Bio


Megha Shankar, MD is an internal medicine physician and VA Health Services Research and Development Fellow at the Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) and Stanford University Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research. Her clinical, teaching, and research interests are in women's health and health equity.

Honors & Awards


  • Elected member, Alpha Omega Alpha

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Member, American College of Physicians

Professional Education


  • Residency, University of Washington, Internal Medicine
  • MD, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Medicine
  • BA, University of Chicago, Anthropology, Biology

Stanford Advisors


Community and International Work


  • Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity

    Ongoing Project

    Yes

    Opportunities for Student Involvement

    No

  • Hope House Scholars Program

    Topic

    Women's Health and Intersectionality

    Partnering Organization(s)

    Hope House

    Ongoing Project

    Yes

    Opportunities for Student Involvement

    No

  • Cardinal Free Clinics

    Topic

    Healthcare for uninsured patients

    Partnering Organization(s)

    Pacific Free Clinic/Arbor Free Clinic

    Ongoing Project

    Yes

    Opportunities for Student Involvement

    Yes

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Dr. Shankar's scholarly work focuses on women's health and health equity, including postpartum transitions to primary care, reproductive justice, anti-racism in medicine, and medical education. She is interested in mixed-methods research with a qualitative focus. She works with the VA Women's Health Evaluation Initiative and the Presence 5 Research Team. Her teaching experience involves health disparities, medical anthropology, women's health, refugee health, (dis)ability, and intersectionality.

All Publications


  • Trying Times and Trying Out Solutions: Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Support for Women Veterans During COVID-19. Journal of general internal medicine Rossi, F. S., Shankar, M., Buckholdt, K., Bailey, Y., Israni, S. T., Iverson, K. M. 2020

    Abstract

    Initial reports indicate widespread increases in intimate partner violence (IPV) rates during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Women veterans are at particular risk for experiencing IPV, and the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting stay-at-home orders may be exacerbating this risk. IPV screening and intervention are an integral part of the care provided to women veterans in the Veteran's Health Administration (VHA). Current changes in healthcare delivery during COVID-19 may present challenges to the VHA's standard methods of initiating IPV screening and intervention with women veterans. We discuss the potential challenges VHA healthcare providers may be encountering when conducting routine IPV screening during the COVID-19 pandemic and when providing resources and support to women veterans experiencing IPV. We describe solutions to these challenges, including existing efforts led by the VHA IPV Assistance Program (IPVAP) as well as additional potential solutions. New ideas and partnerships will be critical for helping the VHA continue to assist women veterans experiencing IPV as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Though our focus is on women veterans and the VHA, the challenges and solutions we discuss are likely applicable to other populations experiencing IPV and other health care systems screening for IPV.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s11606-020-05990-0

    View details for PubMedID 32607932

  • Humanism in telemedicine: Connecting through virtual visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Annals of Family Medicine Shankar, M., Fischer, M., Brown-Johnson, C., Safaeinili, N., Haverfield, M., Shaw, J., Verghese, A., Zulman, D. 2020
  • Baseline Knowledge and Attitudes about HPV Vaccines in East African Immigrant Mothers and Their Adolescent Children National Society of General Internal Medicine Shankar, M., Ko, L., Ibrahim, A., Mohamed, F., Lin, J., Gebeyaw, F., Celentano, I., Ali, A., Taylor, V., Winer, R. 2020: S43–44
  • Witness Shankar, M. In-House: https://in-housestaff.org/witness-1784. 2020
  • Immigrant women are essential: Sociocultural factors clinicians should know during times of crisis Shankar, M., Shaw, J. G. KevinMD: https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/07/immigrant-women-are-essential-sociocultural-factors-clinicians-should-know-during-times-of-crisis.html. 2020
  • Addressing Unmet Needs in Women’s Health Education for VA Continuity Clinic Residents: A Hands-On, Resident Tailored Curricular Innovation National Society of General Internal Medicine Shankar, M., Stevenson, M., Grant, N., Akki, S. 2020: S706
  • "Racial Bias…I'm Not Sure if It Has Affected My Practice": a Qualitative Exploration of Racial Bias in Team-Based Primary Care. Journal of general internal medicine Brown-Johnson, C., Shankar, M., Taylor, N. K., Safaeinili, N., Shaw, J. G., Winget, M., Mahoney, M. 2020

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s11606-020-06219-w

    View details for PubMedID 32935312

  • Approaches for Residents to Address Problematic Patient Behavior: Before, During, and After the Clinical Encounter. Journal of graduate medical education Shankar, M., Albert, T., Yee, N., Overland, M. 2019; 11 (4): 371–74

    View details for DOI 10.4300/JGME-D-19-00075.1

    View details for PubMedID 31440327

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC6699523

  • BMI Does Not Appear to Correlate With Cervical Length in Mid-Gestation Harrison, R., Shankar, M., Bregand-White, J., Mastrogiannis, D. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 2016: 113S–114S