UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Kumar, Kaparaboyna Ashok

School of Medicine
Family & Community Medicine
(210) 567-4402
kumark2@uthscsa.edu

Dr. Kaparaboyna Ashok Kumar, is a Board Certified Family Physician and a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School in San Antonio. Dr. Kumar is a physician with a 27-year experience in teaching medical students and residents. For the past 8 years he is serving as the Vice Chair of Medical Student Education and Clerkship Director in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Kumar completed his Family Medicine residency from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Prior to arriving to the United States, Dr. Kumar was a Board Certified General Surgeon in England and was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburg. Dr. Kumar supervises the six-week mandatory Family Medicine Clerkship for third year medical students and all Senior Selective and Elective courses in Family Medicine. Dr. Kumar is passionate about patient care, teaching and community service. He is a compassionate clinician and loves caring for his patients and an enthusiastic teacher and mentor for students and residents. Dr. Kumar has a keen interest in teaching professionalism, communication skills, cultural competency, smoking cessation, preventive medicine, and procedural training. Dr. Kumars mission is to help students and residents become competent, caring and compassionate physicians who serve their patients with respect. He treats many patients on a daily basis taking every opportunity to teach his patients the ill effects of smoking (the most common preventable cause of death and disability in the United States) on their health and encourages them to quit smoking. Dr. Kumar also works with his adolescent patients to prevent them from becoming future smokers. Dr. Kumar completed Faculty Development Fellowship in Academic Family Medicine, in McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation in Waco, Texas, where he gained experience in curriculum development, clinical teaching and research methods. Dr. Kumar is a leader in professional and community organizations at the national, state and local levels. His leadership positions include President of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP), President of the Bexar County Medical Society (BCMS) and President of the Texas Indo-American Physician Society Southwest Chapter (TIPS). He is also an active leader in the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Texas Medical Association (TMA). Dr. Kumar received many awards for teaching and patient care. Most recently he was awarded the 2016 University of Texas System highest teaching award, Regents Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA) for excellence and commitment to teaching through the delivery of the highest quality health education instruction; the 2016 Texas Medical Association Gold Level Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine and the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award from his medical school Osmania Gandhi Kakatiya Medical College.

9/2016 - Present Associate Chair for Administration The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX
1/2010 - Present Distinguished Teaching Professor The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX
3/2005 - Present Adjunct Professor, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
11/2004 - Present Professor The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX