PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, December 27, 2016

SB Physician of the Year

Dr. Ayesha Shaikh named Physician of the Year for Santa Barbara County“>
SANTA BARBARA, CA – November 18, 2016 – The Central Coast Medical Association awarded Ayesha Shaikh, MD, as the 2016 Physician of the Year for Santa Barbara County. The honor is for a physician who has worked to improve the quality of health care, contributed to the education of other physicians, and engaged in community service and other activities outside of medicine.

Dr. Lynn Rudman presented the award and shared stories of Dr. Shaikh, who has traveled the world helping women. Dr. Shaikh has been on medical humanitarian trips to South Sudan and El Salvador where she taught best practices in obstetrics to local physicians at small rural hospitals, and she is planning another trip in the near future as well.

Dr. Shaikh received her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Stanley Medical College at Madras University and then went on to receive her medical degree in obstetrics and gynecology from Seth G.S. Medical College at Bombay University in India. She completed her second residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Chicago where she received the Abby Norman Prince Award.

Dr. Shaikh moved to Santa Barbara in 1984, and she currently practices medicine at the Santa Barbara Medical Center. She is on staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where she has served as Chief of Staff and as Chair of the OB/GYN Department.

Dr. Shaikh is a past president of the Central Coast Medical Association, and she has served as a trustee with Santa Barbara Middle School, Direct Relief International, William Sansum Diabetes Center, and Planned Parenthood. She is a fellow of the American College of OB/GYN and is a member of the American Medical Women’s Association.

Dr. Shaikh is married to Mohammed Shaikh, PhD, a materials engineer and business executive, and they have a daughter, Sarah. When not practicing medicine or volunteering, Dr. Shaikh enjoys golfing, reading, and traveling.


The mission of the Central Coast Medical Association is promoting the science and art of medicine, care and well-being of patients, protection of the public health, and betterment of the medical profession. The 700-physician member organization includes medical doctors of all specialties throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

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