Aseem Shukla

Aseem Shukla

Dr. Aseem Shukla is Associate Professor of Surgery (in Urology) at the Perleman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and serves as Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Shukla is a recognized leader internationally in adapting robotic assisted pediatric surgery, and has written seminal papers in the field.

Dr. Shukla is active in developing pediatric urology as a discipline globally and is a physician lead in the CHOP International Medicine Division. In that role, Dr. Shukla provides consultation and strategic input in developing opportunities for partnerships and collaborations that serve to increase access to pediatric health care services in South Asia and Gulf Region. Dr. Shukla leverages existing and ongoing global health experience in direct interactions with government entities, social entrepreneurs and physician leaders to transform and scale delivery in target regions.

In 2009, Dr. Shukla initiated a surgical workshop at the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad that has become an international model of Indo-U.S. academic collaboration bringing together leading American children’s hospital and India’s most respected pediatric surgeons to address the vast surgical burden of complex urological anomalies in India. The annual Bladder Exstrophy-Epispadias consortium is in its 9th consecutive year, and just held India’s first international conference dedicated to addressing complex pediatric reconstructive urology dilemmas. He continues to demonstrate surgical techniques in live operative workshops from Asia, Africa and South America.

Dr. Shukla is co-founder of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), an advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. with 9 full time staff that is changing the narratives and shaping policies that affect Hindu Americans from religious liberty and human rights to the portrayal of Hinduism in school textbooks and the media,

Dr. Shukla focuses on developing an articulate voice in the media. His contributions to the On Faith section of the Washington Post/Newsweek were widely read, as was his seminal online debate insisting on respect and recognition for the Hindu origins of yoga with Deepak Chopra. Dr. Shukla writes about issues at the intersection of faith, politics and medicine, and has been featured in the Washington Post and New York Times.