Meet Doctor and Nurse Practitioner
Meet Dr. Desh Bandhu Sharma
Dr. Desh B. Sharma attended medical school on full scholarship at the highly prestigious University of Jammu (and Kashmir) in India, and graduated in 1998.
He started practicing medicine by age 24 and moved to USA in 2003 when he was 31 years old. Dr. Sharma has experience in psychiatrics, orthopedic medicine, anesthesia plus forensic medicine when he was practicing in India.
Dr. Sharma has completed his residency at the New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn in 2007. New York Methodist Hospital is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He underwent his fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn and graduated in June 2012.
During his tenure in New York Methodist Hospital, he worked as a chief resident in internal medicine. Dr. Sharma also worked as a hospitalist/internist for one year in Michigan. He is a board certified in Gastroenterology/Hepatology.
Dr. Sharma moved to San Antonio in July 2012 and has been providing care for patient with a wide range of digestive aliments, including colon cancer screening, acid reflux, IBD, IBS, C diff colitis with fecal microbiota transplantation, liver and pancreatic diseases. In his free time he enjoys riding on his motorbike, listening to the music, traveling and adventure sports, including skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting.
Dr. Sharma is fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu, a language spoke in Northern India and Pakistan. He and his wife have two children.
Meet Nurse Practitioner Sara Hajda
Sara Hajda, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and joined Gastro Star in July of 2021. Sara began her studies at Texas A&M University in 2008 where she received her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2011. She then attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she graduated Magna cum laude in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After over two years of acute care inpatient experience, Sara advanced her nursing education at UT Health San Antonio and graduated with High Honors with a Master of Science degree in Nursing specializing in Family Practice in 2019.
In her spare time, Sara enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, hiking, relaxing on the beach, reading, and traveling.