Dr. Navkiran “Kiran” K. Shokar is a tenured professor and Chair of the Department of Population Health, Associate Dean for Community Affairs and co-leads Cancer Prevention and Control at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Shokar was born and raised in England, where she received her Master of Arts degree from Cambridge University and her medical degree from Oxford University Medical School. She completed family medicine residency training in the U.K. (Banbury, Oxfordshire) and in the U.S. (Houston, Texas), and completed her Master of Public Health degree at The University of Texas Houston School of Public Health. She currently serves as the inaugural Chair of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Prevention Advisory committee
Dr. Shokar is a clinical scientist whose research interests include interventions in cancer prevention and control, employing community-based approaches to address cancer prevention and early detection health disparities among vulnerable, poor and underserved populations. She has developed innovative population health approaches to bridge the divide between the community, the health care delivery system and public health. Her main focus has been to understand and address colorectal cancer screening disparities integrating community-based health promotion and implementation science approaches to improve the development, delivery and uptake of evidence-based screening interventions. She has developed and led CPRIT-funded comprehensive colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screening interventions and is the PI of the recently funded statewide Colorectal Cancer Screening Coordinating Center (CONNECT). Dr. Shokar has received over $33 million in extramural research funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), the National Institutes of Health (NCI) and others.Sessions: