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Dr. Sharief Taraman, Pediatric Neurology

Dr. Sharief Taraman is the assistant division chair of the CHOC Children’s Specialists Pediatric Neurology Division and a Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor at UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Taraman is board certified in Neurology with special qualifications in child neurology. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Michigan having majored in Biochemistry. He completed his medical education at Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2006 and went on to complete residency training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Taraman is also one of CHOC Children’s Medical Infomaticists and works directly with the Chief Medical Information Officer to develop and implement technology to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes. He is also actively involved in the CHOC Children’s Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute.

As director of the Neurology multidisciplinary concussion clinic, he has worked closely with CHOC’s Sports Medicine Program and neuropsychologists to develop a comprehensive concussion rehabilitation program.

Dr. Taraman’s other clinical interests include more severe traumatic brain injuries, neuroimmunology (Demyelinating disorders, ADEM, multiple sclerosis, CNS vasculitis), epilepsy, encephalitis, and stroke. His research interests include neurotechnology (brain/computer interfaces), nanotechnology, bioinformatics, and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Taraman is active in the community as a board member of the AAP Orange County Chapter, Irvine Unified School District Medical Advisory Board, and volunteering for Girl Scouts of Orange County and the Capistrano Unified School District.

This provider is a CHOC Children’s Specialist, a member of the CHOC Children’s Network.

  • Sharief Taraman MD
    • Appointments:
      888-770-2462
    • Office: 714-509-7601
    • Specialty: Child Neurology
    • Board Certified: Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
    • On Staff at: CHOC Children's Hospital

More About Dr. Taraman

Assistant Division Chief, Neurology, CHOC Children’s Specialists
Neurology, CHOC Children's Specialists
Assistant Clinical Professor
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Medical School Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan
  • Pediatrics Residency Children's Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan
  • Pediatric Neurology Residency Children's Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
  • Norman M. Rosenberg Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resident Award - 2008
  • 2nd Place - Best Research Poster Award - 2010 Michigan Neurological Association Winter Meeting
  • American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting Scholarship recipient - 2011
Ueda, K., Serajee, F., Rajlich, J., Taraman, S., Steckling, L., & Huq, A. M. (2017). Sibling response to initial antiepileptic medication predicts treatment success. Epilepsy Research, 136, 84–87. Role: submission to IRB, data collection, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation.

Langdon R, Taraman S. Pediatric Post-Traumatic Headache. Pediatric Annals 2017, 47. Role: Co-author

Bhattacharya P, Taraman S, Shankar L, Chaturvedi S, Madhavan R. Clinical Profiles, Complications, and Disability in Cocaine-Related Ischemic Stroke. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease 2010, Aug 31

Giza C, Shey D, Taraman S. Chapter 59. Pediatric Considerations in Traumatic Brain Injury Care. Manual of Traumatic Brain Injury: Assessment and Management 2nd Edition. 2016.

Romain, Jonathan E. Taraman. "Concussions Impact Adolescents' Mental Health: Be Aware of the Neurologic, Cognitive, and Psychiatric Symptoms of Concussion." Pediatric News 1 Oct. 2014. Print.

Taraman S, Jani-Acsadi A, Tselis A. Central nervous system vasculitis and pediatric stroke. Journal of Pediatric Neurology 2010; 8, 3: 311-319.
Ramirez R, Lam D, Aukerman J, Kim FY, Taraman S, Domico M, Starr JP. Brain Death Determination by Apnea Test while on Extracorporeal Life Support. 31st Annual CNMC ECMO Symposium. 2015; Abstract.

Zupanc ML, Lily T, Mower AI, Taraman S, Shrey D, Steenari MR, Olaya J. Cost Effectiveness of Multidisciplinary Team Approach in Intractable Epilepsy Patients. Abstract. Annual American Epilepsy Society Meeting. December 2014.

Taraman S, Feaster W. Optimizing Provider Communications. AAP National Conference, Council on Clinical Information Technology Poster Session. October 12, 2014.

“We are in the midst of something very exciting… a time in which various disciplines: medicine, art, computer science, psychology… are all intersecting at neurology. We are very close to unlocking the secrets of the mind.” –Dr. Taraman

Videos

Conner

CHOC Children’s Neuroscience Institute

Conner had a bright future ahead of him until a football injury left him with ongoing pain and the inability to read and write properly.

Cognitive Side to Mental Health & the Psychology Behind Concussions

Concussions can be complicated and multifaceted, as patients usually present with various combinations of neurologic, cognitive and psychiatric symptoms.

Concussions: Drs. Taraman and Romain

Concussions in children can cause lingering symptoms. Drs. Sharief Taraman and Jonathan Romain explain what happens to the brain after a concussion.

Is it a Brain Tumor? Dr. Taraman

Dr. Sharief Taraman, CHOC Children's, tells us what type of condition could mimic a brain tumor and what are the syptoms that patients can experience.

The Reason I Entered Pediatrics: Dr. Taraman

Dr. Sharief Taraman shares with us how he decided to enter the field of pediatrics as he was going through medical school.

Podcasts

Preventing and Treating Concussions

CHOC Children’s multidisciplinary team of concussion experts can help prevent and treat concussions, as well as help patients ease back in to school and sports. Careful supervision is essential for young persons with concussions, since their brains are still developing.

Dr. Sharief Taraman Talks with AM830’s Travis Rodgers about Sports and Concussions

Travis Rodgers, host of the Angels AM830 morning radio show "The Travis Rodgers Show" speaks with Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Sharief Taraman about concussions in sports.

Health Topics

Helmets for Kids

Helmet for kids prevent moderate to more serious injuries, like bruising of the brain tissue itself. Helmets cushion the brain to prevent a more serious injuries.

Football player wearing helmet

Kids and Concussions: Learn How to Play it Safe

The word concussion comes from the Latin word to shake violently. A lot of times, people may hit their head and don’t realize it was a concussion.

Locations

CHOC Children’s Neuroscience Center

CHOC Commerce Tower
505 S. Main St., Suite 350
Orange, CA 92868

CHOC Children’s Health Center

26691 Plaza
Suite 130
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

CHOC Children’s Hospital

1201 W. La Veta Ave.
Orange, CA 92868

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UC Irvine

CHOC Children's is affiliated with the UC Irvine School of Medicine