Dr. Sharief Taraman, Child Neurology

Dr. Sharief Taraman, Child Neurology

  • Sharief Taraman MD
  • Appointments:
  • Office: 714-509-7601
  • Specialty: Child Neurology
  • Board Certified: Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology, Board certified in Clinical Informatics

Dr. Sharief Taraman is board-certified in neurology with special qualifications in child neurology. He is a Health Sciences Associate Professor at UC Irvine School of Medicine. 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’s medical informaticists 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 Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute.

As director of the CHOC 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.

Sharief Taraman MD is on staff at CHOC Hospital in Orange .

This provider is a CHOC Specialist, a member of the CHOC Children’s Network.

More About Dr. Taraman

  • Neurology, CHOC Specialists
Associate Professor
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Medical School Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
  • Pediatrics Residency Children's Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
  • Pediatric Neurology Residency Children's Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
  • Faculty Mentor Award for Humanism, Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award - 2018
  • Scientific Award, CHOC Medical Intelligence & Innovation Institute - 2016
  • Physician All-Star Award, Cerner Corporation - 2016
  • Innovation Award, CHOC Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute - 2015
  • American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting Scholarship recipient - 2011
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductee - 2010
  • 2nd Place - Best Research Poster Award - 2010 Michigan Neurological Association Winter Meeting
  • Norman M. Rosenberg Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resident Award - 2008
Du Y, Abbas H, Taraman S, Segar S, Bischoff N. In-Home Speech and Language Screening for Young Children: A Proof-of-Concept Study Using Interactive Mobile Storytime. AMIA Jt Summits Transl Sci proceedings AMIA Jt Summits Transl Sci [Internet]. 2019;2019:722–31.

Ueda, K., Serajee, F., Rajlich, J., Taraman, S., Steckling, L., & Huq, A. M. (2017). Sibling response to initial antiepileptic medication predicts treatment success. Epilepsy Research, 136, 84–87. Role: submission to IRB, data collection, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation.

Langdon R, Taraman S. Pediatric Post-Traumatic Headache. Pediatric Annals 2017, 47. Role: Co-author

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

Giza C, Shey D, Taraman S. Chapter 59. Pediatric Considerations in Traumatic Brain Injury Care. Manual of Traumatic Brain Injury: Assessment and Management 2nd Edition. 2016.

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.

Taraman S, Jani-Acsadi A, Tselis A. Central nervous system vasculitis and pediatric stroke. Journal of Pediatric Neurology 2010; 8, 3: 311-319.
Chang, A, O’Connell, R, Taraman, S, Feaster W, Ehwerhemuepha, L. “Agile Data Science in Healthcare: Analyzing Early vs. Late Death in the NICU Using MIMIC III Database” NeoHeart, March 28, 2019.

Levyim D, Pearson R, Langdon RL, Taraman S, Choe M. Child Neurology Society survey of practitioners on management of pediatric post-traumatic headache. Neurology [Internet]. 2018;91:S1 LP-S30.

Pearson, R, Levyim D, Laydon, R, Choe, M, Taraman S. Survey of Child Neurologists on Management of Post-Traumatic Headache. American Academy of Neurology Sports Concussion Conference July 2018.

Ramirez R, Lam D, Aukerman J, Kim FY, Taraman S, Domico M, Starr JP. Brain Death Determination by Apnea Test while on Extracorporeal Life Support. 31st Annual CNMC ECMO Symposium. 2015; Abstract.

Zupanc ML, Lily T, Mower AI, Taraman S, Shrey D, Steenari MR, Olaya J. Cost Effectiveness of Multidisciplinary Team Approach in Intractable Epilepsy Patients. Abstract. Annual American Epilepsy Society Meeting. December 2014.

Taraman S, Feaster W. Optimizing Provider Communications. AAP National Conference, Council on Clinical Information Technology Poster Session. October 12, 2014.

Taraman S, Bennett L, Huq A. Sibling Response to Initial Anti-seizure Medication Predicts Treatment Success. Joint Congress of the 12th International Child Neurology Congress and the 11th Asian and Oceanian Congress of Child Neurology, May 28, 2012. Role: data collection, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation.

Taraman S, Bhattacharya P, Shankar L, Chaturvedi S, Madhavan R: Cocaine and Outcomes from Ischemic Strokes. Annals of Neurology 2009; 66, S1: 5. Role: data collection, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation.

Taraman S, Bhattacharya P, Chaturvedi S, Madhavan R: Cocaine strokes: are large vessel atherosclerosis and small vessel disease more prevalent than vasospasm?” Neurology 2010; 74, (Suppl. 2): A344. Role: data collection, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation.

“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. Taraman


CHOC Neuroscience Institute

Conner had a bright future ahead of him until a football injury left him with ongoing pain and the inability to read and write properly.

Behind concussions
Cognitive Side to Mental Health & the Psychology Behind Concussions

Concussions can be complicated and multifaceted, as patients usually present with various combinations of neurologic, cognitive and psychiatric symptoms.

CHOC’s specialists explain how the brain is affected after a concussion
Concussions: Drs. Taraman and Romain

Concussions in children can cause lingering symptoms. Drs. Sharief Taraman and Jonathan Romain explain what happens to the brain after a concussion.

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Is it a Brain Tumor? Dr. Taraman

Dr. Sharief Taraman, CHOC, tells us what type of condition could mimic a brain tumor and what are the syptoms that patients can experience.

Why Dr. Sharief Taraman entered pediatrics
The Reason I Entered Pediatrics: Dr. Taraman

Dr. Sharief Taraman shares with us how he decided to enter the field of pediatrics as he was going through medical school.


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Preventing and Treating Concussions

CHOC's multidisciplinary team of concussion experts can help prevent and treat concussions, as well as help patients ease back in to school and sports. Careful supervision is essential for young persons with concussions, since their brains are still developing.

Dr. Taraman in Seacrest Studio for podcast
Dr. Sharief Taraman Talks with AM830’s Travis Rodgers about Sports and Concussions

Travis Rodgers, host of the Angels AM830 morning radio show "The Travis Rodgers Show" speaks with Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Sharief Taraman about concussions in sports.

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Helmets for Kids

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Kids and Concussions: Learn How to Play it Safe

The word concussion comes from the Latin word to shake violently. A lot of times, people may hit their head and don’t realize it was a concussion.


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