Sharif Vakili

Senior Associate

Sharif joined Polaris in 2019 and is a senior associate in the firm’s San Francisco office, where he invests across biotech and healthcare services sectors. Sharif is also a practicing physician who sees patients at Stanford, where he completed his Internal Medicine residency.

Prior to joining Polaris, Sharif worked in Business Development for RNA therapeutics company Translate Bio and in healthcare investing for SR One, where he supported cell therapy portfolio companies NKarta and Arcellx in Corporate Strategy roles.

Sharif is also the cofounder of USMLE Pro, a medical education company, and has published prolifically in clinical research and healthcare delivery. Sharif holds an MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MS and BS in Biology from Yale University.