Anjana Sharma, MD, MAS

Associate Professor

Anjana Sharma, MD, MAS is a family physician researcher practicing at the Family Health Center at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Her research focus is the study of patient engagement in programs to improve quality and safety of primary care in underserved settings. She is PI of the PARTNRS Study, a KL2 award investigating how patients can be more involved in the reporting and review of unsafe events in primary care and in identifying safety priorities for primary care for vulnerable populations. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School and completed residency at the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance. She is a graduate of the Primary Care Research Fellowship and Master's in Clinical Research program at UCSF. Twitter: @AJSharmaMD
2018 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
MAS, 2017 - Clinical Research, University of California San Francisco
Residency, 2014 - Family Medicine, Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance
MD, 2011 - , Harvard Medical School
  1. Sharma AE, Lisker S, Fields JD, Aulakh V, Figoni K, Jones ME, Arora NB, Sarkar U, Lyles CR. Language-Specific Challenges and Solutions for Equitable Telemedicine Implementation in the Primary Care Safety Net During COVID-19. Journal of general internal medicine 2023. PMID: 37653210

  2. Sharma AE, Khosla K, Potharaju K, Mukherjea A, Sarkar U. COVID-19-Associated Misinformation Across the South Asian Diaspora: Qualitative Study of WhatsApp Messages. JMIR infodemiology 2023. PMID: 37113380

  3. Wong J, Lee SY, Sarkar U, Sharma AE. Medication adverse events in the ambulatory setting: A mixed-methods analysis. American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2022. PMID: 36164846

  4. Lyles CR, Sharma AE, Fields JD, Getachew Y, Sarkar U, Zephyrin L. Centering Health Equity in Telemedicine. Annals of family medicine 2022. PMID: 35879077

  5. Sharma AE, Khoong EC, Sierra M, Rivadeneira NA, Nijagal MA, Su G, Lyles CR, Defries T, Tuot D, Sarkar U. System-level factors associated with telephone and video visit use: Survey of safety-net clinicians during the early phase of COVID-19. "It's not the doctor - it's me." How self-blame obscures language and other structural barriers to diabetes care mong low-income Latinos with limited English Proficiency. 2022. PMID: 35148271

  6. Bardach NS, Stotts JR, Fiore DM, Sarkar U, Sharma AE, Boscardin WJ, Avina L, Peralta-Neel C, Rosenbluth G. Family Input for Quality and Safety (FIQS): Using mobile technology for in-hospital reporting from families and patients. "It's not the doctor - it's me." How self-blame obscures language and other structural barriers to diabetes care mong low-income Latinos with limited English Proficiency. 2022. PMID: 35535946

  7. Khoong EC, Sharma AE, Gupta K, Adler-Milstein J, Sarkar U. The Abrupt Expansion of Ambulatory Telemedicine: Implications for Patient Safety. "It's not the doctor - it's me." How self-blame obscures language and other structural barriers to diabetes care mong low-income Latinos with limited English Proficiency. 2022. PMID: 35048294

  8. Sharma AE, Khoong EC, Rivadeneira N, Sierra M, Fang MC, Gupta N, Pramanik R, Tran H, Whitezell T, Fontil V, Lee SY, Sarkar U. Warfarin Monitoring in Safety-Net Health Systems: Analysis by Race/Ethnicity and Language Preference. "It's not the doctor - it's me." How self-blame obscures language and other structural barriers to diabetes care mong low-income Latinos with limited English Proficiency. 2022. PMID: 34993871

  9. Sharma AE, Lyson HC, Cherian R, Somsouk M, Schillinger D, Sarkar U. A Root Cause Analysis of Barriers to Timely Colonoscopy in California Safety-Net Health Systems. Journal of patient safety 2020. PMID: 32467445

  10. Sharma AE, Huang B, Stakeholder Research Advisory Council , Del Rosario JB, Yang J, Boscardin WJ, Sarkar U. Patient and caregiver factors in ambulatory incident reports: a mixed-methods analysis. BMJ open quality 2021. PMID: 34544693

  11. Hemmat S, Khoong EC, Olazo K, Sharma AE, Mangurian C, Fernandez A, Sarkar U. Using incident reporting to understand and characterize sexual harassment of physicians by patients. Journal of general internal medicine 2021. PMID: 34254222

  12. Lyson HC, Sharma AE, Cherian R, Patterson ES, McDonald KM, Lee SY, Sarkar U. A Qualitative Analysis of Outpatient Medication Use in Community Settings: Observed Safety Vulnerabilities and Recommendations for Improved Patient Safety. Journal of patient safety 2019. PMID: 30882615

  13. Sharma AE, Khoong EC, Nijagal MA, Lyles CR, Su G, DeFries T, Sarkar U, Tuot D. Clinician experience with telemedicine at a safety-net hospital network during COVID-19: a cross-sectional survey. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved 2021. PMID: 37020792

  14. Sharma AE, Mann Z, Cherian R, Del Rosario JB, Yang J, Sarkar U. Recommendations From the Twitter Hashtag #DoctorsAreDickheads: Qualitative Analysis. Journal of medical Internet research 2020. PMID: 33112246

  15. Sharma AE, Yang J, Del Rosario JB, Hoskote M, Rivadeneira NA. What Safety Events Are Reported For Ambulatory Care? Analysis of Incident Reports from a Patient Safety Organization. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety 2020. PMID: 32980254

  16. Dehlendorf C, Fox E, Sharma AE, Zhang J, Yang S, Centola D. Birth Control Connect: a randomized trial of an online group to disseminate contraceptive information. Contraception 2020. PMID: 32032641

  17. Hemmat S, Khoong EC, Sharma AE, Sarkar U. Sharing Stories, Searching for Solutions: Sexual Harassment of Physicians by Patients. The American journal of medicine 2019. PMID: 31300215

  18. Sharma AE, Huang B, Knox M, Willard-Grace R, Potter MB. Patient Engagement in Community Health Center Leadership: How Does it Happen? Volume 43 of Issue 6. Journal of community health 2018. PMID: 29777334

  19. Sharma AE, Frederiksen BN, Malcolm NM, Rollison JM, Carter MW. Community Education and Engagement in Family Planning: Updated Systematic Review. Volume 55 of Issue 5. American journal of preventive medicine 2018. PMID: 30342637

  20. Sharma AE, Rivadeneira NA, Barr-Walker J, Stern RJ, Johnson AK, Sarkar U. Patient Engagement In Health Care Safety: An Overview Of Mixed-Quality Evidence. Health affairs (Project Hope) 2018. PMID: 30395509

  21. Sharma AE, Knox M, Peterson LE, Willard-Grace R, Grumbach K, Potter MB. How Is Family Medicine Engaging Patients at the Practice-Level?: A National Sample of Family Physicians. Volume 31 of Issue 5. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM 2018. PMID: 30201669

  22. Sharma AE, Knox M, Mleczko VL, Olayiwola JN. The impact of patient advisors on healthcare outcomes: a systematic review. Volume 17 of Issue 1. BMC health services research 2017. PMID: 29058625

  23. Sharma AE, Grumbach K. Engaging patients in primary care practice transformation: theory, evidence and practice. Volume 34 of Issue 3. Family practice 2017. PMID: 28034916

  24. Olayiwola, J. Nwando 2062970; Sheth, Sonali; Mleczko, Victor; Choi, Anna L.; and Sharma, Anjana E.. 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. PMID:

  25. Sharma AE, Willard-Grace R, Willis A, Zieve O, Dubé K, Parker C, Potter MB. "How Can We Talk about Patient-centered Care without Patients at the Table?" Lessons Learned from Patient Advisory Councils. Volume 29 of Issue 6. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM 2016. PMID: 28076261

  26. Rachel Willard-Grace, MPH, Anjana E. Sharma, MD, Charla Parker, MPA, and Michael B. Potter, MD. Engaging Patients as Partners in Practice Improvement: A Survey of Community Health Centers Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management 2016. PMID:

  27. Sharma AE, Willard-Grace R, Hessler D, Bodenheimer T, Thom DH. What Happens After Health Coaching? Observational Study 1 Year Following a Randomized Controlled Trial. Volume 14 of Issue 3. Annals of family medicine 2016. PMID: 27184989

  28. Sharma A, Angel L, Bui Q. Patient Advisory Councils: Giving Patients a Seat at the Table. Volume 22 of Issue 4. Family practice management 2015. PMID: 26176505