Ranita Sharma, MD
Executive Vice Dean                                                      

Ranita Sharma, MD

Brief Bio

Ranita Sharma, MD is the executive vice dean and a professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. She joined the college from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), New Jersey, where she trained in internal medicine, served as chief resident and joined the faculty. An award-winning clinician and educator, she was inducted into the university’s master educator guild by peers, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society by students.

Dr. Sharma served as the internal medicine residency program director from 2005 – 2023, fostering excellence in clinical reasoning and bedside medicine. She built curricular innovation around research, medical education and health care leadership through specialized tracks within the scope of training. She launched the career of over 700 trainees into prestigious clinical and research fellowships, primary care/hospital medicine positions and the pharmaceutical industry. As the chief of the Division of Education in Medicine, she cultivated a high functioning team of residency and fellowship educators and administrators and set standards adopted by others in the state.

In her role as executive vice chair of the Department of Medicine at RWJMS, her leadership was critical to faculty and staff recruitment and retention, policy development and implementation, promotion of a strong and collaborative interface with a large academic health system and leadership through the challenging times of the COVID pandemic. She led the departments’ Grand Rounds Series for over a decade to rave reviews. She launched the Women in Medicine program with philanthropic support and was recognized with a Lifetime Leadership Award in 2023 for her untiring dedication to trainee and faculty mentorship.

Dr. Sharma is a Master of the American College of Physicians, a recipient of the NJ chapter’s Laureate Award and a former governor. She established a statewide training director education group and remained a distinguished member and advisor to the chapter leadership. She continues to serve the organization on national committees and initiatives.