Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, UNC Rheumatology Lupus Clinic
Director, Clinical Trials Program at UNC’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center
Specialty Areas: diagnosis and management of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE / Lupus), rheumatoid arthritis, allergic rhinitis (environmental allergies), urticaria (hives) and food allergy
Chronology: MD: King Edward Medical University, 2003; Internship and Residency Internal Medicine: University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 2006-2009; Chief Residency: University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 2009-2010; Rheumatology Fellowship: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2010-2013; Allergy & Immunology Fellowship: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2011-2013; Assistant Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2013-present; Director: UNC Rheumatology Lupus Clinic, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2014–present; Director: UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center, Clinical Trials Program, 2016 (current role).
Description of research and/or clinical interests: Dr. Sheikh is board certified in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology and Allergy & Immunology and has an interest in Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE / Lupus), rheumatoid arthritis, allergic rhinitis (environmental allergies), urticaria (hives) 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. She is working towards expanding research clinical trial programs into adult Allergy and in Rheumatology. She is Principal Investigator on several clinical trials for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE/Lupus) 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-specialty fellows.
BOOK CHAPTERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Oral Allergen Immunotherapy for Food. Saira Z Sheikh and A. Wesley Burks. “Global Atlas of Allergy” published by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2014) Zurich, Switzerland (pp. 309-310).
Vaccination in Adults with Chronic Inflammatory Conditions. Saira Z. Sheikh, MD, Mildred Kwan, MD PhD.Web reference: https://education.aaaai.org/sites/default/files/tarc_aaaaivaccinespdf.pdf
S.Z. Sheikh, A.E. Hammer, N.L. Fox, J. Groark, H. Struemper , D. Roth, D. Gordon: Evaluation of a novel autoinjector for subcutaneous self-administration of belimumab in systemic lupus erythematosus. Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2016 Nov; 54(11): 914-922. PMCID: PMC5100660
Saira Z Sheikh and A.Wesley Burks. Recent advances in the prediction and therapy of peanut allergy. Expert Rev. Clin. Immunol. 9(6), 551–560 (2013).
Saira Z. Sheikh and A. Wesley Burks. Behavioral Feeding Problems and Parenting Stress in Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders in Children. Pediatrics 2013;132;S24. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2013-2294LL.
Saira Z. Sheikh and A. Wesley Burks. A Brief Intervention to Improve Food Allergy Knowledge Among US Pediatricians: Lessons Learned. Pediatrics 2013;132;S22. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2013-2294II.
Vickery BP, Scurlock AM, Kulis M, Steele PH, Kamilaris J, Berglund JP, Burk C, Hiegel A, Carlisle S, Christie L, Perry TT, Pesek RD, Sheikh S, Virkud Y, Smith PB, Shamji MH, Durham SR, Jones SM, Burks AW. Sustained unresponsiveness to peanut in subjects who have completed peanut oral immunotherapy. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Dec 19.
Saira Z Sheikh, Brian P. Vickery, Pamela H. Steele , Janet S. Kamilaris, Michael D. Kulis Jr , Suzanne K. Carlisle, G. Lynn Christie, Stacie Jones and A.Wesley Burks. Life with Peanut: Follow up of tolerant versus desensitized subjects after Peanut OIT. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2013 February, 131(2), Supplement: AB91.
Maya R Jerath and Saira Z Sheikh. Characteristics of patients with delayed allergic reactions to mammalian meat presenting to a tertiary care academic medical center in North Carolina. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2013 February, 131(2), Supplement:AB217.
Thomas Alexander, MD, MPH, Edward Iglesia,Yara Park, MD, Daniel Duncan, MD, David Peden, MD, MS, Saira Sheikh, MD, and Maria Ferris, MD, MPH, PhD. Severe DRESS Syndrome Managed With Therapeutic Plasma Exchange. Pediatrics. 2013 Mar;131(3):e945-9.
Kasle S, Wilhelm MS, Mcknight PE, Sheikh SZ, Zautra AJ. Mutuality’s prospective beneficial effects on inflammation in female patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2010 Jan 15;62(1):92-100.