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Our Physician

Rajiv Sharma MD

E-mail: drsharma@dhagastro.com
Phone: (812) 814-3417

Dr. Rajiv Sharma attended medical school at Dayanand Medical College, Punjab, India. He received his Internal Medicine training from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California and received his Gastroenterology Fellowship training from University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. Dr. Sharma trained under the mentorship of Dr. Richard G. Farmer, who is world renowned for his work on Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Dr. Sharma’s special interests include GERD, NERD, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis), IBS, Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis, Gastrointestinal Malignancies and Familial Cancer Syndromes.

In an effort to share his extensive knowledge with the public, Dr. Sharma released his first book, Pursuit of Gut Happiness: A Guide for Using Probiotics to Achieve Optimal Health, in 2014.

In Dr. Sharma’s free time, he enjoys medical writing, watching movies, exercising and spending time with his family. He believes in “whole person care” and the effect of mind, body and spirit on “wellness”. He has special interest in Nutrition, Exercise and Healthy eating. He prides himself to be a “fact doctor” as he backs his opinions and works with solid scientific research while aiming to deliver a simple and clear message.


Medical Education

  • Dayanand Medical College, India
    07/1998 – 01/2004
    M.B.B.S., 01/2004
Post Graduate Training

  • 06/2006 – 06/2009
    Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California
    Internal Medicine
  • 06/2006 – 06/2009
    Certificate in Healthcare Practice
    Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
  • 07/2009- 06/30/2012
    Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellow
    University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital
    Rochester, NY
    Program Director: Arthur J. DeCross MD


American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Internal Medicine: Certified 08/2009 to 2019
  • Gastroenterology: Certified 10/2012- 10/2022

Professional Designations

  • January 2014-Present
    Adjunct Clinical Instructor in Medicine
    Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

Membership and Honorary/Professional Societies

  • Member of American College of Physicians Regional Planning Committee
  • Member of American Association of Medical Colleges
  • Member of American Gastroenterological Association
  • Member of American College Gastroenterology
  • Member of ASGE
  • Former Member of Indian Medical Association of Southern California
  • Member of International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics
  • Member of Society of Physician Entrepreneurs ( SOPE)

Academic Awards

  • Certificate of Achievement for Academic Excellence for Residency year 2006- 2007
  • Certificate of Achievement for Academic Excellence for Residency year 2007-2008
  • Loma Linda University Walter McPherson Society Research Excellence Award for 2007-2008

My Mentors

Dr. Richard G. Farmer
I am writing this letter on behalf of Rajiv Sharma, with whom I worked 5 years ago when he was in The GI unit at the University of Rochester, New York.

I was the Chief of Gastroenterology at University of Rochester, NY from 2003 to 2009 and then continued there for two years before my retirement.

I worked very closely with Rajiv and he was an excellent GI Fellow. He had good relationships with patients, reviewed the case concisely, and a constant interest in the clinical situation. He was particularly interested in IBD and its complexity. I was planning retirement but I was called to take over GI at URMC and I kept my home in DC for “just a few months” but stayed for 8 years. This enabled me to have an apartment giving a very unusual situation now days—an apartment. Therefore, Rajiv and one other GI Fellow came frequently for an unusual form of modern GI teaching.

I found this old-time teaching, there was a thrill, for each of us and am proud of him as a gastroenterologist which greatly benefits patients.

He was good with endoscopy, related to the patient, reliable, and an eager worker. I think he would be a fine GI physician.

Richard G Farmer MD, MS, MACP, FACP
Past President ACG and Teaching Award AGA,
Chief of GI 10 years, Chair of Medicine 16 years, Cleveland Clinic

About Dr Richard G Farmer

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles/Abstracts

Gullickson D, Tsynman D, Sharma R, Ou S, Shah A, Ratuapli SK, Gurudu S, Kaul V Complex Colonoscopic Polypectomy Experience At Two Large Tertiary Care University Hospitals Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Volume 77, Issue 5, Supplement, Page AB231, May 2013 : http://www.giejournal.org/article/S0016-5107(13)00773-6/fulltext Sa1507

Sharma R, Ou S, Ullah A, Kaul V EUS-FNA of the Right Adrenal Gland. Endoscopy. 2012 Dec;44 Suppl 2 UCTN:E385-6. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1310145. Epub 2012 Nov 8

Sharma R, Maliakkal B. Polypoid rectal mass in a 21 yo female with hematochezia: Be-nign Rectal Teratoma. Gastroenterology 2011 Aug; 141(2):436-7, 781. Epub 2011 Jun 24.

Sharma R, DeCross A. Zenker’s diverticulitis secondary to Alendronate ingestion: A rare case of recurrent dysphagia GIE Volume 73 issue 2; 368-370

Kayali Z, Herring J, Baron P, Franco E, Ojogho O, Smith J, Watkins G, Smith D, LaminV, Hoang T, Sharma R, Mathahs M, Sowers L, Brown KE , Schmidt WN
Increased plasma nitric oxide, L-arginine, and arginase-1 in cirrhotic patients with pro-gressive renal dysfunction. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2009 Jun;24(6):1030-7. Epub 2009 Feb 15.

Ajumobi A, Bahiri K, Sharma R, Griffin R. Barrett’s Esophagus under Antisecretory Therapy: The Higher the Severity of Dysplasia Higher the Likelihood of Regression. Am Journal of Gastroenterology, Supplement. 2007 Sep; 102(S2): 130-131

Hattori M, Li A, Sharma R, Limjoco J, Schmidt WN, Kayali Z, Escher A. Decreased Ex-pression of Peripheral IL-10 mRNA and Deregulation of Immunoregulatory Function in Patients with Decompensated Cirrhosis. Gastroenterology, Supplement 1. 2008 Apr; 134(4): A-836

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles/Abstracts(Other than Published)

Sharma R, Condon D, Olafsson S. Experienced Endoscopists Display Lack of Consensus when Encountering Poor Colon Prep. ORAL presentation Digestive Diseases Week (DDW) 2009, Chicago,IL,

Sharma R, Jackson C, Olafsson S. Clinical presentation and Outcomes of Mallory-Weiss Syndrome: A VA Experience. Digestive Diseases Week (DDW) 2009, Chicago, IL,

Published Book Chapters

Shah, A and Sharma, R. Pearls of Wisdom, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Board Re-view by McGraw Hill THIRD EDITION 2012 Chapters 20, page 159-164 Small Intesti-nal Congenital and Structural Abnormalities AND Chapter 24, Page 183-188 Large Intes-tinal Congenital and Structural Abnormalities

Scientific Poster Presentations

Sharma R, Rivera R, Shah A, Gullickson D, Ullah A. Polypoid Heterotopic Gastric Tis-sue in Duodenum Removed Endoscopically. Presented at ACG Oct. 2011, Washington DC

Sharma R, DeCross A Zenker’s Diverticulitis Secondary to Alendronate Ingestion: A rare case of recurrent dysphagia. ACG Oct. 2010, San Antonio, TX

Sharma R, DeCross A, Kaul V, Ullah A. Post minor Papillotomy Bleed in a Patient with Pancreas Divisum. ACG Oct. 2010, San Antonio, TX

Sharma R, Maliakkal B. Recurrent Abdominal Pain due to Splenic Torsion in a young male. ACG Oct. 2010, San Antonio, TX
Sharma R, Ullah A, Kaul V: Right adrenal EUS- Safety, Efficacy and Affect on patient management. ACG Oct. 2010, San Antonio, TX

Ajumobi A, Bahiri K, Sharma R, Griffin R. Barrett’s Esophagus under Antisecretory Therapy: The Higher the Severity of Dysplasia Higher the Likelihood of Regression. Poster presented at: American College of Gastroenterology (ACG); Philadelphia, PA

Lori R. Aplin RN
To whom it may concern:

It is with great privilege that I write to-you in recommendation of Dr. Rajiv Sharma. It has been my joy to know him professionally through working with him through his service efforts assisting our organization and through speaking to senior citizens at the free community based education program Dine with a Doc®. Additionally, Raj iv assisted our organization with financial support at a variety of fundraisers by sponsoring tables at each event AND donating the tickets to charity so senior citizens who couldn’t afford to attend the event were able to do so.

He is an empathetic and caring person who is always willing to take on a task (no matter how challenging) in an effort to serve. Rajiv is dependable and very resourceful. When a commitment to a local patient kept him from his ability to speak for the Dine with a Doc® program at a location 90 minutes away, he did a “FACETIME” lecture with the attendees and was able to successfully answer questions to fulfill his commitment to the seniors and our organization as well.

His compassion for others is evident in all that he does. When interacting with the audience, he has the ability to make each person feel as though he is talking 1:1 to each and every one of them. Upon completing his lectures, he always makes time to address any questions/ concerns the individual from the audience member who didn’t feel comfortable asking publicly.

Senior Education Ministries, a faith based 501 c 3 not for profit organization, prides itself on corporate values such as integrity and empathy to the community individuals, and in this area he truly shines.

Our organization has had a very positive experience as a result of working with him and do believe that lives were positively impacted by his volunteer efforts. He is a valuable asset for any organization/ business and we feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with him.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Lori Aplin RN

Executive Director

  • Senior Education Ministries, Inc. is a 501 c 3 organization that functions under a Board of Directors.
  • Senior Education Ministries, Inc. is dedicated to preserving the history of our community evidenced in the lives of our senior citizens and veterans.
  • Our mission is to enhance their quality of life , ensure safety and protection, and provide potentially lifesaving resources through our FREE community based educational programs such as Dine with a Doc®, Purple Harp ®, Passion in the Park, Signing for The Savior, Lunch with a Lawyer, Last Will & Testimony, etc.


I’ve been a patient of Dr. Sharma’s for the last 3 years and he has helped me get my Ulcerative Colitis under control. I really appreciate his approach to wellness because he looks to solve the problem rather than simply alleviate symptoms. He puts a lot of emphasis on natural gut health. He is personable, empathetic, and eager to help.


I have used Dr. Sharma as my go to gastroenterologist. I have no hesitation in contacting him for any questions concerning patients or other GI issues. My patients enjoy having him as their GI doctor especially those with chronic issues that need his level of expertise.

— Dr. Brake Jr., Referring Doctor DOCTOR TESTIMONIAL

Dr. Sharma is a professional and dedicated physician with a personalized approach to patient care. The health care system needs more physicians like him. I would feel very comfortable with my family under his medical care

— Dr. AA, Referring Doctor DOCTOR TESTIMONIAL

Dr. Sharma has been the GI doctor for my family for almost 4 years. Ever since answering his calling to
open a practice in Terre Haute, we have made the choice to continue seeing Dr. Sharma even though it
is a 4-hour round trip drive to do so. His approach to patient care involves both conventional and proven
holistic medicine, focusing on the whole body. We are certainly looking forward to a continued
relationship with Dr. Sharma for all of our future GI needs.



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