Anjana Sharma, MD, MAS

Title(s)Associate Professor, Family Community Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address2540 23rd Street, #5606
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone628-206-4943
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-5541-2414 Additional info
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    Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, NYBA05/2006Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
    Harvard Medical School, Boston, NYMD05/2011
    Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance, Malden, MAResidency07/2014Family Medicine
    University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CAMAS05/2017Clinical Research
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2018Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    I have developed deep expertise in patient and community engagement in healthcare settings to improve quality and safety outcomes.

    Specifically, I have skills in building and maintaining representative and ethical patient advisory councils, mixed-methods research, implementation science, quality improvement, community-engaged research, and reproductive health. Most of my work has focused on the public healthcare network, serving patients that our society has structurally and historically disinvested and marginalized.

    My research portfolio seeks to develop research that will transform healthcare delivery structures into participatory, vibrant locations of well-being, healing, and justice. I currently am studying how patients can inform ambulatory patient safety improvement work, and the prevalence and impact of patient and community engagement in primary care.

    I can provide expert consultation on developing patient/community advisory boards for clinical care or research activities that are patient- and community co-created. I am involved in residency education regarding community engagement competencies and engaging patients and community partners in residency education.

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    ExPERTS-PC: Engaging Patients in Event ReporTing for Safety in Primary Care
    NIH K08HS028477Sep 30, 2021 - Sep 29, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    ExPERTS-PC: Engaging Patients in Event ReporTing for Safety in Primary Care
    Hellman Fellows Fund Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Description: This proposal will fund a preliminary study of how patients and caregivers experience adverse events in the primary care and community setting.
    Patients as Partners in Ambulatory Safety
    CTSI KL2Sep 1, 2018 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: PI
    Description: Lead investigator. KL2 work will study current modes of primary care adverse event reporting, explore patient preferences for engagement in primary care safety, and test novel modes of engaging patients and caregivers in primary care safety improvement activities.

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    1. What do patients and families observe about pediatric safety?: A thematic analysis of real-time narratives. J Hosp Med. 2024 May 13. Studenmund C, Lyndon A, Stotts JR, Peralta-Neel C, Sharma AE, Bardach NS. PMID: 38741257.
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    2. Implementing team-based telemedicine workflows in safety-net primary care. Am J Manag Care. 2024 May; 30(6 Spec No.):SP437-SP444. Kong M, Willard-Grace R, Khoong E, Sharma A, Mukerjee M, Su G, Tuot D. PMID: 38820184.
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    3. Language-Specific Challenges and Solutions for Equitable Telemedicine Implementation in the Primary Care Safety Net During COVID-19. J Gen Intern Med. 2023 Nov; 38(14):3123-3133. Sharma AE, Lisker S, Fields JD, Aulakh V, Figoni K, Jones ME, Arora NB, Sarkar U, Lyles CR. PMID: 37653210; PMCID: PMC10651814.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    4. Emotional safety is patient safety. BMJ Qual Saf. 2023 07; 32(7):369-372. Lyndon A, Davis DA, Sharma AE, Scott KA. PMID: 36732064.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. COVID-19-Associated Misinformation Across the South Asian Diaspora: Qualitative Study of WhatsApp Messages. JMIR Infodemiology. 2023; 3:e38607. Sharma AE, Khosla K, Potharaju K, Mukherjea A, Sarkar U. PMID: 37113380; PMCID: PMC10013129.
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    6. Medication adverse events in the ambulatory setting: A mixed-methods analysis. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2022 12 05; 79(24):2230-2243. Wong J, Lee SY, Sarkar U, Sharma AE. PMID: 36164846.
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    7. Centering Health Equity in Telemedicine. Ann Fam Med. 2022 Jul-Aug; 20(4):362-367. Lyles CR, Sharma AE, Fields JD, Getachew Y, Sarkar U, Zephyrin L. PMID: 35879077; PMCID: PMC9328712.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    8. System-Level Factors Associated With Telephone and Video Visit Use: Survey of Safety-Net Clinicians During the Early Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic. JMIR Form Res. 2022 Mar 10; 6(3):e34088. Sharma AE, Khoong EC, Sierra M, Rivadeneira NA, Nijagal MA, Su G, Lyles CR, DeFries T, Tuot DS, Sarkar U. PMID: 35148271; PMCID: PMC8949684.
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    9. Family Input for Quality and Safety (FIQS): Using mobile technology for in-hospital reporting from families and patients. J Hosp Med. 2022 06; 17(6):456-465. Bardach NS, Stotts JR, Fiore DM, Sarkar U, Sharma AE, Boscardin WJ, Avina L, Peralta-Neel C, Rosenbluth G. PMID: 35535946.
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    10. The Abrupt Expansion of Ambulatory Telemedicine: Implications for Patient Safety. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 04; 37(5):1270-1274. Khoong EC, Sharma AE, Gupta K, Adler-Milstein J, Sarkar U. PMID: 35048294; PMCID: PMC8768444.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Warfarin Monitoring in Safety-Net Health Systems: Analysis by Race/Ethnicity and Language Preference. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 08; 37(11):2703-2710. Sharma AE, Khoong EC, Rivadeneira N, Sierra M, Fang MC, Gupta N, Pramanik R, Tran H, Whitezell T, Fontil V, Lee SY, Sarkar U. PMID: 34993871; PMCID: PMC9411299.
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    12. A Root Cause Analysis of Barriers to Timely Colonoscopy in California Safety-Net Health Systems. J Patient Saf. 2022 01 01; 18(1):e163-e171. Sharma AE, Lyson HC, Cherian R, Somsouk M, Schillinger D, Sarkar U. PMID: 32467445; PMCID: PMC7688501.
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    13. Patient and caregiver factors in ambulatory incident reports: a mixed-methods analysis. BMJ Open Qual. 2021 09; 10(3). Sharma AE, Huang B, Stakeholder Research Advisory Council, Del Rosario JB, Yang J, Boscardin WJ, Sarkar U. PMID: 34544693; PMCID: PMC8454446.
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    14. Using incident reporting to understand and characterize sexual harassment of physicians by patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 06; 37(8):2093-2095. Hemmat S, Khoong EC, Olazo K, Sharma AE, Mangurian C, Fernandez A, Sarkar U. PMID: 34254222; PMCID: PMC9198129.
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    15. A Qualitative Analysis of Outpatient Medication Use in Community Settings: Observed Safety Vulnerabilities and Recommendations for Improved Patient Safety. J Patient Saf. 2021 06 01; 17(4):e335-e342. Lyson HC, Sharma AE, Cherian R, Patterson ES, McDonald KM, Lee SY, Sarkar U. PMID: 30882615; PMCID: PMC7060148.
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    16. Clinician experience with telemedicine at a safety-net hospital network during COVID-19: a cross-sectional survey. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2021 May; 32(2 Suppl):220-240. Sharma AE, Khoong EC, Nijagal MA, Lyles CR, Su G, DeFries T, Sarkar U, Tuot D. PMID: 37020792; PMCID: PMC8428653.
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    17. Recommendations From the Twitter Hashtag #DoctorsAreDickheads: Qualitative Analysis. J Med Internet Res. 2020 10 28; 22(10):e17595. Sharma AE, Mann Z, Cherian R, Del Rosario JB, Yang J, Sarkar U. PMID: 33112246; PMCID: PMC7652212.
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    18. What Safety Events Are Reported For Ambulatory Care? Analysis of Incident Reports from a Patient Safety Organization. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2020 Aug 21. Sharma AE, Yang J, Del Rosario JB, Hoskote M, Rivadeneira NA, Sarkar U. PMID: 32980254; PMCID: PMC7938864.
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    19. Birth Control Connect: A randomized trial of an online group to disseminate contraceptive information. Contraception. 2020 06; 101(6):376-383. Dehlendorf C, Fox E, Sharma AE, Zhang J, Yang S, Centola D. PMID: 32032641; PMCID: PMC7234911.
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    20. Sharing Stories, Searching for Solutions: Sexual Harassment of Physicians by Patients. Am J Med. 2019 10; 132(10):e746. Hemmat S, Khoong EC, Sharma AE, Sarkar U. PMID: 31300215; PMCID: PMC7061810.
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    21. Patient Engagement in Community Health Center Leadership: How Does it Happen? J Community Health. 2018 12; 43(6):1069-1074. Sharma AE, Huang B, Knox M, Willard-Grace R, Potter MB. PMID: 29777334.
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    22. Community Education and Engagement in Family Planning: Updated Systematic Review. Am J Prev Med. 2018 11; 55(5):747-758. Sharma AE, Frederiksen BN, Malcolm NM, Rollison JM, Carter MW. PMID: 30342637; PMCID: PMC6753778.
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    23. Patient Engagement In Health Care Safety: An Overview Of Mixed-Quality Evidence. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 11; 37(11):1813-1820. Sharma AE, Rivadeneira NA, Barr-Walker J, Stern RJ, Johnson AK, Sarkar U. PMID: 30395509; PMCID: PMC7060147.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 30     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. How Is Family Medicine Engaging Patients at the Practice-Level?: A National Sample of Family Physicians. J Am Board Fam Med. 2018 Sep-Oct; 31(5):733-742. Sharma AE, Knox M, Peterson LE, Willard-Grace R, Grumbach K, Potter MB. PMID: 30201669.
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    25. The impact of patient advisors on healthcare outcomes: a systematic review. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017 Oct 23; 17(1):693. Sharma AE, Knox M, Mleczko VL, Olayiwola JN. PMID: 29058625; PMCID: PMC5651621.
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    26. Engaging patients in primary care practice transformation: theory, evidence and practice. Fam Pract. 2017 06 01; 34(3):262-267. Sharma AE, Grumbach K. PMID: 28034916; PMCID: PMC6080566.
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    27. The Impact of the Patient-Centered Medical Home on Health Disparities in Adults: A Systematic Review of the Evidence. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 2017; 10(1). Olayiwola, J. Nwando 2062970; Sheth, Sonali; Mleczko, Victor; Choi, Anna L.; and Sharma, Anjana E. View Publication.
    28. "How Can We Talk about Patient-centered Care without Patients at the Table?" Lessons Learned from Patient Advisory Councils. J Am Board Fam Med. 2016 11 12; 29(6):775-784. Sharma AE, Willard-Grace R, Willis A, Zieve O, Dubé K, Parker C, Potter MB. PMID: 28076261.
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    29. Engaging Patients as Partners in Practice Improvement: A Survey of Community Health Centers. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management . 2016; 23(7). Rachel Willard-Grace, MPH, Anjana E. Sharma, MD, Charla Parker, MPA, and Michael B. Potter, MD.
    30. What Happens After Health Coaching? Observational Study 1 Year Following a Randomized Controlled Trial. Ann Fam Med. 2016 05; 14(3):200-7. Sharma AE, Willard-Grace R, Hessler D, Bodenheimer T, Thom DH. PMID: 27184989; PMCID: PMC4868557.
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    31. Patient Advisory Councils: Giving Patients a Seat at the Table. Fam Pract Manag. 2015 Jul-Aug; 22(4):22-7. Sharma A, Angel L, Bui Q. PMID: 26176505.
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