Kenneth Shama
One Brookline Place, Suite 406
Brookline, Massachusetts 02445
Brooklyn, New York
April 1, 1944
1965    B.A.
1970    M.D.
1974    M.P.H.
Columbia College, New York City
Temple Medical School, Philadelphia
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston (Occupational Medicine)
Postdoctoral Training
Internship and Residencies
1970 - 1971

1974 - 1977
Intern - straight medical, Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, Philadelphia. PA
Resident - Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Dept. of Dermatology, Boston, MA
Research Fellowships
1971 - 1973 Medical Officer, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Public Health Service, Cincinnati, Ohio. Provided research studies and general medical expertise for numerous occupational hazard evaluations performed in industries throughout the United States.
1977 - 1979 Clinical Associate, Dermatology Branch, National Cancer Institute National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. (Delayed-type hypersensitivity studies).
1979 - 1980 Clinical Fellow in general and occupational contact dermatitis: under the direction of Dr. Charles Calnan, St. John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, London, England.
Licensure and Certification

1981 - 1998

1998 - Present

1982 - Present

1990 - 1994

1989 - 1999
2001- 2004
Massachusetts License Registration No.36103
American Board of Dermatology – Diplomate Academic and Hospital Appointments
Active Staff, Dept. of Medicine, New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston
Active Staff, Dept. of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
Active Staff, Dept. of Medicine, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston
Consulting Staff in Dermatology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Clinical Instructor in Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Boston
Clinical Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston
Committee and Board Appointments
2000 - Present Board of Directors, Boston – National Youth Leadership Forum
Professional Organizations
1980 - Present
1980 - Present
1998 - 2016
American Academy of Dermatology – Fellow
American Medical Association – Active Member
National Speakers Association – Professional Speaker

AV Requirements

LED & screen for Powerpoint®
wireless lavalier clip on mic
handheld wireless mic on separate frequency

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“Steve Shama is totally committed to his message and clearly loves what he does. I enjoy his enthusiasm, his method of presentation and his entire approach. That’s why I have invited him to speak to the residents at the University several times. I know he’ll be someone they can learn from and that he speaks to what the essence of being a physician truly is. His messages resonates with medical students, residents and physicians in general”.
— Dr. William James,
Residency Program Director, University of PA, Past President of the American Academy of Dermatology

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