Dr. Shelly Sharma is a Double Board Certified Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist who specializes in both Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. Dr. Sharma graduated Summa Cum Laude from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Sharma furthered her passion by attending St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, where she received her Doctorate of Medicine degree. She then trained in Anesthesiology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Sharma has also completed an Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Dr. Sharma was born and raised in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. She acquired her hard-working disposition and work ethic from her parents, who emigrated from India to the United States with dreams to provide a better future for their family. It is no surprise that Dr. Sharma’s role model is her mother, who obtained a degree in Pharmacy while simultaneously raising two young children. When Dr. Sharma was younger, she would accompany her mom to Bergen Regional Hospital, where she worked as a Pharmacologist. While her mom worked, Dr. Sharma got first hand experience of the medical field by observing and meeting patients at the hospital. The early exposure to patient care and health professionals might have been what developed her passion for the medical field. As a physician today, Dr. Sharma’s focus is on compassion and empathy in order to provide the best care for those who are suffering from pain conditions.
Dr. Sharma treats her patients with the same care and understanding as she would her own family. At the beginning of her medical career, Dr. Sharma’s mom became ill and that experience further motivated her medical career Dr. Sharma strives to provide all-encompassing treatment by first trying to understand the root of the issue, taking into account the patient’s medical history, evaluating their lifestyle or habits, and any other aspect that may be causing their pain. She then makes every effort to customize a treatment plan for each patient while providing emotional and moral support throughout their healing journey.
Dr. Sharma has a multimodal approach to the treatment of chronic pain, which includes medication management and interventional therapies. Dr. Sharma’s areas of clinical expertise include treatment of chronic neck and back pain, chronic headache/migraine, neuropathic pain and cancer pain. She performs a variety of interventional procedures such epidural steroid injections, facet injections, various joint injections, radiofrequency ablation, sympathetic blocks, peripheral nerve blocks and neuromodulation therapies.
Dr. Sharma keeps herself up-to-date with the latest advances in the field though her membership at the American Society of Anesthesiologist and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.
Dr. Sharma believes in the importance of family and integrity, and that those core beliefs will get her through anything in life In her spare time, she enjoys painting murals and sceneries, as well as restoring furniture or other fabric-related crafts. Depending on the season, you can either find her rock-climbing or cycling; or otherwise indulging her sweet tooth with her favorite cupcakes and cookies.