Jihad Shoshara, M.D. has been practicing pediatrics since joining Pediatric Health Associates in 1999. Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Shoshara received both his undergraduate degree (with honors) and his MD from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Shoshara completed his residency training in pediatrics at Children's Memorial (now Lurie Children's) Hospital. During his training, he was twice named teaching resident of the year, and was awarded membership into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.
Dr. Shoshara speaks Spanish and Arabic, and enjoys the opportunity to use his language skills while caring for his patients. A former collegiate football player, he maintains special interest in sports medicine and the treatment of concussion, as well as in travel and international medicine.
Dr. Shoshara believes that the health of his patients is best served not just through high quality medical care, but also through advocacy for children's health at all levels of society. Along with Dr. Timothy Wall and Martha Strening, CPNP, Dr. Shoshara was a founding board member of the CareLink Foundation which helps children in need obtain access to medical homes.
As an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Shoshara serves as one of the Illinois Chapter's "vaccine champions" and is the chairperson of its committee on emergency planning.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Shoshara and his wife, Dr. Sofia Shakir organize an annual charity drive that provides free turkeys to families in need every Thanksgiving on Chicago's South Side. He and his wife live with their three children in the Western Suburbs, where in his free time he enjoys reading, drinking coffee, and watching episodes of "Doctor Who."