Aug. 15, 2022 — Shireen Madani Sims, M.D. ’01, wakes up every morning excited to go to work and hopes to inspire medical students to find the same passion in their future careers.
A quadruple Gator, completing her undergraduate studies, medical degree and residency at the University of Florida before joining the faculty, she comes from a family dedicated to health care. Her father worked as an OB-GYN, and her mother and grandmother cared for others as nurses. Madani grew up seeing the difference they made in patients’ lives and can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a doctor. What she didn’t expect was to feel such a strong passion for education, an interest she discovered in her time at the University of Florida College of Medicine.
“I would never have guessed I would end up in academic medicine,” said Madani, assistant dean of student affairs at the College of Medicine and professor and vice chair for education in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. “But throughout your time at UF, you meet mentors and you see amazing people doing phenomenal work. I was lucky to have so many wonderful mentors: Dr. Ken Kellner, Dr. Pat Duff, Dr. Amelia Cruz and Dr. Keith Stone, among others. They showed me what an educator can be, and I realized this was the type of job I wanted.”
Upon completing her undergraduate and medical school studies at UF, Madani stayed at the College of Medicine for residency training and joined the faculty shortly after. She initially served as the clerkship director for the OB-GYN department, helping medical students find what they were passionate about. Now, as the assistant dean of student affairs, which she described as her dream role, she guides students toward their own dream careers.
“I really get to take on an exciting role in the career advising program here at UF,” Madani said. “It’s about trying to help students figure out what their priorities and values are to help them find a job that’s going to get them excited to get out of bed and go to work every day.”