MASTER: Meet Your Facilitators

Shashank Kraleti, M.D.

Shashank Kraleti, M.D. became the Residency Program Director in May 2016.  He holds the Jack W. Kennedy Chair in Family and Preventive Medicine, is a graduate of the AFMRD National Institute for Program Director Development, and is also a CME Medical Director. In 2016, he received a New Faculty Scholar Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. In addition to his published research articles, Dr. Kraleti has had papers accepted for presentations in national arenas such as the North American Primary Care Research Group, STFM, and the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development in Canada. He has appeared on Little Rock television several times to discuss topics such as heat-related illnesses and adult immunizations and is the author of a newspaper column on health issues. Dr. Kraleti leads a procedural half-day clinic and frequently teaches procedures to residents and medical students. His clinical interests include hypertension, diabetes, preventive care, behavioral medicine, research, and procedures. Prior to joining the faculty in 2012 at the rank of assistant professor, Dr. Kraleti was chief resident in our program and was fundamental in implementing the night float system in the department. He was also the recipient of the STAR Professionalism Award and the AAFP Scholarship Award. When he is away from work, he serves as the President of the Global Illumine Corporation, a non-profit charitable organization that transforms lives and communities by supporting education of the young and needful.  Dr. Kraleti enjoys listening to music, watching movies, traveling, and swimming.

Why Dr. Kraleti thinks this program is important…

In healthcare, communication is key to establishing positive relationships not only with patients, but also with colleagues and staff. As a primary care physician, I understand the importance of mastering this skill more than anyone else. I see how communication is important in the different interactions we all have throughout the day, every single day.

In the current times of Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhoods, there is increased emphasis on health-care teams that have the patient at it’s core and include the physicians, case managers, social workers, nursing and other staff, other providers including dietitians, pharmacists, advanced nurse practitioners, physician assistants and behavioral counselors. Communication is the magnetic force that binds all the different components of these teams and helps facilitate their proper functioning.

I chose to enroll in this program because learning and practicing to communicate effectively will help me improve my relations with everyone I come in contact with on a day-to-day basis. Also, training the future generations of health-care providers in communication will help build a team that is well equipped to enhance and enrich the lives of everyone around them. I am excited to be an integral part of this wonderful journey.