LEADS Project: Developing an Institutional Strategic Plan for a New Population Health Research Center
Advisor: Alison Dobbie, MB, ChB
Navkiran (Kiran) K. Shokar, M.A., M.D., M.P.H., is a tenured professor of Family and Community Medicine, and Biomedical Sciences at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM). She received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge and then her medical degree from the University of Oxford Medical School. She completed family medicine residency training both in the U.K and the U.S.A. (Houston, Texas) and then received her M.P.H. degree from the University Of Texas School of Public Health Houston. She currently serves as director for cancer prevention and control in the Center of Emphasis for Cancer at TTUHSC El Paso, PLFSOM and as Vice Chair for research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Dr. Shokar has built a highly successful research division from the ground up, garnering over $20 million in research funding. Her research interests include health disparities, population health, screening detectable cancers, population-based interventions in cancer prevention and control. She is active in the clinical teaching of medical students and family medicine residents and provides mentorship and training in research and scholarship for learners and faculty at all levels, locally and nationally. She has served on the STFM Research Committee, the NAPCRG Program Committee and the CERA Steering Committee as well as serving for six years as a Deputy Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine. She has been honored with a number of awards including the prestigious TTUHSC Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award.