Christine Sharkey, MD

Clinical Associate Professor
UW Med Fndtn Centennial Bldg
1685 Highland Ave 4135
Madison WI 53705-2281


  • McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas – MD
  • Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam, Houston, Texas – Residency in Internal Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wisconsin – Fellowship in Rheumatology

Professional Activities

Dr. Christine D. Sharkey is a faculty member in the Division of Rheumatology within the Department of Medicine (DOM). She is passionate about her role as a clinician-educator, with interests in education and mentorship from medical students through faculty. She serves on the department's education committee and on the DOM Educator Academy board of directors. She has received several department awards for excellence in education and mentoring.

Dr. Sharkey also serves on the guidelines committee of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and was on the voting panel for the recently released ACR ILD guideline.

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Sharkey's clinical interests include treating patients with autoimmune interstitial lung disease, lupus and arthritis.

Her interest in systemic autoimmune rheumatology disease (SARDs) and interstitial lung disease (ILD) led her to help establish a new subspecialty pulmonary clinic that brings together pulmonary, rheumatology and pharmacy providers to provide comprehensive care for patients with SARDs and SARDs-associated ILD. 

Research Interests

Dr. Sharkey was awarded a multi-year grant through the UW Centennial Scholar's program. These funds and protected time will be used to support her time well as funding for educational and leadership initiatives. Her goal is to find strategies to increase the representation of underrepresented populations in health care. 

Dr. Sharkey also maintains several institutional review board (IRB) projects focused on delivering rheumatology education to internal medicine residents: Co PI Impact of Redesigning Rheum2Learn: A comparison of knowledge, confidence, and clinical reasoning in residents using virtual patients vs. text-based modules in a randomized controlled trial and Co-PI Rheum4Games: A Fun Path to improve in-training scores in community based internal medicine residency programs (2024-0129).