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Shari Lawson, M.D., M.B.A.

 Shari Lawson Shari Lawson - At Johns Hopkins since 2008

Division Director, General Obstetrics and Gynecology
Assistant Dean, Medical Student Affairs

Why did you decide to join Johns Hopkins Medicine?

After completing my residency, I had an opportunity to practice in the community. While I enjoyed my patients and many aspects of my clinical practice, I missed the opportunity to teach learners at various stages of their educational careers. Practicing at an academic center also affords the opportunity to be on the frontlines of medical innovation and technological advances.

Why have you decided to stay at Johns Hopkins Medicine?

I have stayed at Johns Hopkins Medicine because of the people. The medical students and residents who I work with continually renew my love of medicine in general, and obstetrics and gynecology, specifically. I love to watch someone as they learn to do something for the first time. My colleagues in the department and around the institution are committed to clinical excellence and patient care. I am always excited to collaborate on a complex case. Finally, I enjoy working with our diverse patient population.

Have several mentors — perhaps one each for research, clinical, career and wellness.

Please tell us about how you reached your leadership position.

I have always been interested in medical student and resident education – dating back to when I was a medical student. As a faculty member, I was an active participant in Genes to Society – Reproductive Section, PRECEDE and in our residency program’s lecture series. When a position in the Office of Medical Student Affairs became available, I was selected following a rigorous selection process.

I was selected as the inaugural director for the Johns Hopkins Hospital Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2013. At the time, I had been the medical director at the Bayview Medical Offices for five years.

Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of at Johns Hopkins Medicine?

I am most proud of our Division of General Ob/Gyn. I have had to work closely with our departmental director, administrator and other division directors to build this division. I went through the budget process, allocation of space/renovation and recruitment of faculty. It has been a great learning experience.

What advice would you give a woman who is aspiring to grow in her leadership responsibilities?

I would tell her to develop a plan that lists her short-term and long-term goals, and identify which skills she will need to achieve her goals. When opportunities arise, she should reevaluate whether they will help her achieve her goals. She should also have several mentors — perhaps one each for research, clinical, career and wellness. Her mentors can help keep her accountable to herself.

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