Dr. Sharma did his medical school training in India and came to the United States in 1995, to an externship at UTMB which allowed him to complete his medical degree. Dr. Sharma completed his residency in internal medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and stayed an additional year as a chief resident.
For his pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship, he moved to the east coast and joined Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT. Always one interested in outcomes research, he was fortunate to benefit from good mentoring, which enabled him to hone his skills and ultimately earn a Master’s in Public Health at Yale University while doing his fellowship training.
In 2004, he and his wife with two small children decided to return to the Houston area and joined UTMB’s Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care as an assistant professor. During his tenure at UTMB, he has served as medical director of MICU/CCU and TDC-ICU, and program director for the pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship program. Dr. Sharma is a Sealy and Smith Distinguished Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, Professor and Director of Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. In 2014 he began to serve as associate chief medical officer, where his focus was on quality, patient safety and assisting with transformation to version 2.0 Medicine—from "fee-for-service" to "value-based care." He is the physician champion on a regional collaborative effort for Region 2 to reduce readmissions and model bundle payments under the 1115 Medicaid waiver demonstration project.
His research interest includes health services, quality and outcomes. He has received a K-08 career development award from the NIH and serves as co-investigator on PCORI and NIH grants. Dr. Sharma has also received grants from the UT System on integrating Health IT and systems engineering to improve the care of patients with COPD. Over the past several years, work on these projects has led to the first COPD-Center of Excellence in Texas from The Joint Commission. Nationally, he is involved with the COPD Foundation® in its newly launched PRAXIS®, a platform to share best practices to improve care of patients with COPD across the care continuum. His work is published in leading journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of American Medical Association and JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly Archives of Internal Medicine).
He began serving as vice president and chief medical and clinical innovation officer at UTMB Health in December 2016.