UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Kumar, Kaparaboyna Ashok

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

Dr. Kaparaboyna Ashok Kumar, a Professor of Family and Community Medicine, is a Board Certified Family Physician with a 27-year experience in teaching students and residents in Family Medicine. He is the Vice Chair of Medical Student Education and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UT Health Science Center, San Antonio and supervises the six-week mandatory Family Medicine Clerkship. Dr. Kumar has a keen interest in teaching smoking cessation, preventive medicine, procedural training, communication skills, cultural competency and professionalism. As an educator, his mission is to help students and residents become caring, competent, compassionate physicians who serve patients with the respect and dignity they deserve. As a clinician, he treats many patients on daily basis taking every opportunity to teach his patients the ill effects of smoking on their health and encourages them to quit smoking. Dr. Kumar also works with his adolescent patients to prevent them from becoming future smokers. Thus he is role modeling in smoking cessation promotion for students who work with him in the clinic every day.

Dr. Kumar completed a 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. He uses a six-step approach to curriculum development which incorporates problem identification and needs assessment of targeted learners, goals and objectives, educational strategies, implementation, and evaluation and feedback. Dr. Kumar developed a curriculum for teaching professionalism to medical students and residents which includes Team Based Learning, small group sessions and role play. He also developed curricula for teaching Upper GI endoscopy, Colonoscopy and Nasolaryngoscopy to Family Medicine residents.

He is an active member of The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) and Bexar County Medical Society (BCMS).

1/2010 - Present Distinguished Teaching Professor The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX
8/2009 - Present Professor and Vice Chair of Medical Student Education and Clerkship Director The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX
7/2008 - Present Director of Medical Student Education and Co-Clerkship Director 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