Sharmila Makhija, MD, MBA

"Every woman, no matter which country, state, city or borough she lives in, deserves quality healthcare. I came to Montefiore Medical Center because I truly believe in Montefiore’s social mission “To heal, to teach, to discover and to advance the health of the communities we serve.” Our patients come from the Bronx community, which has some of the lowest health indicators in New York State. The standard of healthcare Montefiore provides truly changes the quality of life of our patients. I am proud to lead our academic women’s health department, which is not only at the forefront of creating national guidelines for improving patient care but also for educating and training the next generation of caring physician leaders." -Sharmila Makhija, MD, MBA


Sharmila Makhija, MD, MBA, an international expert on gynecologic cancer, currently serves as Department Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health, Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, and the The Chella and Moise Safra Endowed Chair at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. 

Dr. Makhija earned her B.A. in Chemistry from Cornell University and her medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Louisville Hospital and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She received her executive MBA from Emory’s Goizueta Business School. 

Dr. Makhija has held faculty positions at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she received the medical education award and the Argus Teaching Award from the medical school. At Emory University, she was division chief of gynecologic oncology, a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar, and the Leach Endowed Chair in obstetrics and gynecology. She served as Department Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, was a tenured professor of gynecologic oncology and the Donald E. Baxter Endowed Chair in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. While there, she also served as the Chief Medical and Operations Officer for the Center for Women and Infants. At the University of Louisville College of Business executive MBA program, she was an instructor for the course “Economics of Health Sector Management.” 

Dr. Makhija has published and lectured nationally and internationally on developmental therapeutics, such as gene therapy and monoclonal antibody therapy for the treatment of ovarian cancer, for which she received NIH funding as a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar. She has been the Primary Investigator or Co-Primary Investigator for 15 translational/clinical grants and protocols for the NIH, NCI and pharmaceutical companies, including the HPV vaccine trials. She has served as a reviewer for the Department of Defense and the NIH Clinical Oncology Study Section. 

Dr. Makhija established a NCI cooperative trial site at Tata Hospital in Mumbai, India to bring cervical cancer trials to patients who most needed access to the latest therapies. She has continued her work in India and serves as the Women’s Health Co-Chair for the upcoming Global Healthcare Summit in New Delhi, India in 2016, sponsored by the AAPI (American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) with a focus on Maternal and Infant Mortality. 

Dr. Makhija is presently on the editorial board for the Journal of Oncology Practice and has served on the editorial boards for the Women’s Oncology Review Journal and International Journal of Gynecological Cancer. She is a reviewer for the journals Gynecologic Oncology, International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, and Clinical Cancer Research. 

Dr. Makhija is a graduate of Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM), serves on their advisory board and was an elected representative for AAMC CFAS (American Association of Medical Colleges, Council of Faculty and Academic Societies) while at the University of Louisville. She has served as a board of director member of numerous local, state and national organizations including the University of Louisville Medical Center, KMRRRG malpractice, KY Medicaid (Passport). She currently serves on Women’s Voices for Change, the Foundation for Women’s Cancers and the Indo-American Cancer Association. Dr. Makhija has been listed as a “Top Doctor in America” since 2008.

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