Portrait of Aasma ShaukutAcademic Title

Professor of Medicine


Bachelor's Degree: F.Sc. (Pre-Medical) Kinnaird College, Lahore Pakistan
Master's Degree:
 MPH (epidemiology, International Health), Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Medical School: Aga Khan University Medical School, Karachi, Pakistan
Residency: Internal Medicine Residency, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
Fellowships: Gastroenterology fellowship, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Clinical Title(s)
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Clinical researcher
Other Title(s)
  • GI Section Chief, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Minneapolis MN
  • Core Investigator, Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Member, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN
  • Colon Cancer Screening and outcomes
  • Quality indicators for colonoscopy
  • Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndromes
  • Chemoprevention for Colon Cancer
  • Molecular pathways and biomarkers for risk of colon cancer
Board Certifications
  • Internal Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
Hospital Privileges
  • Minneapolis VA Medical Center
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview

Biography Summary

Dr. Shaukat's area of clinical research is colon cancer screening and long term outcomes. She has published her results on the long-term follow-up of the participants of the Minnesota fecal occult blood trials in NEJM and is now evaluating the age and gender specific benefits of colon cancer screening. She also studies molecular markers of rapid colon cancer growth, and studying quality indicators for colonoscopy such as adenoma detection rates and withdrawal times. She is studying the role of fecal microbiota transplant in recurrent C.difficle infection. Her other areas of research include chemoprevention for colon cancer, biomarkers of risk of colon cancer and evidence synthesis through systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Awards and Recognition

  • Teacher of the Year Award, University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • AGA-GRG Young Investigator Award by the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) (2016)
  • 2015 Governor's Service Award of Excellence, American College of Gastroenterology (2015)
  • Colon Cancer Prevention Award Selected by American College of Gastroenterology, (2014)
  • Champion of Colorectal Cancer Prevention Award, by the non-profit Preventing Colon Cancer (2014)
  • Colon Cancer Prevention Award Selected by American College of Gastroenterology (2013)
  • Michael V. Sivak, J., MD Endoscopic Research Award American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Crystal Award 2009 Fellow Teaching Award for Excellence, J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA (2005)
  • Resident Research Award by Office of Graduate Medical Education, State University of New York (2003)
  • Best Graduating Resident Award, J. Frederick Painton House Staff Award for Excellence in Teaching (2002-2003)
  • Intern of the Year: Lawrence Golden Award of Excellence: "For the Intern Who Best Combines Humanistic Qualities with a Scientific Approach to Patient Care" (2001)
  • Resident Research Award by Office of Graduate Medical Education, State University of New York (2001)
  • Outstanding Student Award in the field of Education by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC nations) (1998)
  • McGill Journal of Medicine Award for 'Most Publishable Results' at 8th European Students Conference in Berlin Germany (1997)
  • Recipient of President of Pakistan Talent Scholarship, on recommendation of the Board of Intermediate Education, Lahore for Five Years (1993-1998)
  • Third Position Holder and Bronze Medal Recipient amongst 50,000 students at the Board of Intermediate Education, Lahore HSC(Pre-Medical) examination (1993)
  • Best Graduate, Kinnaird College, Lahore (1991-1993)

Research Summary and/or Interests

  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Colon cancer biomarkers and chemoprevention, quality indicators for colonoscopy, systematic reviews and evidence synthesis

Active Grants

  • Investigator status: Co-Chair and co-Principal Investigator
    Agency: VA Office of Research and Development, Cooperative Studies Program, #2004
    Title: Fecal microbiota transplant for preventing recurrence of C.Difficile infection.
    Dates: 2016-2021
  • Investigator Status: Principal Investigator
    Agency: VA Clinical Science Research and Development Merit Award, EPID-
    Title: Benefit of colon cancer screening by age and gender subgroup: analysis of three clinical trials
    Dates: 2017-2020
  • Investigator Status: Local Site Investigator and Executive Committee Member
  • Agency: VA Office of Research and Development, Cooperative Studies Program #577
    Title: Colonoscopy versus fecal immunochemical testing for colorectal cancer screening (CONFIRM)
    Dates: 2011-2021

Clinical Interests

  • Colon cancer screening
  • Hereditary colon cancer syndromes

Teaching Interests/Courses

GUT course, Medical School


10 Selected Publications

  • Baron JA, Barry EL, Mott LA, Rees JR, Sandler RS, Snover DC, Bostick RM, Ivanova A, Cole BF, Ahnen DJ, Beck GJ, Bresalier RS, Burke CA, Church TR, Cruz-Correa M, Figueiredo JC, Goodman M, Kim AS, Robertson DJ, Rothstein R, Shaukat A, Seabrook ME, Summers RW. A Trial of Calcium and Vitamin D for the Prevention of Colorectal Adenomas. N Engl J Med. 2015 15;373:1519-30.
  • Shaukat A, Rector TS, Church TR, Lederle FA, Kim A, et al. Longer Withdrawal Time Is Associated With a Reduced Incidence of Interval Cancer After Screening Colonoscopy. Gastroenterology. 2015 149:952-7
  • Shaukat A, Wels J, Malhotra A, Greer N, MacDonald R, Carlyle M, Rutks I, Wilt TJ. Colonoscopy Outcomes by Duration of NPO Status Prior to Colonoscopy with Moderate or Deep Sedation. Washington (DC): Department of Veterans Affairs (US); 2015 epub ahead of print.
  • Partin MR, Gravely A, Gellad ZF, Nugent S, Burgess JF Jr, Shaukat A, Nelson DB. Factors Associated With Missed and Cancelled Colonoscopy Appointments at Veterans Health Administration Facilities. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015 epub
  • Shaukat A, Wang A, Acosta RD, Bruining DH, Chandrasekhara V, et al. The role of endoscopy in dyspepsia. Gastrointest Endosc. 2015;82(2):227-32.
  • Shaukat A, Church TR, Shanley R, Kauff ND, O'Brien MJ, et al. Development and validation of a clinical score for predicting risk of adenoma at screening colonoscopy. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015;24(6):913-20.
  • Drekonja D, Reich J, Gezahegn S, Greer N, Shaukat A, et al. Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Clostridium difficile Infection: A Systematic Review. Ann Intern Med. 2015;162(9):630-8.
  • Swanson E, Mahgoub A, Macdonald R, Shaukat A. Medical and Endoscopic Therapies for Angiodysplasia and Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia: A Systematic Review. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014;12:571-82
  • Shaukat A, Mongin SJ, Geisser MS, Lederle FA, Mandel JS, Bond JH, Church TR. Long-term outcomes of screening on CRC mortality. New England Journal of Medicine 2013;369:1106-14
  • Shaukat A, Arain M, Anway R, Manaktala S, Pohlman L, Thyagarajan B. Is KRAS Mutation Associated with Interval Colorectal Cancers? Dig Dis Sci. 2012;57:913-7
  • Colorectal cancer Screening: Quality and Benchmarks. Editors: Shaukat A and Allen J.I., Springer 2015