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Faculty spotlight: Dr. Ghazala Sharieff

Michelle Lin, MD |

It’s not every day that you get to meet and hang out with a fun, funny, humble, spirited, and super-smart person. I first got to know Dr. Ghazala Sharieff on the lecture circuit. She’s one of the major go-to speakers for anything related to pediatric EM. When I’m stuck in a dilemma about a pediatric patient, I think – WWGD? What would Ghazala do?

Also if you’re ever walking with her at an EM conference, you can’t really get more than 10 feet before being mobbed by people wanting to say hi to her. So I wanted to introduce you to a good friend and genuine rock-star in medicine.

Dr. Ghazala Sharieff
Division Director of Rady Children’s Hospital Emergency Care Center
Associate Clinical Professor, UCSD
Undergraduate: Univ of Michigan
Medical school: Michigan State
EM Residency: Stanford-Kaiser
Pediatric EM Fellowship: Children’s San Diego

Ghazala, what’s your academic niche and who were your mentors?

My academic niche is in national and international speaking. I fell into this with the help of Mel Herbert, Larry Satkowiak and Mike Gerardi. I was pretty aggressive about being on the lecture circuit.

What projects are you working on?

I have a few projects underway. I’m the pediatrics section editor for Harwood Nuss and just published a textbook on neonatal and infant emergencies, by Cambridge. It came out last November!

I’m also working on some research projects with my fellows.

  • A study on single dose decadron vs day 1 and day 3 decadron for asthma.
  • A study on the use of a rapid medical assessment program in decreasing left without being seen rates in a pediatrics ED.
  • A study on ketamine vs ketamine plus propofol for sedation in the pediatric ED

Author information

Michelle Lin, MD

ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

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