Dr. Sharief Taraman is Chief Executive Officer of Cognoa, a leading pediatric behavioral health and data company developing AI-based technologies to enable early and equitable diagnosis and care for children living with developmental and behavioral health conditions. Dr. Taraman previously served as Cognoa’s Chief Medical Officer and brings nearly two decades of clinical specialization in neurodevelopmental conditions, clinical informatics, and healthcare innovation.
Dr. Taraman is dual board-certified in Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and Clinical Informatics from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Taraman brings a wealth of leadership experience as President of the American Academy of Pediatrics-Orange County Chapter (AAP-OC), Board Member of AAP-California, and advisor to the International Society for Pediatric Innovation. He also served as Division Chief of Pediatric Neurology for Children’s Health of Orange County (CHOC) and is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California-Irvine School of Medicine and an Affiliate Professor at the Chapman University Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering. In addition to his clinical leadership, Taraman is a pioneer of intelligence-based healthcare innovations in practice, development, and research, serving on the founding leadership team of Mi4, the Sharon Disney Lund Medical Intelligence, Information, Investigation and Innovation Institute. Taraman completed his medical education at Wayne State University School of Medicine and his residency training in pediatrics and pediatric neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.