Saira Z. Sheikh, MD


Awards & Involvement
  • Appointed Co-Director of UNC Rheumatology Lupus Clinic
Board Certifications
  • Internal Medicine [2010]
  • Allergy & Immunology [2013]
  • Rheumatology [2014]
  • MD, King Edward Medical University, 2003
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Arizona, 2006-2009
  • Chief Residency, University of Arizona, 2009-2010
  • Fellowship in Rheumatology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010-2013
  • Fellowship in Allergy & Immunology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011-2013
Clinical and Research Interests

Dr. Sheikh’s clinical interests are in treating patients with a wide range of rheumatologic, allergic and immunologic conditions. Dr. Sheikh is board certified in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology and Allergy & Immunology and has an interest in SLE (Lupus), rheumatoid arthritis, allergic rhinitis, urticaria and food allergy. Dr. Sheikh is interested in the implementation of immunizations in adults with autoimmune diseases and is involved in promoting awareness about the importance of vaccinations in this target patient population. Dr. Sheikh is also interested in food allergy in children and adults including peanut allergy and alpha gal mammalian meat allergy. She is working towards expanding research clinical trial programs into adult Allergy and in Rheumatology. She is Principal Investigator on several clinical trials for SLE and other rheumatologic conditions, studying new therapies for these diseases. She enjoys teaching and is actively involved in the education of medical students, residents and sub-speciality fellows.