Nithya Setty-Shah, M.D., M.S.

Family Medicine


Jersey City Downtown


Family Medicine

Interest in Lifestyle Medicine

Primary Location:

Jersey City Downtown Office

127 Montgomery Street

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Tel: 201.431.7200

Fax: 201.526.0474


Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA


Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA


University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA


Rutgers RWJMS-Family Medicine and Community Health, New Brunswick, NJ

Board Certifications:

American Board of Family Medicine

Professional Associations:

American College of Lifestyle Medicine

American Academy of Family Physicians

New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians



Basic Spanish

Accepts New Patients

Dr. Setty-Shah Helps Patients Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices Through Primary Care

“I like to help my patients make attainable lifestyle goals that they are excited about, so that they can take the steps they need to keep their bodies healthy.”

Dr. Nithya Setty-Shah, primary care physician at Vanguard Medical Group in Jersey City, has cared for others her whole life. As a child, she was nicknamed “Avva,” or grandmother, for her nurturing approach. That foreshadowed her future career in primary care and a unique focus on lifestyle medicine, but for Nithya it wasn’t a direct route.

After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology, Nithya began Ph.D. studies at Harvard. It was while she was doing research on metabolic disease that she realized her true calling wasn’t research—it was helping people. She transitioned to the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she discovered the specialty of family medicine. It was one that perfectly complemented her interest in lifestyle medicine, which utilizes lifestyle interventions like nutrition and exercise to help prevent, treat and even reverse lifestyle-related chronic diseases. She focused on this specialty during her resident training and is working toward certification to add to her qualifications.

Nithya chose Vanguard Medical Group because of its evidence-based approach to medicine that treats the whole patient. “I like that I’m able to refer patients to behavioral health, integrative or complementary medicine,” she says. She takes a whole-patient view as well, getting to know her patients. She looks at their nutrition, exercise regimens, stress levels, daily challenges and even how much they sleep. She discusses how they can reduce or eliminate the need for medication by living healthier lives.

“I’m very supportive of my patients in making lifestyle changes,” she says. “Small victories are actually large victories, and we celebrate each one.”

She describes herself as meticulous and detail-oriented when it comes to medicine, but “warm and fuzzy” in her patient relationships. “I want my patients to know that I truly care—because I do.”

Among friends and family, she is known for her healthy but flavorful cooking, passion for group fitness, and overall enthusiasm for a fulfilling life.