We’re happy to announce that our Medical Director Dr. Vikram Shankar has been appointed as our new Chief Medical Officer! You may be familiar with his Clinical Corner articles – and if you’re worked with him, you know what an incredible physician and patient care advocate he is.
Dr. Shankar brings an extraordinary history to this role. Before joining Tribal Health, he provided medical care for the underserved in Ethiopia and served in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa. In his years there, he founded Togo Peer Education Health Center, dedicated to addressing malnutrition, malaria, HIV/AIDS, hygiene/sanitation services, and training in nonviolent conflict resolution.
He demonstrated similar service during the height of the COVID-19 epidemic, volunteering in North Central Bronx Hospital in New York City, where he co-led resuscitation efforts in the ICU, medical floor, and Emergency Department. He also provided Allied United for Health with educational health services to low-income communities in Madison, WI. He has years of experience in neurosurgery, trauma surgery, pediatrics, gynecology, anesthesia, general surgery, internal medicine, critical care, cardiology, and point-of-care ultrasound – and we could not be more excited to have him as our Chief Medical Officer.
Our CEO Dr. John Shufeldt called him “a fervent champion of equitable care for all,” saying, “From his humanitarian work in West Africa to his leadership in disadvantaged communities across the U.S., Dr. Shankar’s remarkable medical career is distinguished by his commitment to health justice and the patient experience. His ability to combine evidenced-based care with nuanced cultural competency is instrumental during Tribal Health’s accelerating growth.”
Please join us in giving Dr. Shankar a warm welcome!