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Project Investigator Biography

Shiraz I. Mishra, MBBS, Ph.D. Shiraz I. Mishra, MBBS, Ph.D.

University of MD- Baltimore
Univ. of MD-SOM, OFC of Policy & Planning
401 W. Redwood Street, Suite 100,
MD Statewide Health Network,
Baltimore, MD 21201
phone: (410) 706-8887
fax: (410) 706-8891

Dr. Shiraz I. Mishra is Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). In addition, he is Deputy Director for Evaluation and Outcomes for the University of Maryland Statewide Health Network at the UMSOM’s Office of Policy and Planning.

Dr. Mishra’s research interests are in public and international health, specifically in the area of health services. This research is based on the socio-ecological and community-oriented primary care perspectives. Dr. Mishra has conducted community-based participatory descriptive and evaluative health disparities/inequities research with a special emphasis on access to and utilization of health care and quality of health care. The results of his research endeavors have made important contributions towards the understanding of health disparities, especially chronic diseases such as cancer, as experienced by ethnic/racial minorities, and underserved and hard-to-reach populations in the United States and internationally. Dr. Mishra’s research has also resulted in the institution and evaluation of community-based health promotion/disease prevention and control education programs. Moreover, his research has facilitated health care policy change.

Dr. Mishra’s cancer health disparities research has included some of the first ever studies that documented the cancer control needs of Pacific Islanders (especially Samoans, the indigenous population of the U.S. Territory of American Samoa) residing in the U.S. mainland and the islands of origin. Besides documenting needs, Dr. Mishra and his colleagues tested the efficacy of culturally tailored breast and cervical cancer education programs for Samoan women. Dr. Mishra and his colleagues have also examined race/ethnic disparities in esophageal and breast cancer epidemiology and patterns of care, colorectal cancer screening patterns in rural communities, and accrual into clinical trials.

Dr. Mishra is committed to fostering and enhancing cancer research training and education among the next generation of researchers. He is the UMSOM PI on a NCI P20 grant (NCI/NIH: P20CA119192, 2006-2010), “Planning Grant for Bowie State/University of Maryland Cancer Research Training and Education Partnership”. This project has developed a partnership between Bowie State University (BSU, a Historically Black College and University) and the UMSOM.

As part of this project, Dr. Mishra and his collaborators have developed curricula for cancer research training for BSU faculty and cancer education for BSU undergraduate students. The curricula utilize problem based learning methods to enhance scholarship and skill-set of the BSU students. Through this project, Dr. Mishra provides faculty leadership and mentorship to UMSOM and BSU faculty, fosters training and career development of junior faculty in cancer health disparities research and teaching, raises awareness of, and interest in, cancer health disparities of undergraduate students, provides mentored research internship opportunities to undergraduate students, and examines effective community engagement and health education strategies to reduce cancer health disparities.

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Updated: 04/30/12