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. Almaas A. Shaikh MD, FACS, Trauma Director at Mission Hospital, shares important information about trauma care and prevention.
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.
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