Shika Pappoe

Chief Medical Officer

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Shika is a pioneer and a nephrologist. She has blended medicine, public health, and business administration to give her a perspective that is unlikely to be shared by many others. She completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at Yale University, followed by her internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During her fellowship, she returned to the classroom to add a Master of Public health degree from Harvard University. After completing her MPH, she moved to California and joined the Royalty Nephrology Medical Group. While she loved practicing community nephrology, she was eager to return to an academic setting where she could teach, participate in research and work in an innovative care setting. She therefore moved to the nephrology division of the Keck School of Medicine. She was assigned to work at Los Angeles County Hospital, one of the country’s largest safety-net hospitals, where she was able to focus her energies on providing care to underserved communities.

After working in a variety of healthcare settings and seeing both the broken parts of the system and opportunities for innovation, she decided that it was time to be part of the solution. In her pursuit to become a physician leader, she earned a business degree from Wharton’s executive MBA program. With her experience in kidney care, her mounting education in medicine, public health, and business management, and most importantly, her passion around improving the patient experience, Shika reentered the workforce with CareMore, a leader in value-based care. She served as the Director of Nephrology and Kidney Disease Prevention, overseeing care delivery for thousands of patients in multiple clinical programs region-wide. Shika’s unique collection of education and experience has proved invaluable in designing and launching Strive’s clinical model as Chief Medical Officer.