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Sriram Shamasunder, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address533 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
Phone415-476-4830
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    New YorkM.D.2005School of Medicine
    Cayetano Heredia University, Lima, PeruDTM&H03/2013Tropical Medicine
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    2012Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar to India(host institution SOCHARA)
    Asia Society2011  - 2012Asia 21 Fellow
    American College of Physicians 2010Young Physician of the Year
    Draper Richards Kaplan2016Social Entrepreneurial Award

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    Sriram Shamasunder graduated from University of California, Berkeley and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. He obtained is Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene in 2013. Throughout the last decade he has spent several months out of every year in underserved settings around the world including South Los Angeles, rural Liberia, Haiti, Burundi, and rural India.

    Sri is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and co-founder and faculty director of the HEAL Initiative, a health workforce strengthening fellowship working in Navajo Nation and 9 countries around the world. HEAL currently has over 150 fellows, over the last five years, half of whom are Native American and from low and middle income countries(LMIC).

    He was awarded the Young Physician of the Year in 2010, by the Northern California Chapter of the American College of Physicians and was named an Asia21 fellow by the Asia Foundation in 2012, a Fulbright-Nehru scholar to India in 2012 and a Draper Richards Kaplan entrepreneur in 2016.

    Dr. Shamasunder led the HEAL UCSF response during the ongong COVID surge in Navajo Nation spending several weeks with HEAL's partner site hospital taking care of COVID patients and supporting UCSF nursing and doctor volunteers. Over 40 nurses and doctors In April, May and June 2020 from UCSF joined the over 50 HEAL fellows(Native and non-Native) in Navajo Nation.

    Sri is a published poet and studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People while at UC Berkeley. He is interested in a solidarity that draws untold stories to the surface as well as health equity. In 2016, he gave a Berkeley Ted X talk entitled "Whose Suffering Matters Less, and Why"?

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    1. COVID-19 reveals weak health systems by design: Why we must re-make global health in this historic moment. Glob Public Health. 2020 07; 15(7):1083-1089. Shamasunder S, Holmes SM, Goronga T, Carrasco H, Katz E, Frankfurter R, Keshavjee S. PMID: 32352911.
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    2. Noncommunicable Diseases in Crisis Regions. . 2019 Nov 1; 76-82. Sujatha Sankaran, Sriram Shamasunder, Marcia Glass, Mhoira E.F. Leng. .
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    3. Reflective Practices Among Global Health Fellows in the HEAL Initiative: a Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 04; 34(4):521-522. Jacobs ZG, Tittle R, Scarpelli J, Cortez K, Aptekar SD, Shamasunder S. PMID: 30604118.
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    4. Physician Workforce Partnerships in Rural American Indian/Alaska Native Communities and the Potential of Post-Graduate Fellowships. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2019; 30(2):442-455. Tobey M, Amir O, Beste J, Jung P, Shamasunder S, Tutt M, Shah S, Le P. PMID: 31130529.
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    5. Power, potential, and pitfalls in global health academic partnerships: review and reflections on an approach in Nepal. Glob Health Action. 2017; 10(1):1367161. Citrin D, Mehanni S, Acharya B, Wong L, Nirola I, Sherchan R, Gauchan B, Karki KB, Singh DR, Shamasunder S, Le P, Schwarz D, Schwarz R, Dangal B, Dhungana SK, Maru S, Mahar R, Thapa P, Raut A, Adhikari M, Basnett I, Kaluanee SP, Deukmedjian G, Halliday S, Maru D. PMID: 28914185.
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    6. Novel global health fellowship model for anesthesia, obstetrics & gynecology and surgery. Annals of Global Health. 2016 Aug 20; 82(3):534. M.S. Lipnick, E. Ayebale, F. Lester, M. Autry, S. Shamasunder, P.V. Le. .
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    7. Problem solving and learning from clinical cases in rural India using global network of volunteer physician experts. Annals of Global Health. 2016 Aug 20; 82(3):588. Priyank Jain, Timothy Laux, Sriram Shamasunder, Yogesh Jain. .
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    8. Preparing trainees to practice global health equity: the experience from the first year of the Health Equity Action and Leadership (HEAL) initiative. Annals of Global Health. 2016 Aug 20; 82(3):419. R.S. Goldman, R.L. Tittle, A.E. Waters, B. Lewis, P.V. Le, S. Shamasunder. .
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    9. HEAL Initiative. Annals of Global Health. 2015 Mar 12; 81(1):137-138. S. Asao, B. Lewis, M. Singh, R. Tittle, S. Shamasunder, M. Dandu, H. Lee, P.V. Le. .
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    10. Global health bootcamp: An innovative interprofessional course for clinicians dedicated to equitable global health care delivery. Annals of Global Health. 2015 Mar 12; 81(1):60-61. E. Wu, M. Singh, P.V. Le, M. Dandu, K. Duderstadt, T. Brock, B. Lewis, H. Lee, S. Shamasunder. .
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    11. The role of hospitalists in the Ebola response in the United States and abroad. J Hosp Med. 2015 Jan; 10(1):50-3. Waters A, Wu E, Shamasunder S, Le P. PMID: 25471530.
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    12. Global Health Telemedicine Conferences: The System We Save May Be Our Own. J Grad Med Educ. 2014 Dec; 6(4):634-5. Shamasunder S, Wu E. PMID: 26140109.
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    13. Visceral leishmaniasis-associated hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in a traveler returning from a pilgrimage to the Camino de Santiago. J Travel Med. 2014 Nov-Dec; 21(6):429-32. Watkins ER, Shamasunder S, Cascino T, White KL, Katrak S, Bern C, Schwartz BS. PMID: 25145768.
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    14. Sounds of Haiti. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Mar; 26(3):349-50. Shamasunder S. PMID: 21053088.
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