May 05, 2014
OC Register Metro's 40 Under 40
Published: May 1, 2014
Dr. Sharief Taraman, 34
Pediatric Neurologist/Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Get Dr. Sharief Taraman talking about medical robotics, artificial intelligence or medical informatics, and his excitement is palpable.
In addition to his role as a pediatric neurologist, Taraman is conducting a number of research projects, one of which focuses on the brain-computer interface.
When Taraman started his own IT business at the ripe old age of 16, he never envisioned a future in medicine. However, his heart eventually led him down a completely different path.
"In high school, I defended a bullied student, who I now realize had neurological problems," he says. "Someone pushed her down the stairs, but no one did anything to help her. It planted a seed about pursuing a career dedicated to helping others."
Married with two daughters, the Laguna Niguel resident has a playful side. He has co-written a humor book about the wisdom of grandmothers and is working to have a screenplay that he co-wrote -- a horror-comedy -- made into a movie.
And picture this: Last Halloween, the esteemed doctor dressed up as Brainy Smurf -- and tweeted a picture to prove it.
- Larry Urish