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Ulfat Shaikh, M.D., M.P.H., M.S. View profile as PDF

Ulfat  Shaikh

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Shaikh's philosophy of care is to serve as an advocate for children and to help families make evidence-based health care decisions for their children. She emphasizes preventive care and follows a holistic approach to health, assessing the needs of the whole child in addition to treating specific medical issues.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Ulfat Shaikh is the Director for Healthcare Quality at the University of California Davis School of Medicine and is a board-certified pediatrician at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Shaikh’s expertise is in measuring performance in healthcare and supporting clinicians in designing, implementing and evaluating quality improvement initiatives. She has led training and coaching programs in health care quality improvement methods for public, private, and academic organizations.


Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Health Care Quality





General Pediatrics

Center/Program Affiliation:


Glassrock Building
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-3112

Additional Phone:

Fax: 916-456-2236
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

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M.D., Goa Medical College, India, 1993
M.S., Clinical Research, UC Davis School of Medicine, Davis CA 2007
M.P.H., University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway NJ 1997


Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Bronx NY 1997-1998


Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Bronx NY 1998-2000


Clinical Practice Improvement, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City UT 2008
Primary Care Faculty Development, Michigan State University, MI 2001-2002

Board Certifications:

American Board of Pediatrics, 2000

Professional Memberships:

Academic Pediatric Association
American Academy of Pediatrics
Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics
International Society for Quality in Healthcare

Select Honors and Awards:

Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Care
UC Davis School of Medicine, 2008

Dean's Award for Excellence in Education, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2012

Eli Gold Faculty Excellence Prize, Department of Pediatrics, University of California Davis Health System, 2012

UC Davis Women in Medicine and Health Sciences Scholar, 2015

K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2009

Select Recent Publications:

Shaikh U, Byrd RS. Population Health Considerations for Pediatric Asthma: Findings from the 2011-2012 California Health Interview Survey. Popul Health Manag. 2016 Apr;19(2):145-51.

Marcin JP, Shaikh U, Steinhorn RH. Addressing health disparities in rural communities using telehealth. Pediatr Res. 2016 Jan;79(1-2):169-76.

Shaikh U, Slee C. Triple Duty: Integrating Graduate Medical Education With Maintenance of Board Certification to Improve Clinician Communication at Hospital Discharge. J Grad Med Educ. 2015 Sep;7(3):462-5.

Shaikh U, Romano P, Paterniti DA. Organizing for Quality Improvement in Health Care: An Example From Childhood Obesity Prevention. Qual Manag Health Care. 2015 Jul-Sep;24(3):121-8.

Shaikh U, Berrong J, Nettiksimmons J, Byrd RS. Impact of electronic health record clinical decision support on the management of pediatric obesity. Am J Med Qual. 2015 Jan-Feb;30(1):72-80.

Auger KA, Simon TD, Cooperberg D, Gay J, Kuo DZ, Saysana M, Stille CJ, Fisher ES, Wallace S, Berry J, Coghlin D, Jhaveri V, Kairys S, Logsdon T, Shaikh U, Srivastava R, Starmer AJ, Wilkins V, Shen MW. Summary of STARNet: Seamless Transitions and (Re)admissions Network. Pediatrics. 2015 Jan;135(1):164-75.

Shaikh U, Nettiksimmons J, Joseph JG, Tancredi D, Romano PS. Collaborative practice improvement for childhood obesity in rural clinics: the Healthy Eating Active Living Telehealth Community of Practice (HEALTH COP). Am J Med Qual. 2014 Nov-Dec;29(6):467-75.

de la Torre A, Sadeghi B, Green RD, Kaiser LL, Flores YG, Jackson CF, Shaikh U, Whent L, Schaefer SE. Niños Sanos, Familia Sana: Mexican immigrant study protocol for a multifaceted CBPR intervention to combat childhood obesity in two rural California towns. BMC Public Health. 2013 Oct 31;13:1033.

Shaikh U, Natale JE, Nettiksimmons J, Li ST. Improving pediatric health care delivery by engaging residents in team-based quality improvement projects. Am J Med Qual. 2013 Mar-Apr;28(2):120-6.

Shaikh U, Meyers FJ. Commentary: decentralizing quality improvement. Am J Med Qual. 2013 May-Jun;28(3):261-2.

To see if Ulfat Shaikh is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).