Dr. Sharda Udassi completed her medical school from Dow Medical College, Karachi University, Pakistan. She completed her pediatrics residency training at SUNY in Syracuse, New York and completed her master educator fellowship at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA. She completed leadership training conducted by Florida Medical Association leadership academy and additional leadership training at University of Florida.
Sharda Udassi has been heavily involved in various educational activities, which includes being Director of Mock code curriculum for residents and other pediatric hospital staff and has been PALS instructor for more than 10 years. In addition, she mentored numerous foreign graduates, US medical students, residents, PICU fellows and junior faculty, for career, residency application, residency training success, quality improvement and research projects. She was active member of the residency education work group and resident recruitment core faculty. Dr. Udassi also was involved in multiple medical school curriculum teaching which included various clinical skills teaching courses for preclinical and clinical year classes, faculty facilitator for small groups and quality improvement case conferences. These lead to multiple teaching awards at department and college of medicine level at University of Florida. At Sidra Medical and Research Center, she is associate director for office of faculty development, co-leading the development of Sidra mentorship program and establishing Faculty Educators Workgroup.
Dr. Udassi was one of first 2 pediatricians starting the Pediatric hospitalist program at University of Florida. She served as director of newly developed Pediatric Intermediate care unit, general pediatric unit and later of Pediatric Clinic. Dr. Udassi established and trained faculty, as director of Pediatric procedural sedation service. She was heavily involved in various hospital wide quality improvement committees. Dr. Udassi established and led or actively participated in multiple committees at department, Shands hospital system, University of Florida, Florida state and national level in US. She received awards for her service and contributions. Dr. Udassi was treasurer and active member of board of governors for Florida Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics. She was active member of Florida Medical Association and still is for Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Program. At Sidra, Dr. Udassi is director of quality and safety for pediatric department and interim director for infusion center. She co-chairs the Pediatric Ambulatory workgroup and serves as health informatics Champion/superuser. In Doha, she serves on Medical Advisory Committee in National Health Insurance Corporation, helping develop national health care standard and guidelines.
Dr. Udassi has been actively pursuing an academic career with her research career focused on studying the quality of chest compressions using different CPR technique, in different size manikin and animal cardiac arrest model. Her goal is to help develop better tools for providing effective CPR, tools to reliably measure chest compression quality and ways to improve quality of CPR and patient outcomes. Their group has been very productive, with multiple publications and abstract presentations internationally. Even in research, significant component of her scholarly activities have been as a result of mentoring residents, fellows, and junior faculty in their quality improvement research projects and publications. Dr. Udassi was invited to author book chapters for Pediatric textbook. Over time with her contributions in the field of Pediatrics, she has been invited to be reviewer for various journals and Pediatric Academic Society workshops. Dr. Udassi serves on the editorial board of multiple journals.