Anjana Sharma, MD, MAS

Associate Professor
Family Community Medicine
+1 628 206-4943

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.


What do patients and families observe about pediatric safety?: A thematic analysis of real-time narratives.

Journal of hospital medicine

Studenmund C, Lyndon A, Stotts JR, Peralta-Neel C, Sharma AE, Bardach NS

Implementing team-based telemedicine workflows in safety-net primary care.

The American journal of managed care

Kong M, Willard-Grace R, Khoong E, Sharma A, Mukerjee M, Su G, Tuot D

Language-Specific Challenges and Solutions for Equitable Telemedicine Implementation in the Primary Care Safety Net During COVID-19.

Journal of general internal medicine

Sharma AE, Lisker S, Fields JD, Aulakh V, Figoni K, Jones ME, Arora NB, Sarkar U, Lyles CR

Emotional safety is patient safety.

BMJ quality & safety

Lyndon A, Davis DA, Sharma AE, Scott KA

COVID-19-Associated Misinformation Across the South Asian Diaspora: Qualitative Study of WhatsApp Messages.

JMIR infodemiology

Sharma AE, Khosla K, Potharaju K, Mukherjea A, Sarkar U

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

Wong J, Lee SY, Sarkar U, Sharma AE

Centering Health Equity in Telemedicine.

Annals of family medicine

Lyles CR, Sharma AE, Fields JD, Getachew Y, Sarkar U, Zephyrin L

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 formative research

Sharma AE, Khoong EC, Sierra M, Rivadeneira NA, Nijagal MA, Su G, Lyles CR, DeFries T, Tuot DS, Sarkar U

Family Input for Quality and Safety (FIQS): Using mobile technology for in-hospital reporting from families and patients.

Journal of hospital medicine

Bardach NS, Stotts JR, Fiore DM, Sarkar U, Sharma AE, Boscardin WJ, Avina L, Peralta-Neel C, Rosenbluth G

The Abrupt Expansion of Ambulatory Telemedicine: Implications for Patient Safety.

Journal of general internal medicine

Khoong EC, Sharma AE, Gupta K, Adler-Milstein J, Sarkar U

Warfarin Monitoring in Safety-Net Health Systems: Analysis by Race/Ethnicity and Language Preference.

Journal of general internal medicine

Sharma AE, Khoong EC, Rivadeneira N, Sierra M, Fang MC, Gupta N, Pramanik R, Tran H, Whitezell T, Fontil V, Lee SY, Sarkar U

A Root Cause Analysis of Barriers to Timely Colonoscopy in California Safety-Net Health Systems.

Journal of patient safety

Sharma AE, Lyson HC, Cherian R, Somsouk M, Schillinger D, Sarkar U

Patient and caregiver factors in ambulatory incident reports: a mixed-methods analysis.

BMJ open quality

Sharma AE, Huang B, Stakeholder Research Advisory Council, Del Rosario JB, Yang J, Boscardin WJ, Sarkar U

Using incident reporting to understand and characterize sexual harassment of physicians by patients.

Journal of general internal medicine

Hemmat S, Khoong EC, Olazo K, Sharma AE, Mangurian C, Fernandez A, Sarkar U

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

Sharma AE, Khoong EC, Nijagal MA, Lyles CR, Su G, DeFries T, Sarkar U, Tuot D

Recommendations From the Twitter Hashtag #DoctorsAreDickheads: Qualitative Analysis.

Journal of medical Internet research

Sharma AE, Mann Z, Cherian R, Del Rosario JB, Yang J, Sarkar U

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

Sharma AE, Yang J, Del Rosario JB, Hoskote M, Rivadeneira NA, Sarkar U

Birth Control Connect: A randomized trial of an online group to disseminate contraceptive information.


Dehlendorf C, Fox E, Sharma AE, Zhang J, Yang S, Centola D

Sharing Stories, Searching for Solutions: Sexual Harassment of Physicians by Patients.

The American journal of medicine

Hemmat S, Khoong EC, Sharma AE, Sarkar U

Patient Engagement in Community Health Center Leadership: How Does it Happen?

Journal of community health

Sharma AE, Huang B, Knox M, Willard-Grace R, Potter MB

Community Education and Engagement in Family Planning: Updated Systematic Review.

American journal of preventive medicine

Sharma AE, Frederiksen BN, Malcolm NM, Rollison JM, Carter MW

Patient Engagement In Health Care Safety: An Overview Of Mixed-Quality Evidence.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Sharma AE, Rivadeneira NA, Barr-Walker J, Stern RJ, Johnson AK, Sarkar U

How Is Family Medicine Engaging Patients at the Practice-Level?: A National Sample of Family Physicians.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM

Sharma AE, Knox M, Peterson LE, Willard-Grace R, Grumbach K, Potter MB

The impact of patient advisors on healthcare outcomes: a systematic review.

BMC health services research

Sharma AE, Knox M, Mleczko VL, Olayiwola JN

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

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

"How Can We Talk about Patient-centered Care without Patients at the Table?" Lessons Learned from Patient Advisory Councils.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM

Sharma AE, Willard-Grace R, Willis A, Zieve O, Dubé K, Parker C, Potter MB

Engaging Patients as Partners in Practice Improvement: A Survey of Community Health Centers

Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management

Rachel Willard-Grace, MPH, Anjana E. Sharma, MD, Charla Parker, MPA, and Michael B. Potter, MD

What Happens After Health Coaching? Observational Study 1 Year Following a Randomized Controlled Trial.

Annals of family medicine

Sharma AE, Willard-Grace R, Hessler D, Bodenheimer T, Thom DH

Patient Advisory Councils: Giving Patients a Seat at the Table.

Family practice management

Sharma A, Angel L, Bui Q