Chief Medical Officer
Board certified in Emergency Medicine, with extensive experience in addressing health disparities, Dr. Shankar is Chief Medical Officer of Tribal Health. Across all client facilities, he serves as liaison between medical providers and administration to deliver the highest standards of patient care and align Tribal Health programs with institutional goals, with a focus on current industry guidelines and evidence-based medicine.
Dr. Shankar is recognized for his hands-on leadership in mentoring healthcare providers, as well as his ability to transform collaboration into the delivery of high-quality patient care. With his international experience, Dr. Shankar has dedicated himself to improving care for underrepresented and impoverished groups throughout his career. He provided medical care for the underserved in Ethiopia and served in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, where he founded Togo Peer Education Health Center, dedicated to addressing malnutrition, malaria, HIV/AIDS, hygiene/sanitation services, and training in nonviolent conflict resolution.
During the height of the COVID-19 epidemic, Dr. Shankar volunteered in North Central Bronx Hospital in New York City, where he co-led a team of physicians, nurses, and health care providers in resuscitation efforts in the ICU, medical floor, and Emergency Department. He also volunteered for Allied United for Health, providing educational health services to low-income communities in Madison, WI and served on the board of Outreach Clinic, providing medical care to underserved populations in Bakersfield, CA. A popular educator, Dr. Shankar has organized collaboration with Portland State University faculty and other institutions to teach health, biology, and organic chemistry to high school students in Togo and Ghana.
Dr. Shankar earned a Bachelor of Artsin Urban and Environmental Policy at Occidental College and attended Medical School at University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health. He completed his residency at UCLA-Kern Medical in Emergency Medicine, with training in neurosurgery, trauma surgery, pediatrics, OB/GYN, anesthesia, general surgery, internal medicine, critical care, cardiology, and point-of-care ultrasound. At UCLA-Kern Medical, he was named Resident of the Year (2020, 2019), Outstanding Graduate of the Year (2020), Emergency Medicine Resident of the Year (2020, 2019), and Student Mentor of the Year (2020). He was also nominated for Emergency Medicine Resident Educator Award (2019), Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM).
Dr. Shankar is currently earning a Master of Business Administration, Johns Hopkins University.