Dr. Shaikh’s practice focuses on trauma care, surgical critical care
and emergency general surgery. She has a clinical expertise in the management
of penetrating wounds, complex abdominal injuries and management of falls
in the elderly. Her administrative experience focuses on the daily operations
and management of trauma centers with a growing interest and expertise
in larger trauma systems.
A native of Orange County, Dr. Almaas Shaikh grew up in Irvine, California.
She completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern
California with a Bachelors of Art in English Literature and then continued
on to the Keck School of Medicine at USC where she earned her medical
degree. Residency training would take her from Martin Luther King Jr/Drew
Medical Center to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor where she would
complete her training in general surgery. From there Dr. Shaikh moved
on to complete a trauma and surgical critical care fellowship at Shock
Trauma at the University of Maryland. She completed her board certifications
in General Surgery and Critical Care and is a Diplomat of the American
Board of Surgery in both specialties. Dr. Shaikh also became a Fellow
of the American College of Surgeons in 2011.
She continued on in her career to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood,
CA where she practiced trauma, surgical critical care, and emergency general
surgery. Dr. Shaikh became the Assistant Trauma Medical Director of St.
Francis Medical Center where she assisted in the re-verification process
of the Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons twice.
Believing that trauma care goes beyond the walls of the hospital, Dr.
Shaikh engaged in trauma prevention and intervention by taking action
through trauma outreach services in partnership with local law enforcement
agencies and a variety of community organizations. While at St. Francis,
Dr. Shaikh assisted in the development of HAVEN – Hospitals Against
Violence and the Empowerment of Neighborhoods- in order to bring hospitals
together to network and collaborate to make the streets safer for our
youth and help them lead fulfilling lives. Her areas of expertise include
Trauma Systems Development and Injury Prevention and Intervention.
From the bustling cities of Los Angeles County, Dr. Shaikh moved back
to her home county and took on the role of Trauma Medical Director at
Mission Medical Center in Mission Viejo in July 2015 as part of the Acute
Care Surgery Medical Group. Under her leadership the Trauma Program has
expanded its clinical services remarkably. A strong proponent of the team,
Dr. Shaikh has led the integration of a team based approach to trauma
care encompassing Emergency Room physicians and nurses as well as many
subspecialties. With a strong focus on quality of care, Dr. Shaikh’s
interests include process improvement and evidence based medical practices.
Combined with a strong clinical expertise, Dr. Shaikh is determined to
bring quality, innovative, evidence based, lifesaving care to the trauma patient.
Almaas A. Shaikh MD, FACS, Trauma Director at Mission Hospital, shares
important information about trauma care and prevention.
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