Dr. Shubha Kerkar Elected ACP Fellow

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July 12, 2019

Contact: Jack Bunting
jbunting@desertaidsproject.org
(760) 656-8472

Palm Springs, CA  — Shubha Kerkar MD, MACP, AAHIVS, practicing in Palm Springs, has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the society of internists. The distinction recognizes achievements in internal medicine, the specialty of adult medical care.

She was elected upon the recommendation of peers and the review of ACP’s Credentials Subcommittee. She may now use the letters “FACP” after her name in recognition of this honor.

Dr. Kerkar is the Director of Infectious Diseases & Hepatitis Center of Excellence at Desert AIDS Project (DAP) in Palm Springs. She is also affiliated with Desert Care Network and Eisenhower Health.

She is certified infectious diseases and HIV medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She has also maintained certification and credentialing by the American Academy of HIV Medicine since 2012.

Dr. Kerkar has been performing infectious disease consultation since 1991 and has the distinction of having been a part of DAP since 1993 when she joined us as a part-time infectious disease consultant. Her practice is primarily focused on inpatient or hospitalized patients at both Desert Regional Medical Center and Eisenhower Health where she cares for individuals with serious infectious diseases. Once these patients recover and leave the hospital they continue on their path to a healthier life by transitioning to her office-based skilled management program at DAP.

At DAP, she also evaluates, treats, and provides consultations in infectious diseases for patients referred from physicians throughout the community. In addition, she works with DAP’s network of other services such as Social Services, Case Management, Substance Abuse Counseling, Mental Health, Community Outreach and Advocacy, and our pharmacy and laboratory services to provide a seamless, total care experience for patients.

In her early career at DAP, Dr. Kerkar worked toward setting up a HIV/AIDS Health Center at Desert Regional Medical Center to care for DAP clients who needed hospitalization and hospice care. Her practice has evolved into skilled management of these clients, allowing them to lead healthy, productive lives. She is also involved with research into newer medicines such as those able to cure infections like Hepatitis C.

During her free time, Dr. Kerkar enjoys cooking, watching movies, and spending time with her family and their dogs.

A graduate of Bhopal University in India, Dr. Kerkar completed her residency at Episcopal College, Temple University in Philadelphia. She then completed an infectious disease fellowship at Hahnemann University Hospital, Temple University in Philadelphia.

About ACP

ACP is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 143,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.

About Desert AIDS Project
Desert AIDS Project (DAP) is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Palm Springs, CA offering DAP Total Care – a combination of medical, dental, counseling, social services, support groups, alternative therapies, in-house pharmacy and lab, and other health and wellness services. DAP’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK, offers STD testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and HIV and HCV testing. DAP’s Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign, the nation’s first region-wide free HIV testing and access to care initiative, was recognized by the White House for helping to bring about an AIDS-free future. DAP has earned a “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator for the sixth consecutive year – landing DAP in the top 6% of nonprofits rated. The distinction recognizes that we exceed industry standards in terms of our financial health, accountability, and transparency.

Visit www.desertaidsproject.orgwww.thedockclinic.org, and www.gettestedcoachellavalley.org to learn more.

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