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Sharief Taraman, MD



Child Neurology

Board Certified:
Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology

Dr. Taraman is on staff at CHOC Children's Hospital

CHOC Children's Neuroscience Center
505 S Main St
Suite 350
Orange, CA 92868
phone: 888-770-2462
fax: 855-246-2329
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CHOC Children's Hospital
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Orange, CA 92868
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CHOC Children's Health Center - Mission Viejo
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Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Physician Bio

Sharief Taraman, M.D. 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.

"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. Sharief Taramann

Administrative Appointments

  • Neurology, CHOC Children's Specialists

Academic Appointments

  • 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

Board Certifications

  • Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
    American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

Honors and Awards

  • 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

Published Works

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

Taraman S, Jani-Acsadi A, Tselis A. Central nervous system vasculitis and pediatric stroke. Journal of Pediatric Neurology 2010; 8, 3: 311-319.

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.

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UC Irvine

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