Chair for the Department of Family and Community Medicine
Dr. Gurjeet S. Shokar is professor and chairman of the department of family and community medicine. He joined the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in March 2010 from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) where he served as professor of family medicine, University of Texas distinguished teaching professor, and director of the medical student education programs for the department of family medicine. He is a nationally recognized medical educator, an expert in web-based medical education, and has led the development of a multi-award winning web-based case development software.
He is the recipient of curriculum development awards at the regional and national level, as well as multiple teaching awards, culminating in his induction into the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers in 2007. He has chaired the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) national conference on medical student education, and was appointed to a national task force that developed the first ever national family medicine clerkship curriculum. Recently, he was a recipient of the STFM President's Award as well. He has remained active as a clinician and has been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America since 2005.
Dr. Shokar grew up in England and completed medical school at Dayanand Medical College in India in 1988. He returned to England to complete residency training in family medicine, followed by a period of clinical practice in Oxfordshire, England. He moved to the US in 1996 and underwent further residency training at St Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas.
He is married to Navkiran Shokar, M.D., M.P.H., a family physician and clinical researcher. They have three children.