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[June 16, 2009]

Dr. Anjali Sharma Named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholar:

To Study Link between Bone Loss and HIV


Anjali Sharma, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has been awarded $300,000 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to study bone loss among adults with or at risk for HIV. Dr. Sharma is one of 20 scholars selected nationwide as members of the Class of 2012 in the RWJF Physician Scholars Program, which provides support to junior medical school faculty engaged in improving health care. Her three-year grant, which begins July 1, is the maximum awarded by the program.

Dr. Sharma is director of Adult Inpatient HIV Services and medical director of the Buprenorphine Clinic for the STAR Health Center, which provides clinical care and services for HIV-positive adults. Her project will examine changes in bone mineral density among drug using men and women with or at risk for HIV infection. By determining the relationship between markers of bone turnover and bone mineral density, she hopes to help predict and better prevent fractures in this high-risk population. She will also investigate the effect of opioid substitution therapy on bone mineral density.

Ian L. Taylor, MD, PhD, senior vice president for biomedical education and research and dean of the College of Medicine, congratulated Dr. Sharma, saying “You bring great credit to yourself, your mentors, and the school.”


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a Graduate Public Health Program, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks ninth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.