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Shivani Sockanathan, M.D.

shivani headshotDr. Sockanathan is a family medicine physician and family programming lead at our Center. She earned her medical degree from Chicago Medical School and then completed an internship and residency in family medicine at the University of Rochester (UR) School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Sockanathan returned to the UR community after leaving her practice in St. Louis, Missouri, where she worked with patients on managing and preventing a variety of chronic conditions. 

She consults with patients of all ages who have chronic conditions related to metabolic health. Dr. Sockanathan also sees adolescents and young adults, counseling them around nicotine and tobacco use and prescribing nicotine replacement therapy, as appropriate. She is board certified in obesity medicine and family medicine.

Her patient care philosophy is centered on education and communication. She prioritizes sharing medical information so that her patients "understand how their body works."



MD | Distinction in Basic Sciences
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University


MS | Biomedical Sciences
Rosalind Franklin University


BS | Biopsychology and Child Development
Tufts University

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

06/25/2018 - 06/24/2020
Residency in Family Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/25/2017 - 06/24/2018
Internship in Family Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center


4/2021- current, American Board of Obesity Medicine 
9/2020- current, American Board of Family Medicine