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Vice Chair Spotlight: Dr. Garima Sharma

Over the next few months, we will be highlighting a member of the Department of Medicine vice chair team each week to learn more about them and their roles in the department. Want more info? Find vice chair bios, FAQs, resources and more on our DOM Vice Chair Sharepoint.

Associate Vice Chair for Women's Careers in Academic Medicine

Dr. Garima Sharma is an Associate Professor of Medicine as well as the Associate Vice Chair for Women’s Careers in Academic Medicine and Chair of the Task Force on Women's Academic Careers in Medicine. She is a cardiologist and the director of the cardio-obstetrics program. She has a strong interest in gender equity and is the principle investigator of the largest global study by the American College of Cardiology on professional and personal lives of cardiologists. She has published extensively on strategies to improve gender equity and the recruitment, retention and career advancement of women cardiology in cardiology (a field where women are severely underrepresented). She has also published on gender disparities in mentorship, sponsorship and professional advancement of women in cardiology as well as how hostile work environment impact professional satisfaction. She is governor of the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and leads the American Heart Association’s Research Goes Red Advisory Group that focuses on strategies to improve women’s cardiovascular health. She is also associate editor for the Journal of American College of Cardiology: Advances, the flagship journal for cardio-obstetrics.

As associate vice chair, she aims to:

  • Convene the monthly meeting of the DOM Women’s Task Force that consists of members from all divisions and has junior, mid and senior career faculty members. The Task Force discusses pressing matters of significance to women faculty and staff in the DOM and serves as an advisory council to the DOM director and division directors. It identifies areas of specific programming and partners with the Office of Well-Being, DOM Diversity Council and the Office of Women in Science and Medicine to improve career advancement of women.
  • Develop a robust understanding of the promotion criteria and the barriers impacting women in medicine and develop strategies to mitigate them
  • Improve visibility of the achievements of women in medicine and highlight their professional achievements and leadership both within and outside of Johns Hopkins
  • Focus on eliminating gender disparities in promotion, academic productivity, career advancement, mentorship and sponsorship and salaries
  • Perform Divisional CV review and provide feedback to faculty members on steps towards promotion along with the DOM faculty development team

One of the most important questions that arises frequently relates to how to get promoted with the clinical excellence track. Learn more here.

The most amazing thing she has come to appreciate is that the DOM is diverse and has incredibly talented, resilient, focused and driven leaders that are changing the landscape of clinical care, advancing research and education, and advocating for their patients. She is proud to serve this department.


Kelsey Bennett