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.
Concussions can be complicated and multifaceted, as patients usually present with various combinations of neurologic, cognitive and psychiatric symptoms.
Concussions in children can cause lingering symptoms. Drs. Sharief Taraman and Jonathan Romain explain what happens to the brain after a concussion.
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.
Dr. Sharief Taraman shares with us how he decided to enter the field of pediatrics as he was going through medical school.
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.
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.
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.
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.