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Anjail Sharrief, MD, MPH

Anjail Sharrief, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program
McGovern Medical School
Director of Stroke Prevention, Institute for Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease at UTHealth Houston

Anjail Sharrief-Ibrahim is an Associate Professor of Neurology and is Director of Stroke Prevention for the Institute of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease. She runs the Stroke Clinic and the Stroke Transitions Education and Prevention (STEP) Clinical Program that she founded in 2014.

Her research focuses on addressing health disparities and health outcomes in stroke survivors. She is also passionate about mentoring undergraduates, medical students, and residents to pursue academic careers in the neurosciences.

After graduating from Smith with a BA in Neuroscience, she worked at the National Institute of Mental Health as a Post-baccalaureate research trainee. She then completed medical training at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and Neurology Residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, serving as chief resident from 2010 to 2011. She also holds a Masters of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2012).

Dr. Sharrief has been funded by a career award and intramural grants on novel health care delivery models for secondary stroke prevention.

Recent News


Sharrief coauthors AHA Presidential Advisory publication addressing structural racism and health disparity in the US

Structural racism has been and remains a fundamental cause of persistent health disparities in the United States. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and multiple others have been reminders that structural racism persists and restricts the opportunities for long, healthy lives of Black Americans and other historically disenfranchised groups.

This presidential advisory reviews the historical context, current state, and potential solutions to address structural racism in our country. Several principles emerge from our review: racism persists; racism is experienced; and the task of dismantling racism must belong to all of society. It cannot be accomplished by affected individuals alone. The path forward requires our commitment to transforming the conditions of historically marginalized communities, improving the quality of housing and neighborhood environments of these populations, advocating for policies that eliminate inequities in access to economic opportunities, quality education, and health care, and enhancing allyship among racial and ethnic groups.

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Sharrief named to citywide COVID-19 response team

Anjail Sharrief, MD, MPH, associate professor of neurology and director of stroke prevention for the Institute of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease, recently was appointed to a citywide COVID-19 response task force.

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The Effects of Meditation, Race, and Anxiety on Stroke Survivor Resilience

Significant gaps exist in the identification and management of psychological effects of stroke on survivors. Interventions to enhance resilience, the ability to rebound from stress or adversity, could positively impact stroke recovery. The purpose of this study was to test the effect of meditation on resilience of community-dwelling stroke survivors and to identify resilience predictor variables in these survivors.

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Patient Story

UTHealth Patient Story: Young stroke patient becomes her own best advocate

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May is Stroke Awareness Month, here’s everything you need to know to reduce your risk

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Education & Training

Masters in Public Health

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Medical Degree

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY


Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD


Neurology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD