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Shana O. Ntiri, MD, MPH

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:

Family & Community Medicine

Additional Title:

Medical Director, Baltimore City Cancer Program


University Family Medicine, 29 S. Paca Street

Phone (Primary):




Education and Training

  • University of Michigan, B.A., English Literature, 1998
  • Boston University School of Public Health, M.P.H., Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2000
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, M.D., 2005
  • Family Medicine Residency, Department of Family and Community Medicine, 2005-2008 
    • Chief Resident, 2007-2008
  • Certificate of Clinical Research, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2016 


Dr. Shana O. Ntiri is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Medical Director for the Baltimore City Cancer Program of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, a community-based initiative focused on breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer ( She divides her time between direct patient care, teaching, community-based cancer control efforts and research. Her research interests include health disparities, particularly in relation to cancer screening and the impact of community and primary care-based cancer screening initiatives upon health outcomes for urban, underserved patient populations. She serves as the Director of Baltimore City Community Outreach at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, a role that task her to collaborate with researchers on the development of research and programming that addresses cancer disparities and improves diversity and inclusion within cancer research.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Cancer control, early detection, cancer screening, primary care-based screening, screen-detectable cancers, cancer health disparities, minority health, community engagement

Highlighted Publications

  1. Mishra, SI, DeForge, B, Barnet, B, Ntiri, SO, Grant, L: Social Determinants of Breast Cancer Screening in Urban Primary Care Practices: A Community-Engaged Formative Study. Women's Health Issues 2012; (22-5): e429-e428.
  2. Ntiri, SO. & Klyushnenkova, EN. & Bentzen, SM. Outcomes of a Community-based Breast Cancer Screening Program in Baltimore City. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, vol. 29 no. 3, 2018, pp. 898-913. PubMed PMID: PMID: 30122671.

Additional Publication Citations

  1. Williams AA, Ntiri SO. An online, self-directed curriculum of core research concepts and skills. MedEdPORTAL. 2018;14:10732.

Awards and Affiliations


  • American Academy of Family Physicians
    • Degree of Fellow, 2014
  • Maryland Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Association for Cancer Research 
  • Golden Humanism Honor Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2013 UMSOM Faculty Inductee
  • University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center
    • Senior Medical Adviser, Office of Community Outreach and Engagement
    • Associate Member, Population Science Program
  • UMSOM, Program in Health Equity & Population Health 
  • Center for Health and Risk Communication, University of Maryland College Park


  • 2012:  Faculty Medical Student Teacher Award, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • 2013:  Super Doctors, Rising Stars, Washington DC/Baltimore Area
  • 2016:  More than Pink Hero, Komen Maryland
  • 2018:  The Robin Prothro Passion for the Promise Award, Komen Maryland


Grants and Contracts

Active Research Grants                                     

NIH/NCI   P30 CA134274   Cullen (PI)   8/4/2016–7/31/2021   

UMGCCC Cancer Center Support Grant. The objective of this funding is to support the UMGCCC in its mission to undertake innovative basic and clinical research that will impact the understanding and treatment of cancer around the world and to provide state-of-the-art clinical care to cancer patients in Maryland and beyond.   Role: Director, Baltimore City Community Outreach.


NIH/NCI   1R01CA219060-01  Nan (PI)   2/13/2018-1/31/2023

Framing HPV vaccination messages for African American parents. The objective of this research is to encourage African American parents to consider uptake of the HPV for their adolescent children in the primary care setting.   Role: Co-Investigator.