Aqsa Shaikh ([email protected])

Dr Aqsa Shaikh is a medical doctor and Community Medicine Specialist. She is an Associate Professor of Community Medicine at HIMSR, Jamia Hamdard, Delhi. (

She is India’s first and only Transgender woman to head a Covid Vaccination center and be an investigator in Covid Vaccine Clinical trials of Sputnik Vaccine. She has also been a part of WHO Research on Epidemiology of Covid-19 Transmission amongst healthcare workers.

She is working with Sangath, on TransCare Covid-19 Project to study the access to healthcare by Transgender Community in Pandemic. She is also a part of University of Chicago funded project on reforming Medical Education to make it Trans-affirmative. Dr. Shaikh is an investigator in VaccinEquity Project by Sabin Vaccine Institute to study the access to Covid-19 Vaccination by the Transgender Community.

Born and brought up in Mumbai, she completed her education from Seth GS Medical College. She is a Proud Transgender Woman and works on LGBTQIA+ rights, Rights of Persons with Disability, and Mental Health.

She has a keen interest in Medical Ethics, Medical Humanities, and Medical Education Technology and is a Fellow of Advanced Course in Medical Education.

She also serves as Section Editor of PLOS Global Public Health and is a reviewer with Research in Humanities in Medical Education.

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