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Student Spotlight: Ghazala Sharieff, MD, FACEP, FAAEMGhazala Sharieff


Physician Executive MBA student Dr. Ghazala Sharieff is no stranger to a busy schedule. In addition to the demands of the program, she is the director of pediatric emergency medicine for Palomar-Pomerado Health System in San Diego,California; director of pediatric emergency medicine for California Emergency Physicians; and a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego.

Sharieff was born in India but spent the early years of her childhood (until age 11) in England before moving to the United States where she has citizenship. In addition to the MBA she is earning, she holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from Michigan State University School of Medicine. Her residency in emergency medicine was performed at Stanford University – Kaiser Permanente Hospitals before she completed her fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital and Health Center in San Diego. After graduation from medical school and during her residency, Sharieff rapidly progressed through her profession, quickly being promoted into leadership roles. She began as the associate chief of medical services for Stanford University Football,  then went on to become associate chief of medical services for World Cup Soccer during her residency in addition to working part-time as an emergency medicine physician at Seton Medical Center in Moss Beach, California. Four years post-residency, she became the director of pediatric emergency medicine at Palomar-Pomerado Health Systems and since has added a long list of distinguished titles to her accomplished career.

Sharieff  is a nationally and internationally recognized lecturer on topics in pediatric emergency medicine and has lectured for almost 80 audiences. She has been honored with several regional and national awards including San Diego’s Physicians of Exceptional Excellence “Top Docs” and numerous teaching awards.  Additionally, she has served on many national committees including past chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) pediatric emergency medicine committee; past chair of the ACEP Pediatric Section; the ACEP public relations committee; the American Association of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) board of directors; and was also the co-chair of the AAEM education committee. She is well published with 20 book chapters, three textbook publications, six current research probjects, and over 50 other publications.

Sharieff chose to pursue a Physican Executive MBA in order to gain a better understanding of how hospital administration is structured in terms of finances, physician oversight and motivation, and the future of healthcare. Her enthusiasm and all that she brings to the class earned her recognition by her peers as they chose her as the class president.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this year's class,” said Sharieff. “We have a lot of team spirit and a mantra, ‘One Team, One Goal’ (to help each other graduate while having fun).”

"Dr. Sharieff was elected by the 50 physicians in the Class of 2011 of the Physician Executive MBA Program as their class leader. To receive such a vote of confidence by that many physicians is a testimonial to her leadership skills," said Dr. Michael J. Stahl, William B. Stokely Professor of Business and director of the Physician Executive MBA program.

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