Dr. Shubha Kerkar has the distinction of serving at the Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) for over 2 decades – longer than any current staff members!
Dr. Kerkar is Board Certified in Infectious Diseases and for 12 years has maintained certification and credentialing by the American Academy of HIV Medicine-AAHIVS. She has been nominated as the Top Doctor in Infectious Diseases by Castle Connelly Survey every year since 2005 (17 years straight) and has received multiple Palm Springs Life Top Doctor Awards in the Specialty of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Kerkar is on active staff at Desert Regional Medical Center and Eisenhower Medical Center.
She moved to Palm Springs in 1990 after completing her MD in Philadelphia – Internal Medicine at Episcopal Hospital, followed by a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Hahnemann University Hospital. She started her career as an Infectious Diseases Consultant and Director of Infection Control at Desert Regional Medical Center (DRMC). Soon thereafter, she began volunteering at D.A.P., which, at that time, was only a small clinic on Vella Road near the airport. In 1993, she joined D.A.P. as a part-time Infectious Disease consultant. In 2008, she became one of the founding members of the 100 Women Charitable Foundation, which provides assistance to women and children with HIV/AIDS.
In her early career at D.A.P., when AIDS was a death-sentence, she worked toward setting up a HIV/ AIDS Health Center at DRMC, to care for D.A.P. clients that needed hospitalization and hospice care. With modern medicine, 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; those able to cure infections such as Hepatitis C.
Besides DRMC, Dr. Kerkar has also been a member of the medical staff at Eisenhower Medical Center. Moreover, she is a member of the Riverside County Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of HIV Medicine, and the HIV Medical Association. She is Board Certified in Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine. She has been recognized as a Top Doctor in Infectious Diseases by Palm Springs Life magazine every year since their survey began in 2005. She is also on the list of Southern California “Super Doctors.”
Dr. Kerkar is married to Jay, who she met in Bombay, India. They have 2 teenage children, and 2 Maltese dogs. With her children, Dr. Kerkar completed 2nd degree Black-Belt in Shotokan Karate under Sensei Steve Beck. She has also volunteered with her daughter at several local organizations such as Guide Dogs of the Desert, and the Braille Institute, through the National Charity League. Her other interests include travel, cooking, and movies.