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Doing What She Loves

“I feel humbled and grateful to hold the Linda Coley Sewell Distinguished Professorship."

Dr. Sheikh examines a patient with health care professionals taking notes in the background.

“I feel humbled and grateful to hold the Linda Coley Sewell Distinguished Professorship."

Dr. Saira Sheikh is a nationally renowned physician, researcher and educator. She is trained and board certified in internal medicine, rheumatology and allergy/immunology, and specializes in the diagnosis and management of complex immunological diseases, particularly lupus and Sjogren’s syndrome. Sheikh, the Linda Coley Sewell Distinguished Professor in the UNC School of Medicine, shared what she loves most about her work at Carolina.

“I love being a physician and taking care of humans,” she said. “I love listening to my patients and providing cutting-edge treatments to improve their lives. I love being a researcher, because it allows me to ask and test scientific questions. I love dreaming up and developing ideas and innovative therapeutic approaches that have the ability to impact patients on a much larger scale — throughout the state of North Carolina and beyond. And I love being an educator and contributing to the training of the next generation of physicians. My role here at Carolina brings together all the facets of my professional identity and allows me to come to work every day and do the things that I love!

“I feel humbled and grateful to hold the Linda Coley Sewell Distinguished Professorship. It is an incredible honor to be recognized for my work through such generosity and support. This professorship empowers me and our team to develop and implement groundbreaking ideas for our patients, and inspires our community of doctors, researchers, scientists, patients and caregivers, all of whom are working together to advance health and healing.”

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