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Gurjeet S. Shokar, M.D.


Gurjeet S. Shokar, M.D., is the interim chair of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and a professor in the Department of Medical Education at Dell Medical School. He also serves as co-director for the primary care, family and community medicine clerkship and as medical director for primary care for Bluebonnet Trails Community Services in Central Texas. He is also the interim chief of the Division of Family and Community Medicine in the Department of Population Health.

Prior to joining Dell Med, he served as professor and chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso (Paul L. Foster School of Medicine) and chief of family medicine at University Medical Center in El Paso for more than 11 years. He also served on the board of directors of El Paso Health, a community-based managed care Medicaid plan for nine years.

Prior to moving to El Paso, he served as professor and director of the medical student education programs and clerkship director in the Department of Family Medicine at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. There, he was also inducted into the school’s Academy of Master Teachers and was a University of Texas distinguished teaching professor.

He is a nationally recognized medical educator and the recipient of teaching and curriculum development awards at the local, regional and national level. He has chaired the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine national conference on medical student education and was appointed to a national task force that developed the first national family medicine clerkship curriculum.

Shokar grew up in England and completed medical school at Dayanand Medical College in India. He completed residency training in family medicine in England, followed by a period of clinical practice in England. He then moved to the U.S. and completed his family medicine residency training at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Awards & Honors
  • President’s Award
    The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • Innovative Program Award
    The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • Innovation in Medical Education Award
    University of Texas System