About Dr. Sharma
Akanksha Sharma, MD, is board certified in neurology, neuro-oncology and palliative medicine. She is experienced in the treatment of primary/metastatic brain tumors, neurological complications of cancer, and disease-related burden and symptoms.
Her clinical and research interests lie in helping patients maximize their time and quality of life. She aims to align treatment with patient goals and to provide holistic care that includes careful symptom assessment and management, as well as support for the patient’s loved ones.
Dr. Sharma brings a unique perspective to neuro-oncology care in this area with her clinical experience combining neuro-oncology and palliative care. Her research focuses on understanding and improving quality of life, how we best manage symptoms, the importance of prognostication, and caregiver support. She partners with her patients and their families to develop holistic care plans that take into consideration both mind and body health, and the patient’s loved ones.
Dr. Sharma completed Neurology training at the University of Washington.
She then completed a two-year research/clinical Neuro-oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, followed by a Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at the University of Washington.
She is an active member of the Society for Neuro-oncology (SNO) (for whom she serves on the Women & Diversity Committee), the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), and the American Association of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).
Medicare, medicaid and most insurance plans are accepted. Please contact us to confirm coverage.
Clinic Locations & Contact Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, she is accepting new patients at this time.
Dr. Akanksha Sharma’s clinical focus is neuro-oncology.
Dr. Sharma speaks English.
Yes, Dr. Sharma is taking telehealth appointments. Please call 310-829-8265 to make an appointment.
Dr. Sharma’s office is located at 2121 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404.
Videos with Dr. Sharma
Meet Dr. Sharma
A PNI Minute with Dr. Akanksha Sharma | What is Palliative Care?
Coping with a Glioblastoma Diagnosis | Dr. Akanksha Sharma & Maria Quiban Whitesell
The Question We Dread with Dr. Akanksha Sharma
Articles by Dr. Sharma
Dr. Akanksha Sharma’s Heartfelt Message for the Brain Tumor Community & Beyond
During the ABTA Brain Tumor 5K Walk & Run event, Akanksha Sharma, MD, neuro-oncologist, neurologist, and palliative care specialist at Pacific Neuroscience Institute® (PNI ®), delivered a heartfelt message. In her speech, she shed light on the profound impact of brain tumors, the challenges that patients face, and shared inspiring advancements in research.
Glioblastoma at the Time of COVID-19
In February 2020, a beautiful and energetic young woman in her late 30s gave birth to her second child. In the week and months after, the world changed around her. Inside, she felt strange too – exhausted, moody, very irritable, forgetful all the time. Maybe…
May Is Brain Tumor Awareness Month
May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month. We “Go Gray in May” and celebrate our patients, their loved ones, and their important journeys with a full calendar of special events. Raising Awareness for Brain Tumors Our brain tumor patients and their loved ones often report that…
ResidencyNeurology, University of Washington
FellowshipNeuro-oncology, Mayo Clinic, AZ
Hospice and Palliative Medicine, University of Washington
CertificationsNeurology and Neuro-oncology