Almaz Sharman

RUS / ENG

Almaz Sharman, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine

 asharman@zdrav.kz    | www.zdrav.kz | twitter.com/almazsharman

 

Graduated from Asfendiyarov National Medical University, Almaz Sharman has 30 years experience in the fields of academic medicine and  healthcare management.

Currently, Dr. Sharman is president of Academy of Preventive Medicine. The Academy is Kazakhstan’s largest nongovernmental organization founded in 1995. It’s mission is to study socio-economic determinants of health and to provide a powerful voice and organizational structure for the advancement of measures for the promotion of health, the prevention of disease, the care of sick, and the rehabilitation of the disabled, improve the quality of personal and community health of the people of Kazakhstan through introducing the best international and local expertise in healthcare. The Academy presents to government, professional, and other bodies the consensus of public health workers’ opinions on healthy policy matters and serves to advance the professional position and interests of public health personnel. The Academy is a platform for advocacy and collective action in addressing public health challenges and opportunities.

In 200 – 2013, Dr. Sharman, served as Deputy Chairman of Executive Board at Nazarbayev University and Chairman of the Board of University’s Center for Life Sciences. One of strategic goals of Nazarbayev University is to create Academic Healthcare System to integrate biomedical research, patient care and medical education. At this position Dr. Sharman provided leadership in establishing university’s Center for Life Sciences, a biomedical research organization that focuses on genomics and personalized medicine, translational research, regenerative medicine, and clinical research. The Center is now fully functioning with a total of 30 research staff hired and trained, infrastructure built and equipped, five research grant applications approved by the Ministry of Education and Science with a total budget of $5M, and research partnerships established with leading academic centers: University of Pittsburgh, Duke University, Columbia University, and US National Institutes of Health.

In 2008, Almaz Sharman founded National Medical Holding and served as its first Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. The National Medical Holding (NMH), a pioneering project of Kazakhstan’s healthcare at country’s capital city of Astana. The mission of NMH is to introduce international standards of quality and safety of care, to ensure financial sustainability and growth, and to introduce innovative medical technologies. NMH is a joint stock company is now owned by Nazarbayev University. The majority (85%) of NMH funding comes from the Health Ministry and the rest (15%) comes from private sources. As NMH CEO the task of Dr. Sharman was to coordinate commissioning of NMH hospitals (buildings, medical equipment, infrastructure), establish corporate management system, hire key staff, provide strategic management, and coordinate the development and implementation of business plans and key performance indicators. Currently the NMH comprises six state-of-the-art tertiary care hospitals with a total capacity of 1500 in-patient beds operating in the areas of maternal and child care, emergency care, cardiology and cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, internal medicine, nuclear medicine, and rehabilitation. Over 3000 doctors, nurses and ancillary staff provide patient care at NMH hospitals. NMH’s Center for Maternal and Child Health was accredited by the Joint Commission International. It is the first hospital of such scale in post-soviet countries to receive the Joint Commission accreditation. At NMH’s Center for Cardiac Surgery first heart ventricular assistance device implantation and first heart transplant surgery were performed. Since 2010, when NMH became part of Nazarbayev University, serve as a member of NMH Board responsible for Academic Healthcare System.

In 2007 Dr. Sharman founded Medtronic country office for Kazakhstan. Main tasks at this job for Dr. Sharman were to register country office, establish a network of distributors, and coordinate physician training, marketing program, product registration, and sales efforts. Successfully developed relationships with key opinion leaders among cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists, neurosurgeons, endocrinologists. Initiated and coordinated Medtronic’s efforts in the areas of Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management (CRDM), Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Surgery, Spinal and Biologics, Diabetes. During that time, also worked as a consultant for Capital Partners, Kazakhstan’s leading infrastructure-development company to develop a private international multi-disciplinary hospital in Almaty city.

In 2004 – 2006 Almaz Sharman was Coordinator for Kazakhstan at US Agency for International Development (USAID)  .  At this senior-level position Dr. Sharman served a primary liaison official for the US Government assistance program with the Government of Kazakhstan, U.S. Embassy, USAID contractors and grantees, and international donor organizations. Responsibilities included monitoring and coordination of a broad technical assistance program in the areas of fiscal reform, enterprise development, democratization, financial reform, NGO development, health reform, infectious disease, and energy and environment. With understanding of the importance of resource management focused on establishing a dialogue and negotiations with the Government of Kazakhstan on a cost share agreement whereby the Government of Kazakhstan would actually pay a total of $15 million for USAID technical assistance. This agreement, the Program Economic Development has been signed and ratified by the Parliament of Kazakhstan. It is currently ongoing bilateral cooperation program. As a member of Kazakhstan National Council on Health have provided professional expertise and assistance to Kazakhstan’s Health Ministry in designing the National Health Reform Strategy, which has been described by The Lancet as “comprehensive and well conceived, based on contemporary ideas to health policy”.

In 2001-2004 Dr. Sharman worked as Infectious Disease Advisor for USAID Regional Office for Central Asia.  He provided technical leadership, expert advice, as well as assistance in strategic development, program and budget design, and project implementation of infectious disease prevention and control activities throughout the five Central Asia countries (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan). The responsibilities included: 1) overall management and direction of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Central Asia Project; 2) overseeing Soros Network Regional Infectious Disease Prevention Program; 3) undertaking liaison between USAID/CAR offices, U.S. Embassies, donors and international organizations, and USAID contractors/grantees, as well as engaging in official personal contacts with high ranking officials from all countries in Central Asia to facilitate coordination of policies, approaches, and programs. As a member Country Coordination Mechanisms for the Global Fund to Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria provided assistance to the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in their applications to the Global Fund. This activity was resulted in the decision made by the Global Fund to provide grants to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in the amounts of $22.5 million, $15 million, and $25 million, respectively. Additionally, provided leadership in the establishment of a $450,000 Global Development Alliance (GDA) with U.S. company Becton Dickinson on HIV/AIDS monitoring, and based on that experience, pursued GDA opportunities with oil companies, commercial banks and other private entities working in Kazakhstan.

In 1997 – 2004 Almaz Sharman was involved in university teaching as Associate at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In1994 – 2001 Dr. Sharman worked at MEASURE DHS+ project funded by US Agency for International Development (USAID). He was responsible for coordinating all phases of demographic and health surveys (DHS) in Central Asia: Kazakhstan (1995, 1999), Uzbekistan (1996), Kyrgyz Republic (1997), Turkmenistan (2000). Responsibilities included initiation of the survey (assessment of data needs and survey feasibility, budget development and contract negotiations), as well as assistance to national survey implementing organizations with survey planning and design, recruiting the operational staff, interviewer training, fieldwork monitoring and supervision, data analysis, production of reports and dissemination of the survey results. Dr. Sharman also worked with the national ministries of health on development of policy recommendations based on the results of the DHS surveys. Was responsible for designing biomarker components for the surveys, such as testing for anemia, retinol, HIV, and malaria. In collaboration with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and United Nations Joint Program on AIDS (UNAIDS), was involved in designing a methodology for integrated population-based HIV testing. The methodology was implemented in several developing countries with high rates of HIV/AIDS, and has become a standard for DHS surveys. HIV testing data generated by using this methodology was used by UNAIDS to lower the estimate of the number of people afflicted by HIV in the world by 7 million cases. In 1997 and 1998, participated in a collaborative research project with Princeton University on reproductive health in the Central Asian Republics, which was resulted in a monograph and presentation to U.S. Congressional staff, and a series of recommendations to the governments of Central Asian countries on anemia prevention and reproductive health.

In 1991 – 1993, Almaz Sharman was a research fellow at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Immunobiology Vaccine Center. He worked as a member of international team of biomedical researchers on a US National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study of mucosal immunology and oral vaccine development. Main focus was on experimental models of hapten-induced inflammatory bowel disease and studying intraepithelial T lymphocytes.

 

 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS 

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE IS KEY TO HEALTHCARE IN KAZAKHSTAN, SAYS PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE.  The Astana Times, 23 December 2013: http://www.astanatimes.com/2013/12/preventive-medicine-key-healthcare-kazakhstan-says-professor-medicine/TUBERCULOSIS IN KAZAKHSTAN: ANALYSIS OF RISK DETERMINANTS IN NATIONAL SURVEILLANCE DATA. Terlikbayeva AHermosilla SGalea SSchluger NYegeubayeva SAbildayev TMuminov TAkiyanova FBartkowiak LZhumadilov ZSharman AEl-Bassel NBMC Infect Dis. 2012 Oct 18;12:262. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-12-262.

ISOLATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF LACTOBACILLI FROM TRADITIONAL KAZAKH DAIRY PRODUCTS. Kushugulova A, Kozhakhmetov S, Supiyev A, Shakhabayeva G, Saduakhasova S, Sabitkyzy S, Gulyaev A, Nurgozhin T, Zhumadiloz Zh, Sharman A. Ints. J. Probiotics and Prebiotics, 2013, v8, No 2/3: 95-100

MODERNIZATION AND GROWTH IN KAZAKHSTAN (EDITORIAL)
Sharman, A. Central Asian Journal of Global Health, 2012, Vol 1, No 1; http://cajgh.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/cajgh/article/view/11/15

ANEMIA AMONG WOMEN AND CHILDREN. Sharman, A. Goldberg, H. in: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ORC Macro. 2003. Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health in Eastern Europe and Eurasia: A Comparative Report. Atlanta, GA (USA) and Calverton, MD (USA). pp 155-163

DHS+: BUILDING THE "H" IN THE DEMOGRAPHIC AND HEALTH SURVEYS. Almaz Sharman. MEASURE DHS+, ORC Macro, American Public Health Association, 2001: https://apha.confex.com/apha/129am/techprogram/paper_32262.htm

ANAEMIA IN CENTRAL ASIA: DEMOGRAPHIC AND HEALTH SURVEY EXPERIENCE. Almaz Sharman. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, vol. 19, no. 4, 1998, The United Nations University

HAPTEN-INDUCED MODEL OF MURINE INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE: MUCOSA IMMUNE RESPONSES AND PROTECTION BY TOLERANCE. Elson CO, Beagley KW, Sharman A, Fujihashi K, Kiyono H, Tennyson GS, Cong Y, Black CA, Ridwan BW, McGhee JR. J Immunol. 1996 Sep 1;157(5):2174-85

HEALTH CARE IN KAZAKSTAN. Sharmanov T, McAlister A, Sharman A. World Health Forum. 1996;17(2):197-9. PMID: 8936281

DIFFERENCES IN INTRAEPITHELIAL LYMPHOCYTE T CELL SUBSETS ISOLATED FROM MURINE SMALL VERSUS LARGE INTESTINE. Beagley KW, Fujihashi K, Lagoo AS, Lagoo-Deenadaylan S, Black CA, Murray AM, Sharman A, Yamamoto M, McGhee JR, Elson CO, et al. J Immunol. 1995 Jun 1;154(11):5611-9.

HORMONE RECEPTOR ASSAYS AND THEIR VALUE IN BREAST CANCER THERAPY. Gaffney EV, Sharman A, Moody WE, Halpin DP, Blakemore WS, Elliott CB. Cancer Biother. 1993 Spring;8(1):17-28. Review. No abstract available.

THE ROLE OF PRECIPITATING SERUM ANTIBODIES IN TUBERCULOSIS PATIENTS. Klyshev TL, Muminov TA, Sharman AT, Pak AV. Probl Tuberk. 1991;(1):59-60 (Rus)

PATHOLOGIC PHENOTYPES OF ALPHA 1-PROTEASE INHIBITOR IN PATIENTS WITH PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS. Muminov TA, Medvedskiĭ SM, Talbaev TD, Il'chenko LA, Sharman AT. Probl Tuberk. 1991;(3):67-8 (Rus)

EFFECT OF VITAMIN E DEFICIENCY ON OXIDATIVE METABOLISM AND ANTIOXIDANT ENZYME ACTIVITY OF MACROPHAGES. Sharman AT, Aidarkhanov BB, Kurmangalinov SM. Ann Nutr Metab. 1990;34(3):143-6.

FOOD SUBSTANCES AND THE FUNCTIONING OF THE CELLS OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM. Sharman AT. Nutr Issues. 1990 Jan-Feb;(1):4-11

AN INCREASE IN ACTIVITY OF NATURAL KILLER CELLS IN RATS WITH VITAMIN A DEFICIENCY. Saparov AS, Kon IIa, Sharman AT. Nutr Issues. 1989 Mar-Apr;(2):30-2.

EFFECT OF TOCOPHEROL ON THE OXIDATIVE METABOLISM OF MACROPHAGES. Sharman AT, Aĭdarkhanov BB, Kurmangaliev SM. Biull Exp Biol Med. 1986 Jun;101(6):723-5.

EFFECT OF PRO- AND ANTIOXIDANT FOOD FACTORS ON MACROPHAGE OXIDATIVE METABOLISM. Sharman AT. Nutr Issues. 1985 May-Jun;(3):52-5.

MACROPHAGE OXIDATIVE METABOLISM AND THE ENZYME FUNCTION OF ANTIOXIDANT PROTECTION. Aĭdarkhanov BB, Sharmanov AT. Dokl Akad Nauk SSSR. 1985;285(3):759-61

 

 

MONOGRAPHS, BOOKS

 

THE SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR HEALTHY AGING AND ANTI-AGING PROCESSES (Монография - ENG).  Mary Ann Liebert inc. Publishers, New York, 2011: http://zdrav.kz/attachments/Anti-aging%20Processess_ENGL.pdf

НАУЧНЫЕ ОСНОВЫ КАЧЕСТВЕННОГО ДОЛГОЛЕТИЯ И АНТИСТАРЕНИЯ (Монография - РУС).  Mary Ann Liebert inc. Publishers, New York, 2011 http://zdrav.kz/attachments/Anti-aging%20Processess_RUSS.pdf   

КАЧЕСТВО ЖИЗНИ, ЗДОРОВЬЕ И ДОЛГОЛЕТИЕ (Научно-популярная книга). Назарбаев университет, Изд. «Атамура», 2011 г.

БИОМЕДИЦИНА, ЗДОРОВЬЕ И ДОЛОЛЕТИЕ (Монография).  APM-Medlink, Bethesda, MD, USA, 2010

ФОРМУЛА ЗДОРОВЬЯ (Научно-популярная книга). Атамура. 2009

СИНДРОМ ПРИОБРЕТЕННОГО ИММУНОДЕФИЦИТА (Монография). NeiroNex, Bethesda, MD, USA, 2006

АНЕМИЯ (Монография). Атамура, Алматы, 2004

ANEMIA TESTING IN POPULATION-BASED SURVEYS, (Монография). ORC Macro, Calverton, MD, USA, 2000

 

 

POPULAR ARTICLES, INTERVIEWS, BLOGS

 

НЕ ЛЕЧИ БЕСПЛАТНО? Блог на Tengrinews, 14 ноября 2013 12:11:  http://tengrinews.kz/opinion/445/

СБЕРЕЧЬ ОСНОВУ ЖИЗНИ. Интервью газете «Казахстанская правда» 14 ноября 2013 г: http://kazpravda.softdeco.net/c/1339639076

КАЧЕСТВЕННО ПРОЖИТЬ ДО СТАРОСТИ И УМЕРЕТЬ БЫСТРО. Блог на Tengrinews, 12 октября 2013 12:42: http://tengrinews.kz/opinion/433/

КОНЕЦ СОВЕТСКОЙ НАУКИ…ЧТО ДЕЛАТЬ? Блог на Tengrinews, 20 сентября 2013: http://tengrinews.kz/opinion/425/

DEPLOYING SMART BOMBS AGAINST CANCER
Astana Times, July 6, 2012; http://astanatimes.kz/index.php?uin=1290951494&pg=1341492185#news

УМНЫЕ БОМБЫ ПРОТИВ РАКА. Интервью газете «Казахстанская правда» 14 июня 2012 г: http://kazpravda.softdeco.net/c/1339639076

НОВАЯ ЭРА МЕДИЦИНЫ. Интервью газете «Central Asia Monitor» 17 мая 2012 г.: http://camonitor.com/archives/3994

КАК МОЛОДЫ МЫ БУДЕМ. Статья о научных направлениях Центра Наук о Жизни в газете «Новое Поколение» 29 марта 2012 г: http://www.np.kz/index.php?newsid=10635

НАЗАРБАЕВ УНИВЕРСИТЕТ СОЗДАЕТ УНИКАЛЬНУЮ МОДЕЛЬ ИНТЕГРАЦИИ МЕДИЦИНСКОГО ОБРАЗОВАНИЯ, НАУКИ И ПРАКТИКИ. Интервью газете «Казахстанская правда» 1 декабря 2011 г: http://kazpravda.softdeco.net/c/1322704799

ВЕТРЫ ПРЕРИЙ И ДУХ СТЕПЕЙ ИЛИ ЧТО ОБЩЕГО МЕЖДУ АМЕРИКОЙ И КАЗАХСТАНОМ 
Интервью в газете Казак Әдебиетi 12 февраля 2011 г: http://zdrav.kz/ru/index/about/publications/publication-03032012.html

ГОРИЗОНТЫ ДОЛГОЛЕТИЯ. В КАЗАХСТАНЕ ПОСТАВЛЕНА СТРАТЕГИЧЕСКАЯ ЗАДАЧА ПО ПОВЫШЕНИЮ КАЧЕСТВА И ПРОДОЛЖИТЕЛЬНОСТИ ЖИЗНИ ГРАЖДАН 
Интервью газете «Казахстанская правда» 19 января 2011 г: http://kazpravda.softdeco.net/c/1295398529

СИНЕРГИЯ ВЗАИМОДЕЙСТВИЯ. ИНТЕГРАЦИЯ МЕДИЦИНСКОГО ОБРАЗОВАНИЯ, НАУКИ И ПРАКТИКИ – НОВАЯ ПАРАДИГМА АКАДЕМИЧЕСКОГО ЗДРАВООХРАНЕНИЯ «НАЗАРБАЕВ УНИВЕРСИТЕТА». Интервью газете «Казахстанская правда» 11 ноября 2010 г: http://kazpravda.softdeco.net/c/1289431658

ГОСПИТАЛЬ БУДУЩЕГО: ОТ ИДЕИ ДО ВОПЛОЩЕНИЯ. Интервью газете «Казахстанская правда» о Национальном медицинском холдинге, 3 ноября 2009 г:  http://kazpravda.softdeco.net/c/1257190726

МИССИЯ ВЫПОЛНИМА. Интервью газете «Казахстанская правда» о Национальном медицинском холдинге, 28 июня 2008 г http://kazpravda.softdeco.net/c/1214600428

РЫНОЧНЫЕ МЕХАНИЗМЫ И ИНВЕСТИЦИОННЫЙ ПОТЕНЦИАЛ ЗДРАВООХРАНЕНИЯ КАЗАХСТАНА. Интервью газете «Казахстанская правда», 17 ноября 2005 г: http://www.kazpravda.kz/c/1132179202

 США И КАЗАХСТАН: ТРАЕКТОРИИ СОТРУДНИЧЕСТВА. Интервью газете «Казахстанская правда», 2 августа 2005 г: http://www.kazpravda.kz/c/1122923258

СПИД МОЖНО ОСТАНОВИТЬ. Интервью газете «Казахстанская правда», 1 февраля 2003 г: http://www.kazpravda.kz/c/1003020157

 «АНЕМИЯ». МОНОГРАФИЯ ВЫПУЩЕНА В КАЗАХСТАНЕ. Интервью газете «Казахстанская правда», 22 июня 2002 г: http://www.kazpravda.kz/c/1000062201

 

 

APPEARANCES ON YOUTUBE/TELEVISION/INTERNET

ГРАНИ РЕАЛЬНОСТИ – ток шоу на ТенгриТВ:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVwNYiuXwGU

Astana TV interview at “Status Quo” Studio: http://www.zdrav.kz/node/18

TEDx Almaty, September 16, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rdz-XFgU1Es&feature=plcp

TEDx Yesil, August 4, 2012: http://tedxyesil.com/?page_id=252

ПРОБЛЕМЫ РАЗВИТИЯ МЕДИЦИНЫ. Выступление на Астанинском экономическом форуме. Май 2012 г. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O29xD73j4xM

О РАЗВИТИИ БИОМЕДИЦИНЫ В НАЗАРБАЕВ УНИВЕРСИТЕТЕ. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p1DyUC-coE

 

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